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Kim Dotcom announces Megaupload successor Mega

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Megaupload’s successor Mega was today revealed by Kim Dotcom. The file-sharing site, which allows users to upload files to the cloud, will launch in January 2013.

Mega will allow users to upload, store and share photos, text files, music and video, all of which will be encrypted. Users will be able to distribute keys to these encrypted files to other users in order to share access.

Crucially, from a legal standpoint, Mega’s operators will not have access to the files. With Megaupload, operators had the ability to access uploaded content, which is a key element in the current legal proceedings against the site and Kim Dotcom: the US film industry claims that Megaupload could and should have ensured that pirated material was removed from the site. With Mega putting all the power in the hands of the users, the legal burden shifts to them.

Furthermore, Kim Dotcom said Mega was making every effort to avoid trouble with the US authorities: “The new Mega will not be threatened by US prosecutors. [It] avoids any dealings with US hosters, US domains and US backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown.”

Dotcom, who is German but lives in New Zealand, is currently awaiting an extradition hearing in March. He and other operators of Megaupload face charges related to online piracy, racketeering and money laundering in the US. Megaupload was shut down in January this year.

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