The Pirate Bay has been the brunt of most legal battles dealing with piracy over the last few years, but apparently that isn't stopping the website from remaining incredibly popular. The torrent tracker has surpassed 4shared, Mediafire, and other popular file-sharing websites to become the world's largest once again.
A new wrinkle has been unveiled in the legal saga of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his battle against extradition to the United States. Dotcom and other members of the Megaupload team stand accused of copyright infringement among other things and face huge fines and prison time. A court in the Zealand ruled this week that Dotcom can file suit against the New Zealand spy agency.
Kim Dotcom has just announced through Twitter that Mega, his successor to Megaupload, will now be accepting Bitcoin as payment for its cloud storage services. You can purchase your Mega service with Bitcoin through Mega's newest reseller, Bitvoucher. Bitcoin is a P2P digital currency that allows you to instantly make a payment to anyone, anywhere in the world. It does not operate under a central authority, such as banks or the government, but instead is operated by only the Bitcoin network. This allows everyone to be able to use its services, and it also allows users to make payments that cannot be traced by the government.
This week the next-generation iteration of online file hosting known as Mega has taken hold, its creator Kim Dotcom making it clear in an interview that this is no Megaupload, his goal being to usher in a new era for the web. This interview took place with the Wall Street Journal and included no lack of assurances from Dotcom that this web service would not end up like the last. Singing some of the same tunes as he did this past weekend at the official launch of the service from his own New Zealand mansion, Dotcom made clear: "Every single pixel on that site has been looked at by lawyers, and of course we are fully compliant with all laws."
Kim Dotcom's second brainchild officially launched yesterday, and while everything was obviously supposed to go smooth, it didn't. It turns out, the new service claimed that one million users signed up on day one alone, and when you're not expecting that big of a crowd, things can get cluttered fairly quickly. Many users reported issues with Mega, most notably that they weren't able to upload files.
According to none other than Kim Dotcom himself, Megaupload's replacement Mega has attained 1 million users in the first day it's been active. This of course includes those users that got early access, and the announcement was made at Dotcom's own mansion in New Zealand at a conference clad with fireworks and scantily clad ladies. The event spoken of here took place early this morning (or at night if you were there in person) and was described as "insane" by some choice attendees.
Remember Megaupload? It was the file-sharing service created by Kim Dotcom that ended up being shut down and resulted in Dotcom's house being raided, along with some more shenanigans of some kind. However, the dust as settled and Dotcom is back with a new service called Mega that looks to take on Dropbox and other cloud services. Mega officially launches tomorrow, but early-access users got a peek at it today.
The New Zealand registrar Instra Corporation has announced that it will provide customer support and billing for Mega.co.nz, the replacement for Megaupload set to launch on January 19. This comes after the aforementioned cloud storage service - largely the home of copyrighted content - was taken down by the US government. The new iteration of the service is based out of New Zealand.
Megaupload's Kim Dotcom is still facing significant legal trouble from the United States over alleged copyright infringement. That case won't move forward until sometime next year. Dotcom has been hard at work on his next service simply called Mega. Back in November, the on-again, off-again Mega service came back with a New Zealand web address.