Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, will launch his replacement site on a New Zealand domain, he announced early this morning on Twitter.
Since Megaupload was shut down by U.S. law enforcement agents in January for copyright infringement, Dotcom has lived in New Zealand seeking to avoid extradition to the United States. Dotcom has said he will rebuild the site using methods that make it resistant to another takedown.
Last week, he said he would use the URL Me.ga, which includes a Gabonese domain. But the Gabonese government subsequently said it would not allow Dotcom to register the site there.
A pre-launch site is live at Mega.co.nz. Dotcom said the new website will be “powered by legality and protected by the law.”
The site includes some hints about how the new file-sharing system will work.
“The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly,” the site says.
“Before, we operated only a handful of storage nodes located in expensive premium data centers. Now, thanks to encryption, we can connect a large number of hosting partners around the world without worrying about privacy breaches,” it says.
Dotcom is nothing if not bold. “Mega is looking for investors,” the new site says. It says nothing about banning sharing of copyrighted material.