Kim Dotcom has launched Megaupload's successor, Mega, with the site already boasting astronomical success.
During the 24 hours of its launch, over one million users signed up to the file sharing service, with creator Kim Dotcom stressing that "we cannot be stopped". He confirmed that users are able to receive 50 gigabytes of free storage from Mega.co.nz, which is considerably more than the amount offered by rivals including Microsoft's SkyDrive and Dropbox.
Mega will be encrypted, subsequently allowing only those who upload data to have access to it. To further strengthen security, data is also being stored in the cloud. The site is apparently raid-proof through the implementation of an "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm".
"This is not some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood," he reiterated. "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."
After Mega went online on Sunday, it was followed by a lavish launch party held at Dotcom's New Zealand mansion. During the event, he re-enacted the raid that took place last year in his home by New Zealand authorities with a helicopter and actors dressed as armed police.
"The internet belongs to no man," he stated. "These attempts to rule the internet are against innovation and must stop." He added that "our copyrights and access were taken from us without a trial or notice and that "Those who try to stifle technology and innovation will be left on the side of the road in innovation and history."
Dotcom continued on to stress how New Zealand residents have given Mega great support over the last year. "We will protect the rights of everyone – today is the anniversary of something horrible, but now it is also the anniversary of something wonderful."
"According to the United Nations, privacy is a basic human right. The government is spying on you and completely invading you basic human right. If I’m not doing anything illegal, why is my data being captured? Mega believes in your right to privacy and has developed technology that keeps your data private and safe. By using Mega, you say no to those who want to know everything about you. You say no to governments that want to spy on you. You say YES to internet freedom and your right to privacy."
The U.S. government had previously warned Dotcom not to launch Mega as it would seemingly breach his New Zealand bail conditions.