Dotcom announced he will instead use Mega.co.nz on Twitter, stating “New Zealand will be the home of our new website: Mega.co.nz – Powered by legality and protected by the law.”
The entrepreneur’s newest venture will largely resemble the former MegaUpload wesbsite, with the exception of encrypting data before it is uploaded, so that each downloader will receive a unique key to read the file after it is downloaded. The move will put the responsibility onto the downloader rather than the service.
Megaupload was shut down in January, with the US seeking to extradite Dotcom to face copyright infringement charges. However, the New Zealand High Court ruled in June that search warrants on his mansion were invalid.
In September New Zealand Prime Minister John Key ordered an inquiry into allegations the country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) unlawfully monitored the Megaupload founder.
Mega is expected to begin operation in January 2013.