Kim Dotcom launches Mega: bigger, faster, more legal
Brash internet entrepreneur hopes to shift blame for any piracy on to users of new filesharing site
KIM DOTCOM has announced a successor to his banned Megaupload filesharing site. Dotcom says the new site, Mega, is bigger, better, faster – and less prone to prosecution by US authorities, who are currently attempting to extradite him from New Zealand for alleged piracy and money laundering relating to his old website.
"The new Mega will not be threatened by US prosecutors," Dotcom said. "The new Mega avoids any dealings with US hosters, US domains and US backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown.
"It is not safe for cloud storage sites or any business allowing user-generated content to be hosted on servers in the United States, or on domains like .com/.net. The US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process."
Megaupload was banned partly because Dotcom and his staff were accused of ignoring pirated content uploaded to the site by users and profiting from it.
This time around, The Guardian reports, Mega staff will not have access to files uploaded by users, a setup that Dotcom hopes will prevent him falling foul of charges of copyright infringement.
A Mega statement said: "You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us.”
Mega clearly hopes to put the onus on content producers, such as the big Hollywood studios, to find and delete pirated files.
Dotcom says that they will even be given “direct delete access” if they agree not to hold Mega responsible for piracy carried out by users.
Mega will launch 20 January 2013. Dotcom’s extradition hearing is due in March. New Zealand’s law enforcement authorities have already had to apologise to him for carrying out an illegal raid on his home in January this year.