Monday, January 21, 2013

Kim Dotcom re-enacts raid, arrest for launch of new Mega site

Kim Dotcom re-enacts raid, arrest for launch of new Mega site - Globe and Mail - Naomi Tajitsu:

January 21, 2013 - "Kim Dotcom, founder of outlawed file-sharing website Megaupload, said his new “cyberlocker” was not revenge on U.S. authorities who planned a raid on his home, closed Megaupload and charged him with online piracy for which he faces jail if found guilty.

"Mr. Dotcom said his new offering,, which launched on Sunday evening as he and three colleagues await extradition from New Zealand to the United States, complied with the law and warned that attempts to take it down would be futile....

"Associated Press reported the launch party featured a tongue-in-cheek re-enactment of the dramatic raid on his home a year earlier, when New Zealand police swooped down in helicopters onto the mansion grounds and nabbed him in a safe room where he was hiding....

"Bravado aside, interest in the site was certainly high. Mr. Dotcom said half a million users registered for Mega in its first 14 hours....

"Mr. Dotcom said Mega was a different beast to Megaupload, as the new site enables users to control exactly which users can access uploaded files, in contrast to its predecessor, which allowed users to search files, some of which contained copyrighted content allegedly without permission.

"A sophisticated encryption system will allow users to encode their files before they upload them on to the site’s servers.... Each file will then be issued a unique, sophisticated decryption key which only the file holder will control, allowing them to share the file as they choose. 

"As a result, the site’s operators would have no access to the files, which they say would strip them from any possible liability for knowingly enabling users to distribute copyright-infringing content, which Washington says is illegal....

"Mr. Dotcom said Mega would comply with orders from copyright holders to remove infringing material, which will afford it the 'safe harbour' legal provision, which minimizes liability on the condition that a party acted in good faith to comply."

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