New Megaupload 90% finished, launching soon

It’s been a long and weird ride for Megaupload, ever since it was taken down by the US government back in January. While lawyers battle out its future, and activists campaign to save the data of people who depended on it to access their files, the world has been entertained by the antics of Kim Dotcom, who’s generated plenty of love and hate. That’s all about to change, though, as Megaupload prepares to make its big comeback.

You’d think that Dotcom would at least wait for his legal battles to die down before thinking about relaunching his service, but since that could take a while, he’s going ahead with his plans to revive the service. “Quick update on the new Mega: Code 90% done. Servers on the way. Lawyers, Partners & Investors ready. Be patient. It's coming,” he tweeted over the weekend. And this time it’s unstoppable.

So, what sort of changes should we expect? At this point, details are still scarce, but Dotcom has said that the new Megaupload will be a ‘massive global network,’ completely safe from outside interference thanks to its totally decentralized nature. A bit like the Pirate Bay, at least conceptually. “All non-US hosters,” he says, “will be able to connect servers and bandwidth.”

So, how long until Megaupload makes its glorious return? Probably not long. With servers being deployed and the code almost finished, we could be basking in file-sharing nirvana in a matter of weeks. We can’t wait to see how this one turns out. One things for sure: Dotcom is determined to get things up and running again. “They abused the wrong guy,” he says. “I am going to turn this world upside down. Power to the people. Bye bye Echelon. Hello Freedom.” We’ll do our best to keep you posted on any new developments.

Source: TorrentFreak | Image via Kim Dotcom

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Hello KCRic,

If you do not mind, let me drop in some facts instead of innuendos which are a standard tactics against people who dare to speak out that obtaining value without paying for it is a theft. I was born in Slovak Republic where I reside as a self-employed citizen until this day. I had been to USA once in all of my life for a week long educational stay. Till this day, I have never knowingly met anyone from RIAA nor have I exchanged a single piece of correspondence with any one working for RIAA. Some of my family migrated long ago to other continents including America. If anyone wants to dig through my family tree to check out whether any of my relatives works for RIAA, he is welcome to do so (for free, please, you know, we have entered era where free services and content are in so I am not going to pay for a such a research).
How interesting to also mention that I am the only one here using my real name. It looks like plenty of people here at NeoWin forums has got something to hide but not so with me.

Have a nice day.

Jan Sichula

So all those dirty money that Kim Schmitz “earned” from selling fast downloads of pirated content without ever sharing a cent with authors and content owners are now being invested to create a “service” that will enable theft and law breaking at even greater scale. What an occasion to cheer his comeback.
It is sickening to see how many people have already got used to this new lifestyle of getting value without paying for it. Schmitz pretends to be a hero of “free speech” yet all of his tactics consists of simply mining on the already preexistent sentiments of Napster generation people who do not want to pay for content as if it was some kind of human right to get the movies and music for free. The motto of this new twisted thinking is - let the other people who still believe that value is to be paid cover the production and operation costs and we will have it for free without ever worrying. It is an ugly world indeed and I pity all those heavy working artists and content producers.
As for what the RIAA is really about, I can only recommend a very decent and well reasoned presentation by its CEO at http://personaldemocracy.com/m.../music-industry-digital-age. If you can overcome your prejudice and invest 24 minutes to watch it, you will be surprised how much the real RIAA and its mission differs from the twisted misinformation presented on many so called “freedom” sites.
Another excellent resource exposing what is aptly called “cult of free” was published by John Degen at http://johndegen.blogspot.sk/2...lt-of-free-users-guide.html.
You know, today you might cheer at the announcement of new MU for you can't wait for more stolen movies and music, but it can happen to you that one day later you will not get paid for the copyrighted content you have yourself produced because no one will any longer thing it is right and proper to pay for it to begin with. Should it come, on that day blame only yourself.

Jan Sichula

Jan.Sichula.Jr said,
I have family that works for the RIAA and I personally have a monetary investment in it.

Jan Sichula

There, I fixed it for you.

Not really sure how I feel about this, if you were using file sharing sites for legitimate purposes there were way better alternatives to megaupload. If you were using it to pirate things then why cry about it being shut down?

5$ says the new megaupload will go like this

6 months of free downloads for everyone with no restrictions (To build up a decent amount of ahem less than legitimite content with cash offers for uploaders)

Then out of the blue the restrictions come in 150kb/s for anyone without a premium account, no files over 500Mb without a premium account, 500Mb an hour etc

This continues for 1 year or two until the site is shutdown and everyone with a lifetime or 1 year premium account is screwed.

Yeah because this has never, ever happened before.

TPreston said,
5$ says the new megaupload will go like this

6 months of free downloads for everyone with no restrictions (To build up a decent amount of ahem less than legitimite content with cash offers for uploaders)

Then out of the blue the restrictions come in 150kb/s for anyone without a premium account, no files over 500Mb without a premium account, 500Mb an hour etc

This continues for 1 year or two until the site is shutdown and everyone with a lifetime or 1 year premium account is screwed.

Yeah because this has never, ever happened before.

O I hope they'll give those who had premium /life time account back I was pretty freaking close to buy lifetime account

The old Megaupload allowed ( well, at least for me and many of friends) download speeds up to 2 MB/s and no real cap of download.
In fact, I would prefer their free service over some paid hosters from nowadays ..

Props to Dotcom for bringing Megaupload back (soon).

It's stuff like this that makes me embarrassed to say I'm an American. I hate how our government has to stick their nose into everyone elses business. The RIAA and MPAA are just greedy organizations that like to bully everyone else. If things keep going the way there going, I guarantee that the U.S. will **** off someone enough that they'll hack the power grid, or take over the computers at the Pentagon.

It's only a matter of time.

SnaveZ said,

It's stuff like this that makes me embarrassed to say I'm an American. I hate how our government has to stick their nose into everyone elses business.

Especially considering that the original idea was to *not* do that...

THolman said,

Especially considering that the original idea was to *not* do that...

Yup! And it's always getting worse. The U.S. almost needs someone to show them that they aren't invincible, that they can't do whatever the hell they want.

SnaveZ said,
Yup! And it's always getting worse. The U.S. almost needs someone to show them that they aren't invincible, that they can't do whatever the hell they want.

U.S. government* rather. And I agree. (U.S. citizen here)

File sharing sites have gone terribley downhill. Slow speeds. Crazy waiting times. Hope the new MegaUpload sorts things out.

rapidshare and all other services are crying and tremble, because now, no one will look at them, right after MU was shut down, they capped download limit to 30 40 kb, before the shut down it was faster, a lot faster.

megaupload was the best.

The way that Megaupload was taken down was a bit over the top, particularly considering all of the legal uses that it provided, but this is not some sort of free speech thing.

People just want to download the content that got Megaupload inappropriately taken down in the first place. That's their definition of freedom: pirating content.