Mega, Kim Dotcom’s big new encryption file-sharing/storage site has finally launched. Mega launched the same minute on year later that Dotcom’s old site Megaupload was shut down by the US government.
Dotcom also hosted a big launch event, broadcast from his mansion in New Zealand, and had its focus on Privacy as a basic Human Right. This didn’t mean the launch was a long and boring speech however, as Dotcom re-enacted the US Government’s raid on his home on stage, albeit a little more flamboyantly with female “guards” in miniskirts and shouting “Mega is going to be huge, and nothing will stop Mega – whoo!”
He argues that he cannot be held responsible for copyright infringement committed by others, and insists Megaupload complied with copyrights by removing links to pirated material when asked. He also denied that the new site was designed to provoke authorities, but got in plenty of digs at their expense, saying that their campaign to shutter Megaupload simply forced him to create a new and improved site.
The website has seen heavy load since it’s launch and some minor issues, as expected with any large launch. The site is being used by plenty of people around the world already, with dotcom responding to it very quickly (twitter:) “Wow. I have never seen anything like this. From 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes.”