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FILESHARING MILLIONAIRE Kim Dotcom has lived up to his promises and opened the doors of his Megaupload replacement on the anniversary of its seizure.
Mega, which has replaced Megaupload, launched late on Saturday and attracted keen interest.
"100,000 registered users in less than 1 hour. Fastest growing startup in internet history? #Mega," tweeted Dotcom on Saturday evening.
"250,000 user registrations. Server capacity on maximum load. Should get better when initial frenzy is over. Wow!!!" He described the demand as "Massive".
Site is still overloaded. Massive demand. Incredible. I am so happy. Thank you for using #Mega.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 19, 2013
We signed up for a free Mega account. That has no charge, and gives us 50GB of free cloud storage. We can drag and drop files and everything seems to run smoothly. It is easy to use.
We were using Firefox. Mega recommended that we switch to Chrome. "While other browser vendors are still struggling to implement the full spectrum of HTML5's functionality, Google Chrome has it all - today," it said.
"To enjoy MEGA's full power (such as automated batch up - and downloading), we strongly suggest abandoning your current, outdated browser and upgrading to Chrome as soon as possible." However, we found that sticking with Firefox worked just fine.
Mega then is a service like Dropbox, and indeed Dotcom compared it to that digital locker during an interview with Reuters.
"This is not some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood," he said. "Legally, there's just nothing there that could be used to shut us down. This site is just as legitimate and has the right to exist as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors."
Megaupload was shut down, and its users lost access to their files and documents. Dotcom, who ran the service, has been accused of being involved in 'piracy' has done all he can to make sure that does not happen again.
Users are given a personal 2048 bit RSA public/private key pair when they join the website, and that is theirs and theirs alone. Mega has no involvement in it and no access to it. This means that if anyone comes knocking they cannot be said to have been knowingly hosting anything.
If anyone does come knocking with concerns about legitimised piracy, the Mega response is made clear in its terms and conditions.
"We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable law and are properly provided to us [...] We reserve the right to remove data alleged to be infringing without prior notice, at our sole discretion, and without liability to you. In appropriate circumstances, we will also terminate your account if you are determined to be a repeat infringer," it says.
Mega accounts come in four sizes. A free version with 50GB of cloud storage, Pro, with 500GB of storage for just under €10 a month, Pro 2 with 2TB at just under €20, and Pro 3 with 4TB for just under €30. µ
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