Kim Dotcom launches Mega file sharing service

The site launched exactly one year, to the hour, after police raided Kim Dotcom's home

Kim Dotcom's new file sharing service, mega.co.nz, went live at 6.48 a.m. local time in New Zealand on Sunday, to mark the exact time and day of the police raid on his Coatesville, Auckland, home last year.

However, the new file sharing service soon became unavailable due to high demand. Dotcom tweeted around 9:00 a.m.: "250,000 user registrations. Server capacity on maximum load. Should get better when initial frenzy is over. Wow!!!"

By midday, it was possible to access the site using the web address https://mega.co.nz. The site has a simple, no frills esthetic, making it easy to navigate.

The file sharing site is a secure online storage box for files which are encrypted when they are uploaded. The process to register was quick, with just name, email and password required and authentication via an email. Once registered, the user is taken to a page where they can begin using the service.

When users sign up to Mega, the free plan provides 50GB of storage, with paid plans starting at 9.99 euros (US$13.30) for 500GB storage and 1TB bandwidth.

Mega is offering developers the opportunity to develop client applications through an API. "For now, our JavaScript site code is the only sample code available, and we did not have the time to comment, structure or even format it properly yet (it is also our first JavaScript project, so please bear with us)."

Mega is also looking for hosting companies to become partners as "Mega storage node". But potential partners must be based outside the U.S., with a message on the site making it clear this is due to the Megaupload experience:

"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."

Auckland lawyer Rick Shera, who comments on intellectual property and who has joined Dotcom's legal team, told stuff.co.nz that the cyber-locker service is a different model to Megaupload which was shut down by US authorities following the police raid last year.

"It is a cloud storage service but it has got new features in terms of accelerated uploads and downloads and on-click encryption," he said.

Shera said legal teams from several jurisdictions are "looking at this and pouring over it."

The site has a section for posting copyright infringement notices, with the following message to potential pirates: "We respect the copyright of others and requires that users of our services comply with the laws of copyright. You are strictly prohibited from using our services to infringe copyright. You may not upload, download, store, share, display, stream, distribute, e-mail, link to, transmit or otherwise make available any files, data, or content that infringes any copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity."

Domain name registrar Instra Corporation announced last week that it will be providing product, billing and technical support for Mega. Instra founder Tony Lentino will be the new CEO of Mega. In addition, the National Business Review reports that Instra is also an investor in Mega, along with Luxembourg-based domain reseller EuroDNS and Christchurch-based Digiweb.

Dotcom is holding a party to officially launch Mega at his Auckland mansion tonight.

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Comments

Anonymous

1

Shera says legal teams from several jurisdictions are "looking at his and pouring over it."

Hopefully, they're poring over it.

Bevan Palmer

2

Hey Kimbo, Bevan here. How do I get an invite to your party. I'm in Stanmore bay at the moment. Won't take me long to get to your mansion in coatsville on my motorbike.
Kind Regards
(022)687-0771

john

3

again the negative comments!! leave the bloke alone,you stuffed up the first time made yourselves look silly and pathetic, clutching at straws is all you could do,DotCom has shown the world wat a waste of time these charges are against him,clean up your own backyard before intrudeing into ours. hope mega.co.nz is around for a very long time.

Allen

4

They are calling themselves the privacy company, yet in their privacy policy, they state that all their users IP addresses are logged. I guess proxy/vpn services like HMA or SafeIP could be used while up/down loading.

Mark

5

What effect is this site going to have on our broadband capacity?
Read somewhere his site has more bandwidth available than EVERYBODY else in NZ.
It's hard enough fighting for bandwidth down here in Dunedin when the bottleneck is Auckland users, that backbone gets skinnier and skinnier the further south you go.

Nick Jones

6

did you visit OSIpage www.osipage.com Now MEGA could be accessed via OSIpage with its sister file sharing websites.

mirko

7

one of the best Mega search engine are now hosted in offshore country
Someone know or has experience with www.mega-link.co.nz ?

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