Kim Dotcom: Mega to offer 50 GB of cloud-based file storage for free

We are just a few days away from the scheduled launch of Mega, the successor to the now shut down file sharing service MegaUpload. The new Mega is scheduled to launch on Sunday, one year after the US government shut down MegaUpload and raided the mansion of its founder Kim Dotcom in New Zealand on charges of online content piracy (he has pleaded not guilty to the charges).

While Dotcom continues to wait for the court system to go through the motions, he has been spearheading the launch of Mega. Today, Dotcom took to Twitter again to tease us about Mega's features, saying that it will offer a lot of free storage space for users:

 

By contrast, Microsoft's SkyDrive service gives users 7 GBs of storage space and Google Drive offers 5 GBs of free storage space. Mega will also have options for people who want to pay for additional storage space but so far there's no word on what those options will offer.

Dotcom will hold the Mega launch event at the same New Zealand mansion that was the subject of the raid a year ago on Saturday. He is promising an epic event and hopefully we will get lots of pictures and video of the festivities.

Source: Kim Dotcom on Twitter

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19th is Saturday, but as he is now in New Zealand, when it is Sunday there (ok, here, I'm a kiwi) then it is still only the 19th in the US (as NZ is GMT+13 - well, +12 and 1 extra for daylight savings time)

John Callaham said,
When Kim Dotcom's upcoming file sharing web service Mega launches on Sunday,

Isn't January 19th Saturday?

Well he was a dick in the past but yeah thats in the past, i feel bad for what was done to him (well the way it was done at least) anyway anyone providing a service like this is a good guy as of the day they do it in my books, it will hopefully push m$ and google to increase the storage they give. (na probs not but we can wish.)

Can't wait to be downloading custom roms for my phone and Roms for my DS again from a nice quick service.

rippleman said,
i recall him saying its all encrypted, so there is no way for the servers to know what you have uploaded.

Also he says there are no servers on american soil anymore. Outside of FBI juristiction.

I think if they he ran his business as a legitimate file sharing platform like box.net, dropbox, google drive and skydrive, then it would be really cool. Let people store whatever content you want, but stamp out the piracy and illegal file-sharing. Getting 50 gb from a good powerful file sharing platform would be nice!

I really hope they reinstate premium accounts for users who paid up in January last year only to have wasted their money when the site went down!

My question is what is happening with all the old MegaUpload stuff.. I know /some/ people were allowed to claim their data but wasn't it a small minority..

Also what is gonna keep this from happening again at mega?

Matt A. Tobin said,
My question is what is happening with all the old MegaUpload stuff.. I know /some/ people were allowed to claim their data but wasn't it a small minority..
With this service all the files on the service are encrypted with keys (and file names) known only to the user who uploaded them, so the stupid gov can request take downs all they want, but Mega won't be able to comply on account of not knowing the names and contents of the stored files.

Also what is gonna keep this from happening again at mega?

see an older post about mega's one click encrypt the file. Basically everything that you upload now an be encrypted very fast in a way that even the owners of mega don't know what is inside. This will make it very hard to make claims that mega contains illegal files. As to the data, the lovely US government is not going to give that back. Basically I'f you had backup files on megaupload you're f*cked

SharpGreen said,

Wow..my post completely disappeared. I had said exactly what the guy above this comment said...but yea. Everything's encrypted. Mega's owners can't do anything with it.

I think this encryption style is something like what Dropbox does. It's a good practice in general, and I hope all file hosts will start doing this. It makes it much safer to upload sensitive data (like with personal addresses, phone numbers, SSNs, etc.).

teknix360 said,
I think this encryption style is something like what Dropbox does. It's a good practice in general, and I hope all file hosts will start doing this. It makes it much safer to upload sensitive data (like with personal addresses, phone numbers, SSNs, etc.).

The way Dropbox does makes it possible for them to get your data, so for sensistive data...not a good idea to put it on dropbox.

Matt A. Tobin said,
My question is what is happening with all the old MegaUpload stuff.. I know /some/ people were allowed to claim their data but wasn't it a small minority..

Also what is gonna keep this from happening again at mega?

I think people who throw their data blindly at some online cloud storage and have no local backup to speak of have no business whining about lost data.

So can people still download files for free off of mega like you could from megaupload or do you first need to actually make a account, even a free one?

I like this Kim guy. Megaupload was awesome and I can only imagine what this new service will be like. I'm already a fan.

I like what Kim Dotcom is doing, I actually think he has been badly wronged by the US and he's doing well to put things right. However, I really wish it was someone else. If you look back at his history, he's not actually a very likeable person. Still, he's shown more balls than anyone else thus far so fair play to him.