January 18, 2013
Kim Dotcom Goes On Twitter Rant, Talks About Megaupload Troubles
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
There are people who believe “Freedom of the Internet” means “Everything on the Internet should be free.” This may have been a fantastic idea before the Internet was stable enough to stream High-Definition movies and transmit other large files in seconds. This notion is a bit troublesome today, of course.
One of these people is the colorfully eccentric Kim Schmitz, founder of the famously controversial Megaupload. Schmitz, better known as Kim Dotcom, is an outspoken supporter of Internet freedoms who turned into a vocal critic of the US government.
The Feds, as you may remember, worked together with the New Zealand authorities to raid Dotcom´s multi-million dollar mansion one year ago to seize control of Megaupload.com in response to copyright theft, money laundering and racketeering accusations.
Of course, it wouldn´t be a proper Dotcom Tweet-storm without some taunting of the US government.
“2 more days until #Mega. 2 more days until the US government fails and Innovation wins. 2 more days. RT,” began Dotcom before diving into his announcements.
“#Mega will have very generous limits for free users. For example you get 50GB storage for free ;-)” tapped Dotcom in one of his Tweets yesterday.
“I think you will be very happy with the new #Mega. It's like time travel. We'll take you to the future!!!”
Dotcom also apologized to former premium members of Megaupload, saying his lawyers aren´t yet letting him offer this kind of service.
Dotcom and his partners announced Mega last fall, despite his ongoing legal struggles with the US government and copyright infringement charges. The new site takes advantages of some lessons learned from their previous attempt. The biggest difference between the 2 sites is Mega´s use of encryption. Mega will still host the digital lockers where users can store their files, but this time they´ll also hand out encrypted keys. Only those with access to these keys will have access to the content, an important point for 2 reasons.
First, Dotcom and crew will not have access to these keys, essentially turning their back to whatever their users may or may not be doing on the service. Without the keys, Mega has no idea if copyrighted material is being stored or traded on their service.
Secondly, users are in complete control of these keys, meaning they can share or not share these files if they wish. This places the consequences of all actions squarely on the user, presumedly keeping Dotcom in the clear.
Though the revival of Mega made Megaupload users tingle with excitement, other key players in this entire saga have spoken out against Dotcom´s spiteful new business.
The original domain for Mega was “Me.ga,” placing the Web site in the African country of Gabon. The Communication Minister for Gabon later spoke out against Mega, saying the country wants no part in Dotcom´s fight against the Feds.
Dotcom will hold a press conference on Sunday, January 20 to announce the new site. The date is of some significance, marking the one-year anniversary of the raid on his property.
Kim Dotcom has also said he has plans to release a rap album later this year.