U.S. Government Tries to Stop Megaupload Successor
US Department of Justice argues that Dotcom will breach the terms of his bail if he launched Mega.
The U.S. government has warned Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom not to launch the recently unveiled successor to the file sharing site, Mega, as it may apparently breach his New Zealand bail conditions.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion last week that argues that Dotcom had deliberately misled the foreign court.
A January bail application affidavit sees Dotcom stating that he had no plans of rebooting Megaupload or “some new iteration of the site”. However, prosecutor Neil MacBride has stressed that Mega is a violation of the claim made by Dotcom.
"Defence counsel's claim that the corporate defendant can and should be allowed to operate undermines the sworn statements of Dotcom that he has no plans or ability to continue to operate or fund the businesses in the indictment during pendency of the extradition process," MacBride said.
Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, responded to the allegations by stating the suggestions are baseless. "It's a serious allegation, but we believe it is an ignorant allegation and they're basing it upon absolute speculation,” he said. "It sounds like the United States is attacking a technology before they fully investigate it. This looks to be the second time they're doing that. Kim Dotcom is innocent, and he's entitled to be involved in technology and business."
Mega, a file sharing site that works in a similar fashion to its predecessor, is said to be raid-proof through the implementation of an "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm".
Dotcom said that the site, which is due for a 2012 launch, is not "a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the DoJ" as it'll have rules in place allowing copyright holders to send the DMCA a takedown notice in order to remove copyright-infringing content from the service.