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Megaupload founder defies law with new site launch

The launch party featured a re-enactment of Kim Dotcoms arrest at his home. Picture: Reuters

The launch party featured a re-enactment of Kim Dotcoms arrest at his home. Picture: Reuters

  • by KRISTEN GELINEAU
 

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched a new file-sharing website yesterday, promising users increased privacy levels in a defiant move against the US prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online piracy.

The colourful entrepreneur unveiled the “Mega” site ahead of a lavish gala and press conference at his New Zealand mansion yesterday, the anniversary of his arrest on American charges related to his now-closed Megaupload file-sharing site. Megaupload, which Dotcom started in 2005, was one of the most popular sites on the web until US prosecutors shut it down, accusing German-born Dotcom and several company officials of facilitating millions of illegal downloads.

In Dotcom’s typical grandiose style, the launch party featured a tongue-in-cheek re-enactment of a raid on his home a year earlier, when New Zealand police swooped down in helicopters onto the mansion grounds and arrested him.

He is currently on bail pending an extradition ruling.

 

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