Mega has only been live a few days, however it’s already becoming a go to place for pirates wanting to share copyright infringing content.
We have detected numerous instances of Mega being used to distribute copyright content including cracks (software to circumvent copyright protection), music, movies and software.
Given that Mega says that it encrypts every file uploaded to it, many pirates are seeing it as the perfect storage vehicle for content that they are wanting to share with other pirates or that they wish to store in safe keeping to hang on to should their other distribution methods come under attack by anti-piracy groups.
Let’s examine some of what we have found so far.
Movies are being shared on Mega from piracy websites. This 2008 movie “Defiance” is being shared from a piracy blog and hosted at Mega for download.
Music is being shared on Mega from several piracy sites. The example below is from a very popular piracy site which regularly has it’s content listed in the file locker search engine filestube.com. It’s worth noting that in Google’s transparency report it’s recorded that filestube.com is the subject of more DMCA notices issued to Google than any other site.
Above we see the site from which the file is shared, listing the download amongst other infringing file lockers (Rapidgator, Bitshare & Tusfiles). Below we see the file hosted at Mega ready to download.
Another item of music, “Blew” by Nirvana, is shared on another piracy site.
Above we see the site sharing the music title and below the file ready to download, without restriction, from Mega.
Cracks to unlock copyright protection in software titles are also appearing on Mega. A crack allows the user to circumvent copyright protection features in software titles. In this example below we see a crack for Windows 8 by Microsoft. The crack purports to allow the user to unlock Windows 8 and use it as the full version without restriction.
It’s less than a week since Mega opened and it’s already becoming a go to web site for pirates. Movies, music and copyright circumvention software is being shared, piracy discussion forums are buzzing with chatter about Mega, we can only predict that as time moves forward that Mega will become a very popular repository for copyright content.