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He promised. Now he delivers. Kim Dotcom resurrects Mega!

Thu, 1st November 2012, 15:18

Despite ongoing court proceedings, Kim Dotcom and his team are gearing up to launch a new Megaupload, which will simply be called “Mega”. A popular fixture on Twitter, Kim Dotcom has used the social medium to taunt governments, educate the public, and bring attention on his new projects which are set launch early next year. Kim Dotcom has now revealed that the new Mega service will operate on the Gabon-based domain name ME.GA. The spin-off is set to launch on January 20, exactly one year after Megaupload was shut down.

screenshot of Mega website banner 

Mega is expected to use encryption methods which will mean only users will know what they are uploading. Mega's holding page states:

In the past, securely storing and transferring confidential information required the installation of dedicated software. The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly. You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us.

In addition to avoiding domain names that are under control of the U.S., Dotcom also notes that the new Mega won’t partner with American hosting providers.

“Unfortunately we can’t work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbour for service providers via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been undermined by the Department of Justice with its novel criminal prosecution of Megaupload.”

Dotcom also advises other cloud hosting providers to stay away from the U.S. and refrain from operating domains that are controlled by American companies.

“It is not safe for cloud storage sites or any business allowing user generated content to be hosted on servers in the United States or on domains like .com / .net. The US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process.”

Ironically Me.ga redirects to Kim.com, which is registered using American company Network Solutions but the website's servers themselves are located with web host Root.sa in Luxembourg.

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