From 2005 to 2012, Megaupload.com and its affiliated domains were the beginning and end of all file sharing on the internet. Collectively, the “Megas” accounted for 50 million daily visits, and made countless millions of dollars in profit for their founder, Kim Dotcom.
All that came to a halt in January 2012, with the U.S. Department of Justice shutting the sites down and seizing the domains after having indicted and arrested the owners for copyright infringement.
However, Kim now considers this a “stunt.”
One year to the day of his arrest, Dotcom and company launched mega.co.nz, a one-stop cloud storage shop that aims to outdo its predecessor. The new Mega will host a variety of other related services, like Megabox (a social networking host) and Megakey (an alternative to Adblock). Mega already has more than 250,000 subscribers (most of those within its first hour of activity) and shows no sign of slowing, though servers are having some difficulty keeping up with demand.