New website will encrypt files, handing responsibility to users
Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload and wanted by the US government for piracy and copyright infringement, has launched a new website.
Mega is the successor to Megaupload, allowing people to put files online and share them with others. The new website will hand control and responsibility for files to users. This means that Mega will not be able to see what people are storing on its servers, potentially protecting it from legal action due to copyright infringement.
All the servers for Mega will be based outside of the US to prevent them being shut down by American authorities. The US government has alleged that Megaupload earned $175 million (£108 million) from breaking copyright and piracy laws.
The previous website was shut down in January 2012 when New Zealand police, at the request of US authorities, seized property belonging to Dotcom from his Auckland mansion.
Dotcom, a German national currently living in New Zealand, faces a US extradition hearing in March next year.
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