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#1 5 years ago

Indicted Megaupload founder opens new sharing site - Yahoo! News

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SYDNEY (AP) — Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched a new file-sharing website that promises users greater privacy and defies the U.S. prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online piracy. The colorful entrepreneur unveiled the "Mega" site ahead of a lavish gala and news conference at his New Zealand mansion on Sunday night, the anniversary of his arrest on racketeering charges related to his now-shuttered Megaupload file-sharing site. The site Dotcom started in 2005 was one of the most popular sites on the Web until U.S. prosecutors shut it down and accused him and several company officials of facilitating millions of illegal downloads. In Dotcom's typical grandiose style, 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. "Mega is going to be huge, and nothing will stop Mega — whoo!" a gleeful Dotcom bellowed from a giant stage set up in his yard, seconds before a helicopter roared overhead and faux police agents rappelled down the side of his mansion. Dotcom eventually ordered everyone to "stop this madness!" before breaking out into a dance alongside miniskirt-clad "guards" as music boomed. Bravado aside, interest in the site was certainly high. Dotcom said half a million users registered for Mega in its first 14 hours. U.S. authorities are trying to extradite the German-born Internet tycoon from New Zealand, where he is free on bail. Prosecutors say Dotcom made tens of millions of dollars while filmmakers and songwriters lost around $500 million in copyright revenue. U.S. prosecutors declined to comment on the new site, referring only to a court document that cites several promises Dotcom made while seeking bail that he would not — and could not — start a Megaupload-style business until the criminal case was resolved. "I can assure the Court that I have no intention and there is no risk of my reactivating the Megaupload.com website or establishing a similar Internet-based business during the period until the resolution of the extradition proceedings," Dotcom said in a Feb. 15, 2012, affidavit. Dotcom argues that he can't be held responsible for copyright infringement committed by others and insists Megaupload complied with copyrights by removing links to pirated material when asked. "Our company and assets were taken away from us without a hearing," Dotcom said. "The privacy of our users was intruded on, communications were taken offline and free speech was attacked. Let me be clear to those who use copyright law as a weapon to drown innovation and stifle competition: You will be left on the side of the road of history." Mega, like Megaupload, allows users to store and share large files. It offers 50 gigabytes of free storage, much more than similar sites such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and features a drag-and-drop upload tool. The key difference is an encryption and decryption feature for data transfers that Dotcom says will protect him from the legal drama that has entangled Megaupload and threatened to put him behind bars. The decryption keys for uploaded files are held by the users, not Mega, which means the company can't see what's in the files being shared. Dotcom argues that Mega — which bills itself as "the privacy company" — therefore can't be held liable for content it cannot see. "What he's trying to do is give himself a second-string argument: 'Even if I was wrong before, this one's all right because how can I control something if I don't know that it's there?'" said Sydney attorney Charles Alexander, who specializes in intellectual property law. "I can understand the argument; whether it would be successful or not is another matter." To Dotcom, the concept is very simple. "If someone sends something illegal in an envelope through your postal service," he says, "you don't shut down the post office." The Motion Picture Association of America, which filed complaints about alleged copyright infringement by Megaupload, was not impressed. "We are still reviewing how this new project will operate, but we do know that Kim Dotcom has built his career and his fortune on stealing creative works," the MPAA said in a statement. "We'll reserve final judgment until we have a chance to take a closer look, but given Kim Dotcom's history of damaging the consumer experience by pushing stolen, illegitimate content into the marketplace, count us as skeptical." Still, as much as Dotcom's new venture might enrage prosecutors and entertainment executives, it shouldn't have any impact on the Megaupload case. "All it might do is annoy them enough to say, 'We're going to redouble our efforts in prosecuting them'," said Alexander, the attorney. "But I don't think it makes any practical difference to the outcome." Dotcom denied the new site was designed to provoke authorities, but got in plenty of digs at their expense, saying that their campaign to shutter Megaupload simply forced him to create a new and improved site. "Sometimes good things come out of terrible events," Dotcom said. "For example, if it wasn't for a giant comet hitting earth, we would still be surrounded by angry dinosaurs — hungry, too. If it wasn't for that iceberg, we wouldn't have a great Titanic movie which makes me cry every time I see it. And if it wasn't for the raid, we wouldn't have Mega."

Can we just throw him into the deepest depths of hell now? Sorry if that's ignorant or facetious, but is he serious? Didn't he just get his balls busted for this shady business?

And apologies if this was posted somewhere else, but I couldn't find it here, so it probably didn't exist.




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#2 5 years ago

Uh...........what? Shady? What?


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#3 5 years ago

All is proceeding as I have foreseen. Unfortunately, because the next thing I see on the horizon is trusted platform modules on motherboards - to stop you executing things that companies haven't white-listed and thus doing this sort of thing.




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#4 5 years ago

What is shady about this ? All he is doing is offering free cloud space to people who want it. Yes it is encrypted and yes it can be used by dodgy people but he is offering pretty much the same as dropbox or sky drive he is just offering more space. It is only yhe yanks that went after mega upload and tbh that was because people abused that service. Youtube imho is more guilty of copyright violation than any site on the planet but for some reason that was never shut down, curious ...........




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#5 5 years ago

Supa;5678536Indicted Megaupload founder opens new sharing site - Yahoo! News

Can we just throw him into the deepest depths of hell now? Sorry if that's ignorant or facetious, but is he serious? Didn't he just get his balls busted for this shady business?

And apologies if this was posted somewhere else, but I couldn't find it here, so it probably didn't exist.

From what I read he is doing rather well in court, proving that various governments acted outside of the law in their attempts to shut him down. And now he's back giving us lots of free storage with encryption at upload thrown into the mix.

Sure, piracy is bad, but it was the enormous piracy during the last decade which forced companies to provide solutions which are more realistic for this day and age. Like video on demand.




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#6 5 years ago

It was more the way he presented it. It's like he was taunting the fact that he had yet another file sharing site up.




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#7 5 years ago

To be honest megaupload was never a file sharing site in that sense. It was ahead of its time and offered a similar service to us. It was however unmonitored (we are heavily) and it was abused by people. It did get very big because it was unmonitored and a lot of people lost work because the US opted to take a site down that was not even in there country. On a personal note I never really liked the interface on mega upload but thats not important tbh :P




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#8 5 years ago
Goody.;5678546What is shady about this ?

Like we don't all know what its primary use is going to be. The only reason anyone I can think of took out a subscription to megaupload or megavideo or whatever was to download bootlegs.

There is an argument to be made for the general use of encryption technology to cover as much of our dealings as possible and keep the government out. And naturally that would cover criminals as well. But just because you can't nick someone for it in good conscience; just because they can get away with it; doesn't stop it being iffy.

We all know he's guilty. Maybe others are guilty too, maybe you can't go after him decently. Doesn't make him any more honest, just means you can't do anything about it and be honest yourself.




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#9 5 years ago

I disagree totally with you, sorry m8 but if this is a bit iffy simply because it allows people to upload files to the cloud then skydrive, dropbox, google and so on are just as worthy of peoples anger. What it boils down to is that it is not the service that is being offered that is the problem but the people using it. Remember we are not talking about megaupload we are talking about the former owner opening a new site that allows people to host there files remotely.




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#10 5 years ago

I don't see skydrive, dropbox and so on being used for freaking massive amounts of piracy. Youtube's the best example in that regard and they do a lot - some of us would say too much - to fight it.