Last night, we wrote about Mega-search.me, a third-party crowdsourced link indexing site for Kim Dotcom’s new file locker Mega.co.nz. But an hour after we published the article, all but the most recent links led to deleted files. Even seemingly innocuous file names generated a message: “The file you are trying to download is no longer available.”
This morning, mega-search has no links on its site. When you visit it, you’re greeted with a pop-up in French saying:
Due to a script developed by Mega to delete all files indexed Mega-search, the engine is temporarily unavailable. A solution to overcome this problem will be made shortly.
Before mega-search.me displayed this notice, founder and editor Ernesto of TorrentFreak tried posting links on Mega-search.me to legal content that he had uploaded to Mega previously: “Our uploads included a few Dan Bull songs, a clip from the Pirate Bay documentary TPB-AFK, a video explaining fair use, and Kim Dotcom’s single ‘Mr. President.’” All the links were taken down “within minutes” along with a notice claiming that someone had alleged copyright infringement on each of the links: