Kim Dotcom Announces Megaupload Successor: Mega
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.