The Mega storage service was created in 2013 as a successor to MegaUpload, ended a year earlier for violating copyright laws. Now, the new site is also unavailable to many users due to a court decision.
The São Paulo Court of Justice (TJ-SP) determined in early September that Claro, Vivo, Oi and Algar Telecom prevent access to some sites. The decision involves ten addresses, including Mega’s (mega.nz).
The decision of the process, which proceeds in secret, also affects the domains alfastream.cc, akugyash.com, centrelinguistique.com, oload.tv, verystream.net, fembed.net, ruvid.nl, clipwatching.com and videoshare. club.
Because of it, operators should expand a block that already existed. This is because the judge of the case accepted the plaintiff’s argument that the distributor and facilitator sites “adopted new techniques to circumvent the blocks made by the providers”.
O Tecnoblog found that the author of the lawsuit is the Brazilian Pay TV Association (ABTA). Sought, the entity confirmed that it has lawsuits against sites that promote piracy, but as they run in secret, it preferred not to take a position on the matter.
The blocking of the service was reflected on the Facebook page of Pirate Party movement. According to them, access is still available through the Mega application. In addition, there are differences in the way that the operators carried out the blocking.
Claro, for example, removed access to Mega by IP. Thus, it remains available with the use of a VPN. Vivo, in turn, made the blocking by DNS and obliges the switch to alternatives such as OpenDNS for whom Mega is still released.
In its Twitter profile, Mega alerted Vivo about reports of users who were unable to access the service. “Please rectify this as soon as possible! You are interfering with your customers’ Internet, ”said the company.
Hi @vivobr, we are receiving reports from our users that Vivo is blocking the https://t.co/faSWyTOIA4 through a DNS block. Please rectify this as soon as possible! You are interfering with your customers’ Internet.
– MEGA (@MEGAprivacy) September 19, 2019
With information: Journal of Justice (p. 1166).