The day has finally arrived. Mega was launched on January 19th and, according to Kim Dotcom’s claims, has already gathered 500.000 users worldwide.
The launching of this new cyberlocker service was a blast for Kim and his company. In that sense, Dotcom decided to re-enact the events that led to the shut down of Megaupload.
“Mega is going to be huge, and nothing will stop Mega – whoo!” he said.
Seconds later, a helicopter with faux police agents overflew his mansion’s roof. The party continued with Dotcom dancing in the company of several beautiful mini-skirted “police officers”.
Leaving that aside, let’s talk a little about what Mega is. The website offers 50 GB of storage to registered users, and is basically a drag-and-drop cloud-based service. As far as security is concerned, Mega enables outstanding encryption/decryption features, thus keeping anyone who uses the service safe from harm.
The MPAA, however, warned that the encryption alone, as good as it may be, will not shelter Kim from the law:
“We’ll reserve final judgment until we have a chance to analyse the new project,” a spokesman said.
“But given Kim Dotcom’s history, count us as sceptical.”
Although Kim stated that the service was not launched as an insult to the US Government or the movie industry, the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) told Sky News that Mega will be monitored for any illegal activities.
“We will be watching closely to determine whether the new Mega service infringes our members’ rights, particularly given that, according to our information, it has gone live without licensing content from many – if any – rights holders,” the organization told Sky.
“Megupload caused huge harm to music rights holders as one of the largest infringing sites in the world, depriving artists of over US$500 million, according to US authorities.”
“Our members are focused on licensing music to the hundreds of legitimate music offerings around the world. New and existing licensed services are rapidly expanding, offering downloads, streaming, music video and other ways to consumer music while rewarding creators. When Megaupload closed, piracy rates fell and many consumers went to legitimate services which offer all the music they want while respecting the rights of artists,” the IFPI concluded.
The new Mega is totally within the legal boundaries, Kim claims.
“This is not some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood,” he said.
“Legally, there’s just nothing there that could be used to shut us down.
“This site is just as legitimate as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors,” the German entrepreneur added, pointing to other file sharing services of this kind.
Take-down requests are also a matter of concern to which Kim said that the new Mega will comply with by removing any infringing content.