Mega to replace Megaupload file-sharing site

Posted: November 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

Kim Dotcom reveals Mega to
replace Megaupload file-sharing
site
Kim Dotcom has announced plans
for Mega, a service to replace his
banned file-sharing website
Megaupload.
Mega is expected to use encryption
methods which will mean only
users will know what they are
uploading.
It will be decided in March
whether Mr Dotcom should be
extradited from New Zealand to
the US to face charges relating to
copyright theft.
The 38-year-old said he would
launch Mega on 20 January 2013
– a year to the day since his
arrest.
By keeping details of files
uploaded on Mega secret from the
site’s administrators, Mr Dotcom
said he believed this would mean
the site was not in violation of US
laws.
“The new Mega will not be
threatened by US prosecutors,” he
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.”
‘LOL!!!’
Announcing the new site on
Twitter, Mr Dotcom said the
holding page – hosted at Me.ga –
was already getting “millions” of
hits.
He said many of the visits were
from US authorities themselves,
tweeting: “All FBI agents pressing
reload hahaha… We see their IP
addresses. LOL!!!”
Exact details of the encryption
methods on the upcoming site have
not been released. However, it
appears to look to shift
responsibility for unlawful content
onto the users, rather than the
site’s owners.
“In the past, securely storing and
transferring confidential
information required the
installation of dedicated software,”
a message on Mega’s holding page
said.
“The new Mega encrypts and
decrypts your data transparently
in your browser, on the fly. You
hold the keys to what you store in
the cloud, not us.”
In an interview with Reuters, Mr
Dotcom suggested that content
owners might even get direct access
to users’ uploaded files “if they
agree not to make us responsible
for actions of users”.
The site’s servers will not be hosted
in the US, Mr Dotcom added. A
page on the Mega site makes a
plea to encourage more investors
for the service.
“We have raised sufficient funds to
cover the launch,” the message
reads, “but we would like to
provide Mega free of charge for as
long as possible.”
Mr Dotcom had previously
released details of a sister service,
Megabox, which will offer music-
related downloads. ( http://
http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=Kw04ckfO-yA )
Unlawful raid
Mr Dotcom – formerly Kim
Schmitz – currently resides in his
New Zealand mansion which was
raided by local authorities at the
start of this year.
The raid and seizure of assets was
later deemed illegal by a New
Zealand court.
It was also later ruled that
intelligence agencies had illegally
spied on Mr Dotcom – an incident
which drew an apology from New
Zealand Prime Minister John
Key.
“We failed to provide that
appropriate protection for him,” he
said.
“It is the GCSB’s [Government
Communications Security Bureau]
responsibility to act within the
law, and it is hugely disappointing
that in this case its actions fell
outside the law.”
If extradited and convicted in the
US, Mr Dotcom faces up to 20
years in prison.

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