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September 14, 2016updated 23 Feb 2017 4:15pm

What is Megaupload?

Megaupload is a former online services company for file storage.

By Hannah Williams

Megaupload was once a popular file storage and sharing site.

Based in Hong Kong, the online services company was established in 2005 by Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz.

The site ran for around seven years before it was shut down and all domain names were seized on the grounds that the service was allegedly operating for the purposes of copyright infringement.

Megaupload ran a number of services including, a one-click hosting site;, dealing with image hosting; and, which hosted video; and, a music hosting service.

How popular was Megaupload?

At one point the company cloud boast over one billion page views since its launch, with a total of 180 million registered members and total storage of 25 petabytes.

It was formally known as the 13th most visited website on the internet and was also seen to account for one percent of the total traffic in North America for fixed access networks.

It was announced in June 2016 that the company could be re-launched in January 2017. However, with Kim Dotcom still facing charges under US law, the future of his sites remains in doubt.

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