After months of hype, Kim Dotcom's successor to his now shut down MegaUpload file sharing website is up and running ... barely. As chronicled by Dotcom's own Twitter feed, the launch of Mega was accompanied by a flood of users trying to sign up for the service.
Nearly a year ago, the popular file sharing website MegaUpload was shut down by the U.S. government, which claimed the site was the bastion for online piracy. Its founder, Kim Dotcom, was arrested, along with several other MegaUpload team members.
Kim DotCom is back – again: the USA content industry current arch-enemy quickly reacted to the latest domain shutdown and announced that his new service will soon be available at the mega.co.nz URL. On January 19th, DotCom promises, Mega "will change the world".
Just a couple of weeks back, we brought you the latest on Kim Dotcom’s planned successor to MegaUpload, the file sharing site that was taken down earlier this year by the US Government. Dotcom revealed that the name of the new site would be ‘Mega’, and would continue to allow users to share their files via a remote server, while also offering one-click encryption in the browser.
2012 hasn't exactly been the best year for Kim Dotcom. MegaUpload, the popular file sharing website he helped to create, was shut down by the US government in January. It also executed a raid of his home in New Zealand at the same time. Dotcom was briefly put in jail, along with other MegaUpload team members, and he and his legal team have been fighting in court and awaiting a possible extradition to the US to face online piracy charges ever since.
In a new development in the case against MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, a judge in New Zealand has ruled that the raid on Dotcom's assets in January was not conducted properly and has declared the raid's restraining order "null and void."
In January, US law enforcement officials shut down the Megaupload file sharing web site, claiming that the site was being used for uploading and downloading pirated content. The shutdown of the site also left the site's many millions of users unable to access the content they uploaded on their accounts, including many who uploaded legitimate content such as documents, photo galleries and more.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is a free man today, after a New Zealand court surprisingly granted Dotcom his bail request. NZHerald.co.nz reports that North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson made the decision today, over the objections of local prosecutors.