November 2, 2012
Kim Dotcom Is Back With MegaUpload Sequel
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Earlier this week, Kim Schmitz, the man who calls himself Kim Dotcom, announced the domain for his new, supposedly 100% legal file sharing service “Mega.”
Earlier this month, the Austrian-turned-Kiwi announced the resurrection of Megaupload, the file sharing service which peeved off the American FBI and Hollywood by allegedly allowing users to share copyrighted material with one another. With Mega, Mr. Dotcom and his partners are creating a service which supposedly leapfrogs all the sticky legal issues involved in sharing copyrighted material by handing out private, encrypted keys.
Now, according to his Twitter account @KimDotCom, the new service will operate under the me.ga domain.
True to his form, Dotcom couldn´t announce this service without poking fun at the FBI once or twice. “Countdown on Kim.com ends in 1 hour. Expect our new Mega domain and a splash page with information,” Tweeted Dotcom early in the morning. After a few Retweets concerning megaupload and file sharing, Dotcom mentioned the servers at Kim.com were becoming overloaded as people rushed to the site to see what was new.
“All the FBI agents pressing reload hahaha“¦We see their IP address. LOL!!!” read another tweet.
According to his Twitter feed, the servers continued to take a hit as fans and journalists rushed to Kim.com to see what all the fuss would be about. Not long after, Dotcom made the announcement: “The new #Mega domain is me.ga-Check it out. RT!!”
According to Venture Beat, the .ga domain belongs to the African country of Gabon. Dotcom mentions on the new me.ga that going through Africa should further protect those who want to share their files with one another from the FBI.
“Unfortunately, we can't work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbor for service providers via the Digital Millennium 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 US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process.”
The new Mega is an example of some fancy legal footwork on behalf of Dotcom and his partners, locking up the users´ files in a series of encrypted keys.
Just like Megaupload before, Mega will be a subscriber-based platform in which to store files and share them with others. The difference here is the way these users will access their files.
Each user will be given an encrypted key with which to access their digital “locker” of content. Mega essentially provides a place for its users to store their content, gives them the keys to access this content, and then turns their back on whatever happens.
It is in this way that Dotcom and his partners hope they cannot be held responsible for whatever happens on their service.
The only way to access the content stored on their servers is with the encrypted keys, and only the users have the right to hand out these keys to one another.
Additionally, Mega will create keys for every single file stored, rather than duplicating keys for multiple copies of the same file. If a record label were to discover copyright infringement and try to go after those who were copying the files, they´d have to get access to the key for each instance of infringement, rather than one. As it stands, Me.Ga redirects back to Kim.com, though the page promises the new site will be launched on January 19th.
Dotcom is also said to be releasing a rap album in the near future.