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Kim Dotcom Outs Mega Teaser Site, Finalizes Domain Name 195

Posted by timothy
from the oh-you-actually-big-tease dept.
hypnosec writes "Kim Dotcom has let out more information about the launch of Megaupload's successor Mega, which he claims will be 'bigger, better, faster, stronger, [and] safer.' Mega is currently looking for partners willing to provide servers, support and connectivity to become 'Mega Storage Nodes.' The prime requirement, according to Dotcom, is that the servers should be located outside the U.S. and that the companies should also be based outside of the U.S. For this reason, Dotcom has decided that the new service will be launching with 'Me.ga' domain name."
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Kim Dotcom Outs Mega Teaser Site, Finalizes Domain Name

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  • Have to say... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by santax (1541065) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @10:57AM (#41842133)
    He has pretty big balls. I wish him all the best. But this time, I hope he will build a safe-room, in a safe-room because this is going to upset a lot of tier 1 criminals, eh businesspeople.
    • There's a house in California that's built in an old abandon mineshaft. It's nearly a mile deep and an elevator is required for access. Inside there's a natural spring that the home owner can use for water. It even has its own water fall and such. I've always wanted to get something like that. Get enough food down there and you could survive just about anything. Want to expand? Get a pickaxe. I'm sure he could have waited down there long enough for his lawyers to get this taken care of. lol
    • I personally think this is the answer for all cloud storage. You encrypt data before it leaves and the server, God only knows where, stores your stuff. You can access it or your friends you give access to can get the data. Big deal. If Kim doesn't do it, who else does?

      Thus if Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and a lot of other big companies can offer cloud storage, what is different about Me.ga except that Kim doesn't have lobbyists in Washington, DC?

      The holding of encrypted data on a server is just anonymous d

    • by MoaDweeb (858263) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @01:34PM (#41844041)
      He DID have a safe room and went and hid. The Police enticed him out later with candy bars and threats.
    • by Goaway (82658)

      Sure takes big balls to ask other people to take the risk for you, while you make the money.

    • by countach (534280)

      Maybe he figures that if his legal situation is ok, hey might as well make more money. And if his legal situation is screwed, hey he's screwed already anyway.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 01, 2012 @10:57AM (#41842135)

    Kim,

    Thanks for fighting the good fight.

    Yes!

  • How long until: (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ledow (319597) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @10:58AM (#41842153) Homepage

    "The domain name associated with the website Me.ga has been seized pursuant to an order issued by the U.S. District Court"

    (or equivalent).

    • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:18AM (#41842381) Journal
      And the more important question: will he be changing his name to Kim Dotga?
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by gstoddart (321705)

      "The domain name associated with the website Me.ga has been seized pursuant to an order issued by the U.S. District Court"

      Well, the rationale for seizing his other one was that since it was a .com, and America owns .com (apparently), it was within their rights.

      A domain not registered with a US authority, for a company entirely based outside of the US ... unless they can intimidate a local government into playing along, they may find themselves with no 'real' jurisdiction. A US District Court might get told

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:00AM (#41842179)

    And its not going to be "America's" internet.

    We are going back to our old ways of isolating ourselves from the world because of the greed of a very few.

    While Kim may be greedy and potentially an asshole, he's going to win and is playing by rules far more legitimate then our current IP circus.

    To those of you in the MPAA, RIAA, and software, mobile phone, and ISP industries. You cannot fight this. Learn and adapt or you will fail while people like Kim refuse to lay down and prosper.

    • by misexistentialist (1537887) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:37AM (#41842657)
      It's not like the governments of other countries are enthusiastic about an open internet.
    • by Dan667 (564390)
      they have already been gutted, it will just take a while for them to bleed out. Kind of like microsoft.
    • by PraiseBob (1923958) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @12:32PM (#41843315)
      While Kim may be greedy and potentially an asshole, he's going to win and is playing by rules far more legitimate then our current IP circus.

      Except he had his personal assets seized, his companys assets destroyed, and is facing huge legal fees along with possible extradition and decades of prison time. You say he will win the legal battle, but everything done to him so far has been illegal and yet it was still done. The forces working against him don't really care about following legal procedure, they care about ruining his life. And anybody who wants to follow his business models certainly has to carefully consider how much of their own life they are putting at risk by going against the current IP circus. Or take a look at the guys from Pirate Bay, locked in cages in solitary confinement. Are they winning the fight?

      I'm all for a more open internet, but your viewpoint is full of idealistic assumptions that are by no means assured.
    • by houghi (78078) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @12:39PM (#41843397)

      To those of you in the MPAA, RIAA, and software, mobile phone, and ISP industries. You cannot fight this.

      Sure they can fight this. They have been fighting since Gutenberg. OK, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_copyright_law [wikipedia.org] says :
      Pope Alexander VI issued a bull in 1501 against the unlicensed printing of books.
      And :
      Popes conceded at different times to certain printers the exclusive privilege of printing for specific terms (rarely exceeding 14 years)
      That is 50 years after Gutenberg started printing.

