THE megaa cloud storage company that is successor to megaupload, has been added to the European Union (EU) piracy watch list. However, the company claims that the EU measure is illegitimate and ignores Mega’s anti-piracy work. The EU list serves to inform which sites may be “problematic”, without any punitive decision.
Still, being on the list is a bad thing for a company looking to part ways with its creator — be it the old Megaupload site or Kim Dotcom, founder of the file downloader that was overthrown in 2012. The EU included Mega on the list because of possible music copyright violations.
Megaupload is the deck, my name is now Mega
In Cidade de Deus, the character Zé Pequeno changes his name after a pai de santo says that Dadinho, his first “nickname”, was already grown up. In the case of Mega, the name change also involves its growth.
In 2012, Megaupload was shut down after an American justice operation. A year later, the site resurfaced under the name Mega, adopting a more “law friendly” proposal for a cloud storage service and in compliance with copyright laws – Kim Dotcom is no longer involved with Mega.
The service has a page on its website about its transparency policy and copyright protection🇧🇷 According to Mega itself, more than 1.7 million files were excluded for violating these policies until September of this year — the equivalent of 0.001%
However, the EU is not very confident about this. In the observation list, the European body used as arguments for Mega to be included the fact that there are no filters for uploading files and a decision by the Russian court that blocked the site in the country.
The case of the filter is easy to exemplify. Various services popular cloud storage use AI to identify whether you are uploading illegal content, such as child abuse material. As much as Mega claims it fights this type of crime, the filter is useful to prevent content from being shared.
In the case of Mega’s issue with Russia, the service is accused of violating music copyrights. In the country, internet provider companies were forced to permanently block Mega. The decision was handed down in January of this year.
Mega defends itself: case in Russia has been resolved
Mega was not happy to be listed alongside the Pirate Bay and other popular piracy sites. “Unfortunately, the Commission [Europeia] never contacted Mega for an explanation or comment, so they misunderstood Mega and misrepresented our operations. Mega has not had the opportunity to correct their mistakes.”, said Stephen Hall, CEO of Mega, for the torrent freak🇧🇷
Regarding the court decision in Russia, Mega defended itself by stating that the decision was reversed after appealing in the Russian court. The company revealed that the sentence was applied without ever being heard. Hall further reported that links to music owned by Universal Music were immediately disabled as soon as the violations were reported.
As much as the company is walking the line, the past of Megaupload and with Kim Dotcom remains difficult to erase. In January, Mega will celebrate its 10th anniversary. With this induction on the EU’s piracy watch list, the company is expected to take firmer measures against piracy — it now has customers, business plans and should make a lot more profit than it did in the days of Megaupload.
With information: torrent freak