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Kim Dotcom Announces Megaupload Successor: Mega

By - Source: Wired | B 20 comments

Service will be raid-proof through implementation of an "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm".

Kim Dotcom has unveiled details for a file-sharing site called Mega, with the new raid-proof site working slightly differently than its predecessor Megaupload.

The new file-sharing service, which is currently scheduled for a launch sometime during 2012, will still let users upload, store and share data files.

"If servers are lost, if the government comes into a data center and rapes it, if someone hacks the server or steals it, it would give him nothing," Dotcom told Wired. "Whatever is uploaded to the site, it is going to be remain closed and private without the key."

Mega will operate by subscribers being able to easily encrypt their files within their browser through a one-click method that utilizes an "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm". They'll then be given a second unique key for the decryption of the file. Consequently, the only person who can decrypt the file is the user and not government authorities if Mega's servers were to be seized.

It would essentially be "impossible for Mega to know, or be responsible for, its users' uploaded content -- a state of affairs engineered to create an ironclad 'safe harbor' from liability for Mega, and added piece of mind for the user," Wired explained.

Dotcom explained that Mega is not "a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the DoJ," with the site implementing rules that allow copyright holders to send the DMCA a takedown notice to remove copyright-infringing files. Firms such as film studios will be given access to directly remove infringing material.

"But this time, if they want to use that tool, they'll have to accept, prior to getting access, that they're not going to sue us or hold us accountable for the actions of our users," Dotcom added.

Although he's currently safe in New Zealand, the U.S. government is pushing ahead with plans to extradite Dotcom and six other associates on accusations of racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering charges.

Megaupload was once one of the largest cloud-storage services on the planet, with 4 percent of the internet's traffic attributed to the now-defunct file-sharing site.

Dotcom is also preparing to launch a new music service called Megabox. The service promises to transform the music industry through allowing artists to sell their music and earn 90 percent of the revenue generated via transactions.

 

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    edogawa , October 19, 2012 11:21 PM
    Hah! That's bloody brilliant. I wish him the best of luck. I think it's ridiculous that people lost a lot of legitimate data on mega upload too.
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    NuclearShadow , October 19, 2012 11:26 PM
    I've never used Megaupload for anything but still am so glad that Dotcom got lucky enough to survive the bull****. I'm not pro-piracy but I in no way desire governments and corporations to oversteps their bounds and think they are the law globally.
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    kinggraves , October 19, 2012 11:45 PM
    NuclearShadowI've never used Megaupload for anything but still am so glad that Dotcom got lucky enough to survive the bull****. I'm not pro-piracy but I in no way desire governments and corporations to oversteps their bounds and think they are the law globally.


    He isn't lucky. The DoJ just made the mistake of going after an actual intelligent criminal instead of someone's granny or some college student this time. Kim did not back down and was probably prepared for this day long before the DoJ was. You see, most of what they try and do isn't actually legal, such as extraditing him from another country on flimsy charges. People just back down like cowards under the threat of jail time and give up to the force of attorneys and the DoJ. Kim is actually quite safe where he is, NZ doesn't want to lose one of their richest residents. What do they care about the US? Even in the worst case, Kim can flee to Hong Kong. Good luck digging him out of there.

    Between this and TPB moving to the cloud, the war on piracy is only losing more ground. Adapt or die, it isn't a war the industry will win.
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    edogawa , October 19, 2012 11:21 PM
    Hah! That's bloody brilliant. I wish him the best of luck. I think it's ridiculous that people lost a lot of legitimate data on mega upload too.
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    NuclearShadow , October 19, 2012 11:26 PM
    I've never used Megaupload for anything but still am so glad that Dotcom got lucky enough to survive the bull****. I'm not pro-piracy but I in no way desire governments and corporations to oversteps their bounds and think they are the law globally.
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    kinggraves , October 19, 2012 11:45 PM
    NuclearShadowI've never used Megaupload for anything but still am so glad that Dotcom got lucky enough to survive the bull****. I'm not pro-piracy but I in no way desire governments and corporations to oversteps their bounds and think they are the law globally.


    He isn't lucky. The DoJ just made the mistake of going after an actual intelligent criminal instead of someone's granny or some college student this time. Kim did not back down and was probably prepared for this day long before the DoJ was. You see, most of what they try and do isn't actually legal, such as extraditing him from another country on flimsy charges. People just back down like cowards under the threat of jail time and give up to the force of attorneys and the DoJ. Kim is actually quite safe where he is, NZ doesn't want to lose one of their richest residents. What do they care about the US? Even in the worst case, Kim can flee to Hong Kong. Good luck digging him out of there.

    Between this and TPB moving to the cloud, the war on piracy is only losing more ground. Adapt or die, it isn't a war the industry will win.
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    hellwig , October 19, 2012 11:48 PM
    I'm confused how the website can implement an automated DMCA takedown interface for copyright owners when the content is encrypted. Of course, that's the problem with the DMCA, you don't have to actually prove you own the content. I like the concept of this new site, but I'm sure the MPAA and RIAA lawyers are already getting ready.
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    azathoth , October 19, 2012 11:50 PM
    "if the government comes into a data center and rapes it"
    I laughed at this creative choice of words.

