Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload is launching another new version of the now shuttered file sharing site
January 20, 2013 – Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload is launching another new version of the now shuttered file sharing site, just a year after charges by U.S. authorities were made alleging conspiracy to commit racketeering and copyright infringement.
The new site, called Mega, was launched as Dotcom and three codefendants are attempting to fight extradition in New Zealand to the U.S. to face trial. Dotcom was originally arrested last January in Auckland. The Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. shut down Megaupload, which the FBI alleges was used to help pirate entertainment such as movies, videos and music valued at more than $500 million.
Dotcom said his lawyers have looked over his new site and he is said to be confident it complies with the law. His new site promises even more privacy to its users through the encryption of all files loaded on the site, said Dotcom.
Dotcom developed the new website along with fellow defendants Mathias Ortman; the co-founder and director of Megaupload and Finn Batato; the chief marketing officer for Megaupload. Both men are from Germany. Bram van der Kolk, a Dutch national was also a developer of the new site.
Dotcom was placed in jail in January after his house in Auckland was raided, but was released shortly thereafter on bail. Dotcom said if he ever does go to trial in the U.S., he is confident he will win. He said the indictment by U.S. authorities is baseless and malicious. Authorities however say that Dotcom and his defendants generated more than $175 million in profits from illegal activities.
Dotcom said the new site’s encryption system will help send encryption into the mainstream.
He said the new site is probably the most scrutinized site legally on Internet with every pixel on the site being examined by lawyers to make sure everything is compliant with the law.