News | Megaupload’s Founder ‘@KimDotcom’ Opens New File Sharing Site | #SoPhi

by • January 21, 2013 • NewsComments (0)839

Kim Dotcom
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — At 6:48 a.m. local time Sunday, the Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom opened his new file-storage Web site to the public — one year to the minute after the police raided the mansion he rents in New Zealand.

The raid was part of a coordinated operation with the F.B.I. that also shut down Megaupload, the file-sharing business he had founded.

Mr. Dotcom faces charges in the United States of pirating copyrighted material and money laundering and is awaiting an extradition hearing in New Zealand. But on Sunday, he said his focus was on the new site, which was already straining under heavy traffic within two hours of its introduction. In the first 14 hours of the site’s operation, more than half a million people registered to use it, Mr. Dotcom said.

“This should not be seen as the mocking of any government or Hollywood,” Mr. Dotcom, 39, said on Sunday at a news conference at the Auckland mansion. “This is us being innovators and executing our right to run a business.”

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