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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.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:28AM (#41842515)

    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/

  • Re:How long until: (Score:2, Interesting)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:28AM (#41842531) Homepage

    "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 that what they want is irrelevant.

    Of course, it's not entirely without precedent for the US to do these things anyway without the knowledge or permission of the country where it takes place [nytimes.com]. And there's certainly loads of pressure they would be willing to apply in the form of trade sanctions and other diplomatic pressure.

  • Re:Ugh (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BetterSense (1398915) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @11:47AM (#41842819)
    According the the article I read in my dead-tree Wired issue, plus speculation, the new service is going to be fully encrypted, forcing all users to encrypt their uploads so that the upload service itself cannot see what the content on its severs is, and so they have total plausible deniability, with the added bonus that the government also can't find clear-text data on their servers to incriminate them with.

    This might also allow you and your trusted friends to upload anything you want, and megaupload/your ISP/the government cannot then bust you for copyright infringement or whatever, for the practical reason that they don't know what the data is. Of course this is possible now with current technology, but a cloud storage service with a good user interface with this feature 'built-in' and mandatory might be what it takes to get ordinary people to encrypt their content. Imagine Dropbox with mandatory encryption. True cypherpunks would argue that everything should have always been like this anyway.

    Of course, Big Content doesn't roll over for such technicalities so I expect this to simply spawn more anti-cryptography laws.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Re:Ugh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Abreu (173023) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @03:21PM (#41845391)

    It's funny how right wingers in the USA seem to think the United Nations is all-powerful.

    Guys, the UN has no power whatsoever, it cannot dictate laws to member states, much less enforce them.

  • by AK Marc (707885) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @03:43PM (#41845713)

    That's a very Machiavellian philosophy, tantamount to Realpolitik. Realpolitik is why the USA supported so many corrupt dictators and bloody warlords during the Cold War. We looked the other way when they committed human rights abuses and atrocities, because they were seen as a stabilizing influence and loyal anti-communists.

    Yes, the US is embarking on another campaign to piss off the planet by causing trouble in other countries to push their agenda. We were willing to abandon all our principles when it came to fighting communism. Then again with the war on drugs. And again with the war on terrorism. And again with the war for IP. It's one of those cases where the slippery slope really did happen. If you told someone 100 years ago that the US would be spending trillions to push the corporate agenda of corporations that own nothing but ideas and sell nothing but 1s and 0s, they'd have laughed at you, and if you persisted in telling that correct future, then you'd likely have had part of your brain removed to shut up your insane rants. After all, the government isn't there to fight foreign wars for oil, or make marijuana illegal because the cotton industry found it a threat. Oh wait, it is, and it has. Too late. The only fix is a revolution, and the fat lazy American's are too happy with their bread and circuses.

  • Re:US IP Laws (Score:2, Interesting)

    by AK Marc (707885) on Thursday November 01, 2012 @03:49PM (#41845805)
    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).

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