    Kim Dotcom, yeah the guy is a douchebag. But that doesn't make what the government did okay. Both sides here are at the wrong.
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    Wamphryi , October 19, 2012 11:52 PM
    I live in NZ and Dotcom is not out of the woods yet. It will all depend on how far our judges are prepared to overlook the farcical nature of his arrest and various other illegalities. Our Government is not happy with Dotcom because he is sort of the Midas of Death for our ruling party and one of the Governments support parties has been destroyed by Dotcom as well. I suspect that the US will not succeed in its quest for extradition because illegal spying, illegal warrants and illegal handling of evidence is a bit much for our judiciary to allow IMHO.
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    demonhorde665 , October 20, 2012 2:50 AM
    mega upload wasnt even part opf teh piracy thing the VASt majority of megaupload users clearly used the site for their own LEGITIMATE content ,. not pirated stuff. That's what is f---ed up about the fbi's raid on it. i personally want my private files back , the fbi STOLE my files in that raid and nothing i had ever uploaded to megaupload was pirated it was all original art work or music i created. there are countless users like me that had oriignal stuff lost because of FBI playing personal security force for the MPAA.
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    Darkk , October 20, 2012 3:15 AM
    This is one of the reasons why you do NOT depend on one set of backups. Always double or even triple your backup sources.

    Yeah it sucks for those who lost their files due to the RAID but it happens.
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    Vladislaus , October 20, 2012 9:13 AM
    DarkkThis is one of the reasons why you do NOT depend on one set of backups. Always double or even triple your backup sources.Yeah it sucks for those who lost their files due to the RAID but it happens.

    It happen because governments are corrupt to succumb to pressure put by lobby groups, like RIAA,... At least for a week they should have given people the change to download their legal files.

    Perhaps I should sue the US government for illegal appropriation of copyrighted material. Of course this would never work because I'm not backed by giants like the MPAA and so on...
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    leeashton , October 20, 2012 9:59 AM
    WamphryiI live in NZ and Dotcom is not out of the woods yet. It will all depend on how far our judges are prepared to overlook the farcical nature of his arrest and various other illegalities. Our Government is not happy with Dotcom because he is sort of the Midas of Death for our ruling party and one of the Governments support parties has been destroyed by Dotcom as well. I suspect that the US will not succeed in its quest for extradition because illegal spying, illegal warrants and illegal handling of evidence is a bit much for our judiciary to allow IMHO.

    yeah the NZ police and NZ governing partyy have really f**ked up this kim dot com fiasco
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    fuzzion , October 20, 2012 12:17 PM
    Sot Kim, but many others have gotten used to megashare and Filefactory.
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    shloader , October 20, 2012 4:12 PM
    Megashares? Seriously? That place has been in a steady decline for some time now. It was great two years ago but those people can't get their act together.
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    guardianangel42 , October 20, 2012 4:59 PM
    Look, I don't really know too much about the legalities of Kim's arrest nor the evidence that may or may not have existed but anyone who's ever seen a video hosted on Megavideo should damn well know what they do isn't entirely legal. Before you even get to the video you're presented with a deceptive pornography ad that's mocked up to look like a play button and half the time even if you click just said button a new tab will open to whatever nefarious site was being advertised.

    That's handled by Megavideo, not the content hoster. As a result I'm inclined to side with the prosecutors on this one.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2012 10:31 PM
    Anyone find his last name a huge coincidence?
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    proffet , October 21, 2012 12:12 AM
    he obviously trying to get paid again before he goes to jail and/or extradited to the US..
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    f-14 , October 21, 2012 3:30 AM
    here is the giant middle finger to the RIAA
    Quote:
    Dotcom is also preparing to launch a new music service called Megabox. The service promises to transform the music industry through allowing artists to sell their music and earn 90 percent of the revenue generated via transactions.


    if this works he can do the same to the MPAA

    hope it works and kills both the RIAA and MPAA
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    corbyguy , October 21, 2012 3:49 AM
    I am sure that the MPAA lawyers will take the new MEGA to court over "facilating copyright infringment" they will argue that if the files are legit and not incriminating then there is no reason to encrypt the files and Dotcom is providing the facilitation of encryption with helping people to avoid being caught with sharing copyright files. They could also do a sting operation with uploading copyright files and then send a DMCA takedown notice to get them removed and if they are not removed then they could do MEGA for refusing to comply with DMCA notices. I wish the MEGA every success and hope it becomes a reall success but i am sure that the MPAA and there lawyers will be hotfooting it behind him waiting for something that is suspicious to pounce on.
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    Gundam288 , October 22, 2012 5:59 AM
    fuzzionSot Kim, but many others have gotten used to megashare and Filefactory.


    What drugs are you on? Filefactory is pretty bad unless you pay for it as there is only a limited number of "free" user slots per country.
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