TB&I talks to Mega CEO Vikram Kumar about how the offspring of the notorious cyberlocker aims to keep file-sharing above board.
On January 19 2012, the US Department of Justice shut down file-sharing website Megaupload and arrested its founder Kim Dotcom, along with three of his colleagues, on charges including conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and racketeering.
The Hong Kong-based Megaupload allowed Internet users access to millions of pirated movies, television programmes and music, free of charge. According to estimates, it once reported 50 million daily visitors and accounted for 4 percent of global Internet traffic. It is estimated to have cost copyright holders $500 million in lost revenue.
Mega.co.nz rose from Megaupload’s ashes earlier this year with a new image and focus on user privacy. It now has more than three million registered users who can upload and store files using an encryption system that keeps any infringing content invisible to the site administrators.
To continue reading, you need a subscription to WIPR. Start a subscription to WIPR for £455.
In-house feature articles, the archive and expert comment require a paid subscription. Subscribe now.
Want to give it a try? We are offering a two week free trial to the WIPR website – register and select “Free Trial” to begin access to the full WIPR archive and read the latest news, features and expert comment. Begin your free trial here.
Is your 2 week free trial about to end? Upgrade to a 12 month subscription for £455 now.
If you have already subscribed please login.
If you have any technical issues please email James Lynn on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mega, Vikram Kumar, Kim Dotcom, Megaupload, file-sharing