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January 21, 2013

Kim Dotcom launches new file-sharing site

The new web-based service allows file storage and sharing

By CBR Staff Writer

Kim Dotcom, the owner of Megaupload, has started a new online storage service and file-sharing site known as Mega, in a bid to replace the earlier website, which was banned in January 2012 over piracy allegations.

Kim Dotcom said that the launch was not "some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood" and could not see the similar fate as Megaupload.

"Legally, there’s just nothing there that could be used to shut us down," Dotcom said.

"This site is just as legitimate and has the right to exist as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors.

Aimed at offering users with enhanced privacy levels, the new web-based service allows uploading files, store files and share photos, text files, music and films, as well as encrypt those files and allow access through decryption key.

The new uploading site claims to feature a technology which will make it difficult for copyright holders to identify illegal content.

"Even if we wanted to, we can’t go into your file and see what you have in there," Dotcom said.

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Earlier, the file sharing service seek for US criminal charges against the firm to be discharged, arguing that the US had no authority over the Hong Kong based service.

The US prosecutors charged the site of inflicting copyright holders with losses of about $500m, while the firm generated around $175m in revenues.

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