Megaupload’s founder Kim Dotcom
may be in hot water over the file-sharing service, but he is set to launch a new service in the near future with the domain Me.ga
. The site will provide a similar service to Megaupload, and will allows users to upload and download data to and from a Cloud File System. As the Me.ga domain belongs to the African nation of Gabon, Dotcom is hoping that this will protect him and his company from prosecution.The site teases January 19th, 2013 as the launch date, but we’ll be keeping our eyes on it to see if it launches earlier than that.
“Unfortunately we can’t work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbour for service providers via the Digital Millenium Copyright Act has been undermined by the Department of Justice with its novel criminal prosecution of Megaupload. 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 U.S. government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process,” he wrote on Me.ga.
The new Mega promises privacy whereby data is encrypted and decrypted in a user’s browser so that they hold the key rather than the site. It also promises faster data transfers and a large number of hosting partners around the world thanks to this encryption process. The encryption could mean that responsibility for unlawful content gets shifted onto the actual users rather than the site owners.
The site promises to be “Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger. Safer.” Just as well it’s safer from prosecution or the likes of Daft Punk or Kanye West might be knocking at the door. Find out on January 19th if the site, and the button that it currently features, really will change the world. Dotcom will have to wait until March to see if he will be extradited from New Zealand to the US to face charges relating to copyright theft. If extradited and convicted in the US, Mr Dotcom faces up to 20 years in prison.