Kim Dotcom last night declare site for his new file-sharing service—Me.ga—and details his plan to avoid shutdown attempts from law enforcement. Me.ga is reported system to be launched on January 20, 2013, the one-year anniversary of Dotcom’s arrest on copyright infringement charges and the shutdown of Megaupload.
We have previously reported Dotcom’s plan to launch a new, encrypted cyberlocker service. What is new? Me.ga domain name, which is being modified today to a site describing how the new service will work. Here’s what Dotcom is promising:
- Easy privacy: In the past, the secure storage and transfer of private information required the installation of dedicated software. The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly. You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us.
- Online Mega Manager: Before, you have to install Mega Manager on every computer you use Megaupload from. Now, high speed comparative level loading and downloading with start capability are important parts of Mega website.
- Live global cloud file system: Before, you had to create and update file folders manually. Now, you have a true cloud file system at your fingertips, with cross-account folder sharing for easy online collaboration. You can even access your cloud drive as a file system transfer or drive letter!
- Multi-centric data storage: Before, we only worked on a handful of storage nodes located in expensive premium data centers. Now, thanks to encryption, we can connect a large number of hosting partners around the world without worrying about privacy violations. Our distributors will be close to our customers. “
Dotcom’s new site is also looking for hosting services, which must be located outside the US due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Dotcom wants Linux-based servers with “At least 20TB of disk space, a quality RAID controller, at least 4GB of RAM, at least 1Gbps uplink (2Gbps preferred).” On Twitter, Dotcom said he wanted 60 “state-of-the-art” portal servers for launch.
Mega is promising an API in hopes of building an “ecosystem” of third-party apps that can run on the service. And while Mega says it has “enough money” to launch, it’s looking for investors so it can “keep Mega free for as long as possible.”
The site was very crowded when he went live last night, Dotcom wrote on Twitter. “Millions of users attacked at once,” Dotcom wrote. “I am happy by the opportunity. But the servers can not take it. The new Mega will. WOW !!! “
Dotcom, who is also planning a “Megabox” cloud music service, is awaiting a ruling on whether to expand from New Zealand to the US.