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Face it, you just miss it for the nostalgia but the website wasn't good. Mega fail
Type of site: Online file hosting
Created by: Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz)
Owner: Megaupload Ltd
Date of launch: March 21, 2005
Status: Defunct
Successor: MEGA

MegaUpload was an file-sharing website created by Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) on March 21, 2005, which got shut down in January 2012 due to legal issues. The shutdown resulted in Anonymous orchestrating a massive DDoS attack directed at various US Government websites. It was relaunched in 2013 as MEGA. The site became notorious for being the most well-known site to be seized by the FBI.

Why It Sucked

  1. The site had absolutely no quality control at all. Anything could be uploaded on there with no consequence for doing so.
  2. It was an example of a site that suffered from anonymous user usage, because anyone could upload files without the need to sign up for an account.
  3. Terrible file-finding issues. 
  4. Digital piracy was rampant (it was one of the top 3 websites that was classified as piracy sites in 2011, along with Megavideo and RapidShare), and the site put barely any effort in preventing it. You could infringe copyright without risking having your account suspended. 
  5. One of their related smaller websites, called Megavideo was not very well used. It had time-limits for non-members, leading to constant abuse of proxies such as proxy servers or as they were IP-based.
  6. Most of their smaller websites were not very well implemented and are often beated by larger competitors. 
  7. Despite being based in Hong Kong, users with Hong Kong IP addresses were banned from 2009 and onwards.
    • It was also blocked in several other countries before being seized by the USDOJ, including India, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It was good for sharing files.
  2. Its successor, MEGA, is a huge improvement over this website, despite its issues.


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