After launching Mega in one of the strangest technology press conferences to date, it looks like the site is already target of anti-piracy groups that want it shut down.
Robert King, who is affiliated with the adult industry, is also behind an anti-piracy group called StopFileLockers. Just how do they stop file lockers? By strangling their finances. King says that they’ve already shut down hundreds of sites by disrupting their cash flow — and Mega seems to be his next target.
King has begun a “campaign to have the payment processing of all Mega resellers terminated.” He also says that “Mega itself does not process payments because nobody would process payments for it.” TorrentFreak notes that Mega’s current selection of resellers include a number of reputable companies, specifically domain resgistrar’s Instra, Euro DNS and Digiweb. If the cash flow of these companies were interrupted like King said they’d be, that would mean potentially severe damages to their core businesses.
Apparently King didn’t believe any of Dotcom’s speeches of abiding by all laws and putting privacy and freedom at the forefront of Mega either: “We haven’t and wont go after legitimate services like Dropbox – however from its inception the new Mega was never intended to be a legitimate cloud storage service as it has all the fundamental qualities of an infringing file locker service, the only thing missing at this stage is an affiliate program,” according to King.
Interestingly, King says that there are currently no features in place for rights holders to gain access and remove files, as well no way of using technology to match files to detect copyrighted content. This is most likely due to all the privacy features Dotcom has been pushing. King then says that they’ve already detected hundreds of copyright infringing material being shared by mega. But when TorrentFreak asked for evidence, he said that “data would be released in due course.”
Sounds like we’re gonna be hearing from Kim Dotcom again pretty soon.