Megaupload’s founder Kim Dotcom has launched a new file-sharing website, a year to the day his old company, was shut down.
He says the new venture – mega.co.nz – is a cloud storage system with built-in encryption to ensure privacy.
The German is awaiting extradition from New Zealand to the US to face online piracy charges over the outlawed file-sharing internet website.
Dotcom stressed Mega will comply with orders from copyright holders to remove infringing material, which will afford it the “safe harbour” legal provision, which minimises liability on the condition that a party acted in good faith to comply.
But some legal experts said it might be difficult to claim the protection if they do not know what users have stored.
Dotcom insisted that Mega is different to Megaupload, as it enables customers to control exactly which users can access uploaded files, in contrast with its predecessor, which allowed users to search files, some of which contained copyrighted content which was allegedly used without permission.
A sophisticated encryption system means users will be able to encode their files before they upload them onto the site’s servers, which Dotcom said were located in New Zealand and overseas. He declined to specify where and he dismissed fears that his desire to make encryption mainstream could see it banned.
“Your right to privacy is basic human right. It’s in the United Nations Charter on Human Rights so I think it will be difficult to outlaw encryption,” he said.
Dotcom said more than half a million users had registered on Mega in the first 14 hours after it went live.
- 1Greek Prime Minister Tsipras confirms referendum, calls for Greeks to reject creditors’ proposal
- 2Time runs out: Greece misses 1.6 billion-euro IMF repayment
- 3Greece’s eurozone future in balance as bailout expires
- 4Debt “dithering” sparks online bid to raise €1.6 billion to help Greece
- 5Tsipras keeping promise, one refusal at a time
- 1Tsipras says if Greeks approve the EU’s aid plan, Syriza will resign
- 2Eurogroup ministers to discuss new Greece aid proposal
- 3Istanbul Gay pride quashed by riot police, rubber bullets and water cannon
- 4The end of the road for Uber? Executives detained by French police
- 5Miss Universe turns ugly for Trump as US TV network cut ties with presidential candidate
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Spain’s first case of diphtheria in 30 years: parents of six-year-old ‘oppose vaccines’
- 3Greek debt crisis is “absolute supremacy of capital over humans”
- 4[Live updates] NGO flotilla bids to break Israeli blockade of Gaza
- 5[LIVE UPDATES] Greek debt deadline looms
- 6[LIVE UPDATES] France: man decapitated, several wounded in chemical plant attack
- 7Israel prepares to repel boarders as ‘Freedom Flotilla 3’ tries to run Gaza blockade
- 8Greek debt summit – Live updates
- 9Large Hadron Collider ready to embark on an unprecedented voyage of discovery
- 10Istanbul Gay pride quashed by riot police, rubber bullets and water cannon
- 11‘Distractingly sexy’ scientists hit back in lab chemistry polemic
- 12Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria focus of EU cash fraud probes
- 13NewsWires : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 14Summit up in Brussels as Greek proposals give food for thought and rumours fly
- 15Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for accused ex-FIFA bosses
- 16Battle of Waterloo, live-tweeting 200 years on
- 17Greek PM faces day of crucial bailout talks in Brussels
- 18Citizens take power in Spain’s largest cities as a political revolution sweeps the country
- 19Italy discovers biggest illegal waste dump in Europe
- 20Greek debt: who will pay if Greece fails?
Wires > News
- 18:45 CET IAEA chief heads to Iran as nuclear talks reach last stretch
- 18:23 CET Islamic State attack in Egypt’s North Sinai kills 70
- 18:16 CET Analysis – Talk of Syria action may be Erdogan’s latest gambit to…
- 17:35 CET Bookkeeper of Auschwitz says he can only ask God for forgiveness
- 17:18 CET Pakistani raid killed senior al Qaeda figure, official says
- 17:09 CET Mass killer Breivik accuses Norway of violating his human rights
- 17:08 CET After Hungary’s fence plan, Serbia says to step up migrant controls
- 16:57 CET Special Report – How Greece went bust