Kim Dotcom: Mega reaches 1 million users one day after launch

On Saturday, the general public was able to sign up to use Mega, the much hyped successor to the MegaUpload file sharing website that was founded by the controversial Kim Dotcom. Mega's servers immediately buckled under the pressure as over 100,000 people registered for the service within an hour after it launched.

On Sunday, Dotcom held his official launch party for Mega at his New Zealand mansion; on the same day one year ago that location was raided by U.S. and New Zealand law enforcement officials who arrested Dotcom on online content piracy charges. The Next Web reports that during the event, Dotcom claimed the new Mega service had already reached the one million user registration mark.

The Mega launch event was, as expected, quite a spectacle, with models dressed up in para-military uniforms surrounding Dotcom on stage. A recreation of the raid on the mansion in 2012, complete with helicopters, was also part of the festivities. Even with all of these theatrics, Dotcom said at the conclusion of the event that he will not be making as many public appearances from now on, aside from upcoming court dates.

Mega is currently offering users access to 50 GB of file storage space for free, with additional storage and bandwidth available for a fee. Dotcom said during the Mega launch press conference that the service has been "built from the ground up to adhere to the law.” Only time will tell if Mega will suffer the same fate as MegaUpload.

Source: The Next Web | Image via The Next Web

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Dotcom said during the Mega launch press conference that the service has been "built from the ground up to adhere to the law.”

Hah this guy is so full of it.

Lol he said

“We have scrutinized every pixel to ensure it's built from the ground up to adhere to the law.”
...

Their privacy policy has a few grammar and spelling errors in it, very professional lol

We respect the copyright of others and requires that users of our services comply with the laws of copyright.

Sounds like a child wrote it

That fat c**t is a crook, always has been. Why advertise this sh*t when neowin seems so anti-piracy a lot of the time, sniffs of double standards to me.
Still, maybe I'm in the minority?

Mega's frontpage, says in big bold words "THE PRIVACY COMPANY", but all i read in my mind is "THE PIRACY COMPANY"....

Uploaded a test 200MB file with Firefox, upload speeds were around 250KB/s. Tried to download said file and get a prompt saying my browser is too old to download a file that size, that I should switch to chrome. Er...

The "reason" is that Firefox can't use Javascript to write files to the hard drive (the file is decrypted by Javascript).
I for one can't see this service making anyone switch to Chrome.

billyea said,
I for one can't see this service making anyone switch to Chrome.

It made me switch to Chrome, at least for now (Firefox's problems have been seriously ****ing me off anyway) and it's pretty damn fine so far, unlike when I tried it a million versions ago.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
this isn't surprising. the pedophiles needed a new place to share their cp.

What the hell are you talking about? There is no difference from any other simillar site to the end-user who publishes a link to a Mega download. The link itself contains the decryption key. If anyone wanted to store illegal content on a file sharing site they could do so for ages using encrypted 7z or rar archives, you think there's any serious difference? Also, what russianmonk said.

Loving the site at the moment can't wait till the hype dies and bandwidth is increased as its bogged down at the moment but getting better every time i check.

Hope this will be the new place to download ROMS, and Linux Destros among other things

All thats missing is a Desktop downloader (I am sure someone will make one at some point)

I can login and upload easily, it maxes out my pathetic upload speed of 35KB/s. I still can't download files though, just get unavailable errors

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