Kim Dotcom launches new file-sharing site
January 20 , 2013
The founder of barred file-sharing website Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, unveiled a new file-sharing site on Sunday.
The launch of Mega.co.nz comes as Dotcom and three of his colleagues await extradition from New Zealand to the United States.
Dotcom said his new "cyberlocker" was not revenge on U.S. authorities who planned a raid on his home, closed Megaupload last January and charged him with online piracy.
"Legally, there's just nothing there that could be used to shut us down. This site is just as legitimate and has the right to exist as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors," he said, referring to other cloud storage sites.
According to Dotcom’s legal team, the launch of the site is compliant with the terms of his bail conditions.
However, U.S. prosecutors argue that Dotcom said in a statement he had no intention of starting a new Internet business until the matter of his extradition was resolved.
Dotcom, who faces a possible jail sentence, said Mega was different to Megaupload because the new site allows users to control which users can access uploaded files.
Its predecessor let users search for files, some of which contained copyrighted content.
An encryption system will enable users to encode their files before they upload them on to the site's servers, which are located in New Zealand and overseas.
As a result, the site's operators have no access to the files and will not face liability for knowingly allowing the distribution of copyright-infringing content.