Kim Dotcom to Mega search engines: Play by the rules or else

Dotcom puts all Mega search engines on notice, play by the rules or be shut out.

Published Fri, Feb 1 2013 10:59 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:25 PM CST

Kim Dotcom says that Mega is behind the shutdown of after mountains of DMCA takedown notices for thousands of files stored on MEGA were issued yesterday. Dotcom says that the search engine did not have a takedown policy which offended some copyright holders.

Kim Dotcom to Mega search engines: Play by the rules or else |

Dotcom said that all search engines wishing to crawl Mega will have to play by the rules or lose access to the service. He pointed out Filestube as the golden standard of Mega search engines. In an interview with TorrentFreak, Dotcom said that Mega was concerned about the enormous amount of attention the search engine received, with articles mostly focusing on the many copyrighted files that were indexed.

"We have had some emails from rights holders that said 'these guys don't even have a takedown procedure, what are you doing about that? When we are faced with a situation like this, then we have to act" Dotcom told TorrentFreak. "If it's right in front of our face and it's put to us so prominently, we have to do something about it. Then we are in a state of knowledge and legally required to act."


A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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