Anti-Piracy Group Already Demanding That Kim Dotcom's New Mega Service Be Shut Down

from the but-of-course dept

This probably isn't a huge surprise, but with the launch of Kim Dotcom's new Mega cloud drive system, many in the entertainment industry have assumed that he must be relaunching Megaupload and a way to infringe. However, it seems pretty clear that Mega is quite different and mostly resembles other well known legitimate services, like Google Drive, Dropbox and Amazon's cloud offerings. Still that hasn't stopped some in the "anti-piracy" community from trying to shut down the site already:

Robert King is the lead figure behind StopFileLockers (SFL), an anti-piracy group dedicated to bringing file-hosting services to their knees by strangling their finances. Last year King claimed his group had a hand in disrupting the cash flow to hundreds of sites and actually shutting down dozens more. Now he has a very big scalp on his mind.

King, an Australian and adult industry player, says that StopFileLockers have just begun a “campaign to have the payment processing of all Mega resellers terminated.”

Apparently waiting for actual evidence of infringement, or even specific liability for Mega, is too much to ask. This is silly. While we may have doubts about how Mega is running, shutting it down without even understanding what it's about seems incredibly short-sighted. Plenty of successful legitimate companies have been built out of those who were earlier sued for "infringement." Isn't it worth at least making sure he's breaking the law before insisting he must have done so?

Filed Under: anti-piracy, cloud storage, copyright, kim dotcom, legality, robert king
Companies: mega, stopfilelockers


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    anonymouse, 24 Jan 2013 @ 11:08am

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    He actually said that he is going to destroy the business model they have at the moment, and he said he will do it legally by creating an environment where real content creators can benefit by getting 85% of all profits generated from their content. I dont think he is doing that at them moment his movie/music/tv site is where he is going to get them if they do not come to some agreement with him.

    He has managed to play on his arrest and the subsequent circus that is the evidence and illegal actions by those attacking him. He has the eyes of the world on him and as can be seen by the amount of people who signed up and the amount of traffic his site has already got i doubt he will have a problem opening a new site which is free to everyone and works by using advertising to pay content creators.

    He said he was coming for Hollywood and I suspect this MEGA site is only the first step in doing that.

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