MEGAUPLOAD TIMELINE

The MegaUpload Shutdown Timeline

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THE MEGA SONG DISPUTE

December 2011
MegaUpload accuses Universal of takedown abuse over all-star video
MegaUpload sues Universal over YouTube takedown
MegaUpload frames Universal dispute in context of SOPA
More words exchanged in Mega Song dispute
Universal has no special takedown privileges says YouTube

January 2012
MegaUpload drops Universal lawsuit as founder fights for bail


THE US AUTHORITIES ATTACK

January 2012
US authorities take MegaUpload offline, and arrest key execs
Web shifts in the wake of the Mega arrests
Who is benefiting from the Mega shutdown?

February 2012
BTjunkie takes itself offline
Will the Mega swoop lead to more file-sharing site shut downs?


IMPACT OF MEGA SHUTDOWN

December 2012
MPAA says MegaUpload shutdown a triumph

March 2013
New research says MegaUpload shutdown was effective

August 2013
Report claims MegaUpload helped smaller movies

September 2013
Paper disputes claim that MegaUpload helped mid-sized movies


MEGA EXECS GET BAIL

January 2012
MegaUpload founder Schmitz refused bail
Two MegaUpload associates bailed

February 2012
Mega chief to make second bid for bail
Mega chief refused bail for a second time
Mega man bailed
Third Mega exec bailed
MegaUpload chief bailed
US to try to revoke Mega chief’s bail
Prosecutors fail to have Mega chief’s bail revoked


THE CRIMINAL CASE IN NEW ZEALAND

February 2012
US prosecutors make more Mega allegations
Mega extradition hearings not likely until August

March 2012
Schmitz hits out at US allegations
US files extradition papers for Mega four

April 2012
Footage of the Mega raid has disappeared
Prosecution object to Mega’s choice of lawyer
Could technicalities de-rail MegaUpload case?

May 2012
MegaUpload chief releases diss track against New Zealand MP
Dotcom won’t reveal passwords in second MegaUpload data dispute
MegaUpload prosecution told to share evidence with defence

June 2012
MegaUpload lawyers call on US courts to dismiss infringement case
MegaUpload prosecutors want more time to share evidence
MegaUpload says FBI broke law in copying Dotcom’s data
US prosecutors hit back in MegaUpload case
MegaUpload prosecutors given more time to share evidence
MegaUpload lawyers push for quick decision on case dismissal
Apple co-founder confirms support for Dotcom
New Zealand judge confirms MegaUpload raid and data share illegal

July 2012
Efforts to have MegaUpload case dismissed will be considered
Dotcom says American VP instigated MegaUpload shutdown
MegaUpload chief’s extradition hearing postponed into 2013
Dotcom says he’d voluntarily go to America in return for funds
Prosecutors claim MegaUpload had enough US connections
MegaUpload – Judge resigns, Beatz mentioned, Dotcom writes

August 2012
Dotcom claims he was beaten by police during raid
US must share MegaUpload evidence with Dotcom, court confirms

September 2012
MegaUpload evidence debate back in New Zealand court
New Zealand officials snooped on MegaUpload without authority

October 2012
New Zealand PM denies Hollywood trip linked to MegaUpload case
US judge denies MegaUpload’s first case dismissal claim
NZ police investigating Security Bureau over MegaUpload snooping

November 2012
Dotcom says it’s not his job to “police what people are uploading”
MegaUpload hearing could be delayed again
Dotcom says he could sue US government for $2.6 billion

December 2012
Team Mega given access to records of New Zealand spy agency

January 2013
MegaUpload says raid warrants dishonestly secured

February 2013
US DoJ calls Mega claims “sensationalist rhetoric”

March 2013
New Zealand court says FBI doesn’t have to share all Mega evidence
Dotcom can still sue New Zealand spy agency
Mega chief also plans to sue Hong Kong

April 2013
MegaUpload lawyers call for criminal case to be dismissed again

May 2013
US Attorney General defends MegaUpload assault
Lawyer says Germany should intervene in Dotcom case
New Zealand supreme court to hear MegaUpload evidence case

