Since Megaupload (which was one of the world’s biggest file-sharing websites) was shut down earlier this year, Dotcom has often made mention of plans to releasing a new project that would reshape how people share media. In June he announced Megabox, a new music service that lets users either purchase a song to listen to it, or install “Megakey” software, which lets users listen to music for free but comes with advertisements hosted both by other websites and Megabox.
The new service Mega, will live up to Dotcom’s word as it plans to encrypt and decrypt data on-the-fly and provides users with a unique decryption key, meaning that only they will know what they upload. TorrentFreak reports the website will be hosted at “me.ga” (a Gabonese domain), which likely makes it memorable, but also purposefully avoids the “.com” and “.net” domains, as Dotcom has warned other cloud storage services that it is not safe to host such offerings in the United States.
“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.”
Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, has worked hard to ensure that the new website is shutdown-proof, and as the website’s administrators will have no access to file details, he believes the site will avoid violating US laws, as he told the BBC. This appears to shift responsibility on uploaded content from the site’s owners over to users with Wired reporting that even if you the servers were raided files would be “meaningless without the key.”
Posting on his twitter, Dotcom announced that website, which is currently a holding page, had received millions of hits soon after the reveal. Despite his optimism and hard work however, it awaits to be seen whether Kim will be able to convince people that Me.ga is infallible, especially those who used Megaupload until it’s shutdown, which resulted in the permanent loss of many legally owned files.