Megaupload strikes back

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New Zealand will be the home of our new website: Mega.co.nz – Powered by legality and protected by the law.

— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) November 12, 2012

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The Internet (or, more specifically, a part of it) rose up some time back when the popular data storage site Megaupload was taken down by the US Department of Justice. Its founder Kim Dotcom was raided, arrested and carted at his home by an elite special forces unit on the 20th of January (yes, they came in a helicopter). Dotcom was accused of promoting the spread of pirated content through his website and costing the entertainment industry $500 million, which many saw as a power play by Hollywood and the US Government.

The German-born millionaire has a record – including charges of data espionage, data fraud, a few hacker antics and embezzlement – this isn’t the first time he’s been in jail. 

Following his release, Kim publicly vowed to restart Megaupload. After a few false starts he’s set up shop again in New Zealand, despite having been raided in the same country. This time around the law’s mostly on his side. The New Zealand High Court declared in June that the warrants for the raid were invalid.

Dotcom initially aimed to purchase the Me.ga domain, but the domain was suspended by the Gabon government, which claims .ga domains as being under it’s jurisdiction. The new “MEGA” is a great deal slicker than the former Megaupload, with an API in the works as well. Kim Dotcom has returned – with a vengeance.

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