June 2013
Dotcom to get his data back, by court order
Dotcom extradition hearing postponed again

July 2013
Dotcom’s evidence dispute returns to New Zealand court

September 2013
Dotcom hits out as police decide not to prosecute NZ agency
Kim Dotcom sues New Zealand spies

December 2013
US DoJ publishes some of its evidence against MegaUpload

February 2014
Raid on Dotcom’s Mega home legal, says New Zealand appeals court

March 2014
Kim Dotcom extradition hearing delayed again
NZ courts say US authorities don’t need to disclose more evidence

May 2014
New Zealand Supreme Court to hear Dotcom’s warrants appeal

June 2014
Dotcom seeks whistleblower, promises $5 million for evidence

July 2014
Dotcom passwords must not be shared with the Feds, says judge
Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing pushed back into 2015

October 2014
Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom

November 2014
Bail conditions tightened for MegaUpload founder
"Broke" Kim Dotcom to find out about bail status tomorrow
Kim Dotcom bail hearing continues

December 2014
MegaUpload founder to remain on bail
Kim Dotcom’s lawyers get to negotiate with Hong Kong authorities
Kim Dotcom denies he’s a fugitive

August 2015
Kim Dotcom posts pre-MegaUpload shutdown chat with Universal

September 2015
MegaUpload lawyers call for yet another delay in extradition hearing
Appeal judges refuse to further postpone Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing
Kim Dotcom extradition hearing will proceed


ANDRUS NOMM IS JAILED

February 2015
One of the MegaUpload accused is in the US
Former MegaUpload exec pleads guilty, jailed for a year


THE EXTRADITION HEARING

September 2015
Kim Dotcom extradition hearing finally underway
MegaUpload rewarded top infringers, says prosecutor in extradition case

October 2015
Defence begins in MegaUpload extradition hearing
Kim Dotcom takes to the stand in MegaUpload extradition hearing
MegaUpload defence to get underway next week

November 2015
MegaUpload defence begins in extradition hearing
Prosecution set out to embarrass Kim Dotcom, says MegaUpload defence
Prosecution delivers closing arguments in MegaUpload extradition hearing
MegaUpload extradition hearing wraps up

December 2015
New Zealand court says MegaUpload men can be extradited to US
MegaUpload founder writes ‘Christmas address’


THE EXTRADITION APPEAL

August 2016
MegaUpload extradition appeal to be livestreamed on YouTube

September 2016
Closing arguments presented in MegaUpload extradition case


DISPUTES OVER THE MEGAUPLOAD ASSETS

February 2012
Schmitz to try to reclaim some of his Mega fortune

March 2012
Mega chief could regain assets after court order error
Dotcom gets monthly allowance as future of Mega data in doubt

April 2012
MegaUpload asks courts for access to seized funds
MegaUpload chief gets back some of his assets

July 2012
Dotcom says he’d voluntarily go to America in return for funds

August 2012
MegaUpload founder given access to cash

April 2014
New Zealand court rules to return assets to Dotcom
MegaUpload files papers in Hong Kong to get assets back

May 2014
Prosecutor appeals decision to return Kim Dotcom’s assets

June 2014
Movie studios to try to stop assets from being returned to Dotcom
Labels back movie studios in call for Dotcom’s assets to stay frozen
MegaUpload tries to freeze attempt to freeze MegaUpload unfreeze

July 2014
Kim Dotcom assets back in court

August 2014
Appeals court overturns ruling on unfreezing MegaUpload assets
Kim Dotcom fights to keep finances a secret

October 2014
Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom
Kim Dotcom’s battle for his assets moves to Hong Kong

December 2014
Kim Dotcom’s lawyers get to negotiate with Hong Kong authorities
Kim Dotcom denies he’s a fugitive

March 2015
"Broke" Kim Dotcom pushes for access to more of his frozen assets

July 2015
MegaUpload execs fight to get their assets back from the US government

July 2016
Twentieth Century Fox accuses Kim Dotcom of breaching court order

August 2016
Appeals court denies return of Kim Dotcom’s assets due to ‘fugitive’ status

