More than half a million people signed up for the new file sharing service by digital mastermind Kim Dotcom
called on Sunday.
His last website Mega Upload was shutdown by the FBI
precisely one year before, with claims that illegal file sharing on the service had cost copyright holders more than $500 million. The FBI later declared the shutdown "a massive success."
The new service simply called Mega
is similar to services like Dropbox, in that users can store their own files online.
But unlike Dropbox, it offers a remarkable 50GB for free - enough for many people to store their entire music collections.
While any online cloud storage site could be used to facilitate piracy, some observers believe that both the large amount of free storage and Kim Dotcom's popularity among media pirates could make it a new hotbed for illegal files.
You can upgrade Mega accounts
to store to 500GB for only 9.99 euros (13.31 dollars) per month - for many people, that's enough to backup their entire computer.
If that's not enough, you can upgrade to 2 terabytes (thats 2000GB) for 19.99 euros (26.62 dollars) or 4 terabytes for 29.99 euros (39.94 dollars).
One hour after its launch on Sunday, Kim Dotcom tweeted that it was receiving thousands of registrations per minute. Another hour later, he said it was already running at full capacity:
Mega might be attractive to media pirates, but it's also impressive to the rest of us who want to share files legitimately for home and work.
What do you make of the service? Have you tried it? Share your first impressions in the comments.