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article imageKim Dotcom moves new ‘Mega’ website to New Zealand

By Brian LaSorsa     Nov 12, 2012 in Technology
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced on Twitter early Monday morning the relocation of his new business venture to New Zealand.
“New Zealand will be the home of our new website,” he wrote. “Powered by legality and protected by the law.”
Largely seen as the successor to Dotcom’s previous website, ‘Mega’ is a file-sharing and cloud-storage service that lets users encrypt and decrypt data within their own browsers. The company clarifies, “You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us,” possibly a reference to the belief that innovators shouldn’t be punished for their users’ actions.
The move came after Dotcom’s initial plans were shut down by a little-known country in Central Africa: Gabon. Government officials prohibited Mega from being hosted on a Gabon-based Me.ga domain, citing the website — which wasn’t even operational at the time — as “a platform [for] violating copyrights” and its potential customers as “unscrupulous people.”
Ira Rothken, the attorney overseeing Megaupload’s worldwide defense, seemed to shrug it off.
“MegaUpload and Kim are innocent and presumed innocent,” he told CNET. “We're just going to use a different domain.”
And that they did.
Mega is now seeking hosting partners and investors at the New Zealand-based domain. An interactive button suggests the launch date is Jan. 19, at which point, according to the website, the world will change.
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