September 2016
Kim Dotcom’s lawyers seek rehearing in US on seized assets


CIVIL ACTION BY RIGHTS OWNERS

March 2012
MegaUpload targeted with civil actions

May 2012
MegaUpload reps want civil cases postponed

July 2012
CMU Beef Of The Week #120 – Bruce Leddy v Kim Dotcom

April 2014
US movie studios sue MegaUpload
Labels sue MegaUpload

May 2014
MegaUpload asks for record industry’s lawsuit to be postponed

June 2014
US court puts studio and labels’ MegaUpload lawsuits on hold

July 2014
MegaUpload lawyers want further postponement of civil litigation

October 2015
Record industry’s MegaUpload lawsuit postponed again

July 2016
Kim Dotcom’s lawyer responds to interesting MegaVideo ruling in Italy

November 2016
Civil cases against MegaUpload kept on hold pending criminal action


LEGAL WRANGLING OVER THE LOST DATA

January 2012
What will happen to the legit files on the Mega platform?
Mega data given two week reprieve

February 2012
EFF leads charge to save Mega data

March 2012
Dotcom gets monthly allowance as future of Mega data in doubt

April 2012
EFF supports claim for access to Mega servers
MPAA files court papers about Mega servers
US Attorney doesn’t want to help “innocent” Mega users
MegaUpload asks courts for access to seized funds
Mega data hangs in the balance

May 2012
EFF calls on US court to act over MegaUpload data in limbo

June 2012
MPAA supports return of lost MegaUpload data – but…
US prosecutors say former MegaUpload customers should just sue
Former judge calls prosecutor’s attitude to lost data "outrageous"

October 2012
New court hearing to consider fate of lost MegaUpload data
MegaUpload user wants raid documents unsealed

June 2013
MegaUpload hosting company deletes files
MegaUpload considering legal action after data wipe

July 2013
MegaUpload lawyers ask courts to restart lost data talks

October 2013
Nearly eleven million legit files blocked in Mega shutdown

April 2014
Lost MegaUpload data sitting in a Virginia warehouse

August 2015
Server firm seeks to finally delete the old MegaUpload files
EFF responds to server firm seeking to delete lost MegaUpload files
Lawyers say the US government should buy lost data servers

September 2015
US government says former MegaUpload servers ain’t its problem

November 2015
Judge asks specific questions about lost MegaUpload data
Stakeholders respond over lost MegaUpload data

May 2016
MegaUpload data potentially lost as aging hard drives fail, say lawyers

October 2016
Lost MegaUpload data back in court, yet again


NEW SERVICES: MEGA, BABOOM & MEGAUPLOAD V2

January 2012
Were Mega’s D2F plans behind the major labels’ attack?

August 2012
Kim Dotcom promises Megabox coming this year

September 2012
Kim Dotcom previews Megabox

October 2012
Mega hopes to avoid copyright liability with encryption
Mega v2 to launch exactly one year after v1’s shutdown
US says Mega v2 could breach Dotcom’s bail

November 2012
Dotcom unveils Mega teaser site
Gabon minister stops the new Mega from using me.ga
Mega v2 to have New Zealand domain

January 2013
Kim Dotcom promotes Mega via radio ads
New Zealand radio firm pulls Mega advertising
Dotcom launches Mega
Questions raised over the security of Mega’s encryption

February 2013
Mega moves to stop unlock code exchange

March 2013
Megabox could launch in next six months, says Dotcom

September 2013
Dotcom steps down as Mega director
Dotcom confirms new name for Megabox D2F project

November 2013
Baboom to launch in January with Kim Dotcom album

January 2014
Baboom to launch today with Dotcom album preview

July 2014
Kim Dotcom planning stock market flotation for Baboom
Former Sony man joins Baboom

September 2014
IFPI takes down Dotcom’s album from Dotcom’s storage service
Mega hits out at inclusion in critical cyber locker report

October 2014
Baboom cuts ties with Kim Dotcom

August 2015
Baboom finally goes live, plays with the streaming music model

July 2016
Kim Dotcom plans to relaunch MegaUpload with original user database


Last updated: November 2016