      So don't say they can't fight it. They have been fighting it for a LOT longer then you and me are around and they will continue fighting it.

    • by xigxag (167441)

      Unfortunately they can fight it, and have continued to fight even after the death of megaupload. Almost every filesharing service which was predominant two years ago has folded or has severely tightened its policies. Almost none of them now accept paypal; you have to pay with a credit card or wire transfer using some dodgy offshore middleman.

      And once "me.ga" is deemed an outlaw business by the USA, then subscribing to the service, or advertising on the service, or linking to the service will be considered

    • while people like Kim refuse to lay down and prosper.

      I dunno, Laying down and prospering sounds like a pretty good deal.

  • by Revotron (1115029) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:02AM (#41842211)
    "You can't shut us down. The internet is about the free exchange and sale of other people's ideas!"
  • by spottedkangaroo (451692) * on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:14AM (#41842349) Homepage
    Seems like our IP laws are really helping our industries right now. Soon all data centers will be located out of the reach of *AA ?
    • Re:US IP Laws (Score:4, Insightful)

      by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:36AM (#41842635) Homepage

      Seems like our IP laws are really helping our industries right now. Soon all data centers will be located out of the reach of *AA ?

      Out of reach? Given the way the US is exporting its IP laws with some serious diplomatic pressure ... if SOCOM can rustle up someone to go in and do a raid where they're not supposed to be, I wouldn't put that past the influence of the *AAs.

      American foreign policy is in large part driven by what those guys want. To the point that documents written by industry are part of governmental briefings -- even if the conclusions in the document is entirely in the service of the interests of the *AAs.

      Welcome to the oligarchy. It's hard not to come to the conclusion that it's the industry calling the shots, not the government.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by AK Marc (707885)
        Use a domain from Gabon and host the servers in Macau or Hong Kong. If the US storms them, they'll be starting WWIII. I'd say some place like Singapore for better connectivity, but they have more a record of surrendering than the French (though in their defense, it was when they were British administered).
        • by Kalriath (849904)

          MegaUpload was a Hong Kong company, and the US managed to get their assets seized by the HK government. So no, not at all.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm really not sure that .ga (Gabon) was the best choice - see: http://www.internetnews.me/2012/01/13/is-the-gabon-registry-offline/

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Looks like yet another classic Kim Dotcom scam.

    This guy isn't an internet hero, he is a piece of shit.

    • He can be both. Dotcom vs the MPAA? Dick vs Asshole. Whoever wins, we win.
      • by serviscope_minor (664417) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @01:58PM (#41844323) Journal

        Whoever wins, we win.

        Not even slightly.

        It's a normal asshole verses one of the biggest douche-bags of all time.

        It's clearly better for the MPAA to loose because they are much much worse.

        Anyway, is he an asshole? I had a paid up megaupload account which I only used for legal stuff. It worked really well.

        • Sort of. He made his fortune in shady businesses, playing right on the edge of legal and illegal.
          • You won't get a suspended sentence on just being on the edge of legal and illegal. He had two of them. Suspended sentences are seen as more serious in Germany because most people who aren't considered dangerous will get a suspended sentence if their sentence is under two years prison time.

  • There is no news. There is only the truth of the signal.
    You can't stop the signal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.

  • I haven't followed the case very closely but what ended up happening to the content that existed on the megaupload site? Did Dotcom get his servers back?

    Also, if this service works it will be much easier that uploading truecrypt volumes. Which I will probably keep doing anyway.
  • by mounthood (993037) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @12:22PM (#41843245)

    From the page on server limitations:

    Unfortunately we can't work with hosting companies based in the United States. Safe harbour for service providers via the Digital Millenium Copyright Act has been undermined by the Department of Justice with its novel criminal prosecution of Megaupload. It is not safe for cloud storage sites or any business allowing user generated content to be hosted on servers in the United States or on domains like .com / .net. The US government is frequently seizing domains without offering service providers a hearing or due process.

    When people ask "why use me.ga?" they're going to hear the Kim DotCom story. Eventually it'll be taken for granted that Hollywood has corrupted the Justice Department. This could be the PR move that turns ordinary people against Hollywood.

  • Huh... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by koan (80826) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @01:33PM (#41844025)

    I get the feeling the RIAA, MPAA and the rest of the anti-piracy morons are holding us back, dragging us down.

    At some point I stop caring about your "intellectual property" and "media licenses" and long for you to disappear.

  • by nurb432 (527695) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @03:08PM (#41845221) Homepage Journal

    Is the wrong way to go. It provides several points of failure that are hard to get around, and has proven to be vulnerable time and time again as we lose sites like Demonoid and Library.nu ( and countless others before them ).

    Best bet is to go underground with something like Freenet or I2P. Sure, it may not be as 'transparent', but that is fixable by creating brain dead installers and multiple public access points. ( then you play whack-a-mole as those are shut down ). The days of the 'open net' is limited.

    This way there is nothing specific to shut down.

    Of course if there is a money trail, and there will be with Kim, that is still vulnerable.

  • Copyright infringement of Daft Punk.

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