updated 11:11 am EST, Fri January 18, 2013
Free storage offer dwarfs that of existing cloud storage services
Former Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has claimed that his new data storage service, Mega, will be offering users 50GB at no charge. The large-capacity offer eclipses free cloud storage offers from existing services, such as Dropbox and SugarSync, and will apparently require little to no effort to obtain, as opposed to some usage and promotional actions others require.
Twitter posts from Dotcom mention it will be launched on Sunday in New Zealand, though the premium users of previous service MegaUpload will not receive their premium status back at launch. While Dotcom wants to give the premium status to paid former users, the lawyers say it cannot currently be done, but it will be put in place after they receive "court permission or a case resolution."
The launch of Mega has been problematic for Dotcom since the Megaupload trial commenced, with the original choice of domain blocked by Gabon's government before it could even be launched. In an attempt to protect user data from seizure by authorities, such as in the case of Megaupload, Mega will require users to install dedicated software that will encrypt files being uploaded while leaving the user the key to decrypt, not the site itself. High-speed parallel batch uploading and downloading with resume capabilities will be offered, and will use a distributed hosting platform instead of a centralized storage location.
In the current Megaupload case, the US was recently denied a demand for complete and unrestricted access to Megaupload servers that are located in Canada. The decision by Justice Gladys Pardu joins that of Judge Liam O'Grady of the United States district court in hampering the US government's case against the Megaupload founder.