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the day megaupload servers went offline (Jan 2012)
« on: September 01, 2016, 12:20:46 AM »
19 January 2012

Although incorporated in Hong Kong, the company did not operate in Hong Kong. From 2009 onward, users with Hong Kong IP addresses were banned from accessing the site. The reason for the block was never disclosed by Megaupload,[21] but Hong Kong Customs officials have suggested that the block was an attempt to hinder law enforcement investigation.[22]

As of 23 May 2010, access to Megaupload was intermittently blocked by the internet authorities in Saudi Arabia by their regulator Communications and Information Technology Commission.[23] Megavideo was also intermittently blocked in the United Arab Emirates due to pornographic content being accessible through the service.[23]

From 9 June 2011 onward, the Malaysian government through Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission ordered all ISPs in Malaysia to block Megaupload and Megavideo. Some ISPs reportedly blocked all the sites on the list while other ISPs throttled connection speeds.[24]

In July 2011, access to Megaupload and Megavideo were blocked in India for Reliance Entertainment customers,[25] after a court order was obtained, citing illegal copies of the 2011 film Singham on file hosting sites.[26]

On 19 January 2012, U.S. federal prosecutors in the state of Virginia shut Megaupload down and laid charges against its founder Kim Dotcom and others for allegedly breaching copyright infringement laws.[27][28]

For a short time after the closure of the site, users could access material via Google's web cache and The Internet Archive. One day after the indictment Google and Archive.org voluntarily removed the site mirrors to avoid the responsibility of hosting a website taken down for copyright infringement.[10]