MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has declared his plans to launch a new data-sharing website named Mega, according to an interview with Wired. Dotcom told the publication that the service will incorporate new technology that will simultaneously enhance the privacy rights of Internet users and provide a solution to issues of liability.
Mega, much like its predecessor, is a one-click, subscriber-based cloud platform that will allow its users to upload and share files. However, it differs from the now defunct MegaUpload by encrypting the files shared directly in the client’s browser via an Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm and then issuing users a unique decryption key.
In the same interview, Mathias Ortmann, Dotcom's Mega partner, went on to explain that this will absolve the company of all responsibility of its users' content, as the decryption key is not stored with Mega, making it “impossible for Mega” to be privy to customer content. This places the onus on the user to control access to uploaded files.
"Whatever is uploaded to the site, it is going to be remain closed and private without the key," said Dotcom.
Furthermore, Mega will do away with file 'de-duplication' on its servers, meaning, as Wired explained, that if a user uploads copyrighted material a 100 times, it will result in 100 different files and require 100 different decryption keys.
Pirates shouldn't celebrate yet, however. Dotcom went on to insist that Mega is not “a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the Department of Justice,” as it will grant large media interests direct access to its servers, allowing them to remove any copyright-infringing materials they may find. But, Dotcom stipulated, “if they want to use that tool, they'll have to accept, prior to getting access, that they're not going to sue us or hold us accountable for the actions of our users."
Dotcom and three other founders of MegaUpload were arrested in New Zealand in January and face extradition to the US to face a list of charges relating to copyright infringement and fraud. The founders' legal troubles seemed to have informed the decision to employ this new technology, saying that "encryption itself" will need to be made illegal in order to shut down the site.
Mega is not the only new enterprise that Dotcom is embarking on. He recently announced plans for a new music service dubbed Megabox that is purported to afford artists the ability to sell their own music directly and retain 90 per cent of the revenue.