(The Hosting News) – Controversial bitTorrent site Megaupload is but a memory – having been shut down by federal authorities early last year. But on Sunday, founder Kim Dotcom celebrated a new achievement, officially launching a successor in the form of “Mega,” a BBC report noted recently.
Aside from file sharing, Mega offers cloud storage. Dotcom, meanwhile, defended the website’s right to exist, comparing it to other services.
“Legally, there’s just nothing there that could be used to shut us down. This site is just as legitimate and has the right to exist as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors,” Dotcom remarked, according to the BBC.
Dotcom later noted server capacity for the new website was on “maximum load,” saying it’d already received 250 thousand user registrations.
The Megaupload founder signaled in November that the new website wouldn’t rely on infrastructure from U.S. hosting companies. Carpathia Hosting was a previous provider for Megaupload. Dotcom is also fighting extradition to the U.S. where he’s wanted for online piracy chargers. He currently maintains his home in New Zealand.