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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Feb 20, 2013

File-sharing website Mega has received 150 copyright infringement warnings since its recent launch as founder Kim Dotcom grows a new business while under indictment by U.S. prosecutors for his file sharing website Megaupload.

Mega, launched on January 20, 2013, allows users to store 50 GB of encrypted files for free. The content can be shared between users by sharing a link to it; the content can be decrypted if a user also shares the encryption code.

Mega was created with a specific intent to avoid the same copyright infringement allegations that brought down Megaupload, which was shut down just over a year ago. Because the uploaded content is encrypted, Mega has no knowledge of the content on the files stored. Mega will remove links that have received a copyright infringement notice from a reputable source.

Ira P. Rothken, one of Mega’s many attorneys has said that the service has reacted promptly to notices of copyright violation. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act U.S. service providers may receive notifications of copyright infringement. If a claim is valid, the service provider is required to remove or block the copyright content.

Many countries including the United States have “safe harbor” provisions which shield the providers from liability as long as the copyrighted content is removed.

Unlike Megaupload, Mega does not feature a search function. However, 3rd party sites are already being created such as mega-search.me which will organize mega’s content and allow it to be searched.

Kim Dotcom the founder of Megaupload and Mega was arrested in New Zealand last year. He was charged with internet piracy and related crimes. Dotcom and the co-accused are currently preparing to fight an extradition hearing, set for later this year.