Kim Dotcom Details The Return Of Megaupload

By: Zach Walton - August 28, 2012

The old Megaupload is dead. Even if Kim Dotcom wins every court case and has the site returned to him, it would be fairly useless. That’s why the Megaupload founder is planning on launching a new Megaupload later this year. We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know any details until today’s announcement.

Like with all major announcements, Dotcom took to Twitter to detail the second coming of Megaupload. It’s ambitious, innovative and could possibly change file sharing forever if the service does half of what Dotcom claims.

Looking beyond the claims of changing the world, the details revealed today show a Megaupload that would be immune to pretty much all law enforcement. For one, Dotcom won’t allow U.S.-based hosters to connect to the network. The U.S. authorities claim that Megaupload was under their jurisdiction, despite the company being based in Hong Kong, because they leased some servers in Virginia.

The second part of that tweet – “hosters will be able to connect servers and bandwidth” – is the most exciting part. The new Megaupload won’t just be hosted by servers contracted out by Dotcom and his company. Anybody can offer storage on the new Megaupload and will probably be compensated quite graciously for their contributions. It would also protect Megaupload from being shut down as the site can be offloaded onto other servers if one is taken down.

Finally, the one-click encryption would make sure that anybody monitoring the networks wouldn’t know who was uploading what. Granted, the authorities could use decryption software, but Dotcom may be using a new form of encryption that’s not easily breakable. Either way, users of the new Megaupload would be able to upload anything with peace of mind that their IP and files would be unknown to any prying eyes.

If Dotcom can pull this off, the new Megaupload just might change the world of file sharing. It will be interesting to see if the U.S. makes any statement regarding the relaunch of Megaupload as a new anonymous service that might even be more secure than torrents.

[h/t: TorrentFreak]

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    The really funny think is Demonoid, Megaupload and all the rest have never hurt anyone. The whole thing about piracy and copyright is smoke and mirrors. If you want here is a perfect example…The Avengers & The three Batman Movies…Cam’s and pirated version’s were our withing hours of there release. Those movies made a killing at the box office.

    The reason for that is people check out the pirated stuff and if they like it they tend to pay for it…if they like it but not so much that there willing to pay 12.00 to see it they wait for Red Box. Those sites let people preview stuff and decide whether they want to spend there money on it. That is the real problem here, it forces the Music, Movie, Book, Comic and any other entertainment to actually work at putting out quality work. Cause the truth is that the entertainment industry puts out 90% junk and 10% quality.

    The torrent sites and sites like Megaupload allow us to filter stuff and see if its worth our time. People will pay for there entertainment if its off good quality. The reason for going after the sites is because the industry can’t go after millions of people that use the sites. what the industry dose not seem to understand is you can’t stop the torrent sits or file sharing sites…take one down 10 more will show up in its place.