Mega is a “thinly veiled appearance of a legitimate cloud hosting service.”
With the recently inaugurated Mega.com, Kim Dotcom’s new cloud storage site is already being actively targeted by anti-piracy groups to stop it from becoming what it’s predecessor, MegaUpload had become. As Torrent Freak reports, Rovert King of Stop File Lockers has started a campaign, “to have the payment processing of all Mega resellers terminated.”
Stop File Lockers is an anti-piracy group who’s purpose is to stop file-hosting services suspected of having content that infringes upon copyrights; their latest victim being hotfile whose Paypal account is now terminated. In the case of Mega, the site uses other resellers to manage payments. So even though PayPal isn’t directly working with Mega, this campaign is aimed at the, “couple of Mega resellers [which] have PayPal and they are being terminated,” said King.
Due to the nature of its encryption, Mega cannot proactively search through uploaded files to see if the content is copyrighted or not, thus PayPal isn’t dealing with the site. “Given the site lacks many of these safety features,” said King, “We believe that Mega is no different to various other file locker services which have had various payment services canceled or suspended.”
“We haven’t and wont go after legitimate services like Dropbox – however from its inception the new Mega was never intended to be a legitimate cloud storage service as it has all the fundamental qualities of an infringing file locker service, the only thing missing at this stage is an affiliate program,” King adds.
How quickly this spirals out of control remains to be seen, since PayPal potentially sources millions of dollars to the various resellers Mega is affiliated with, an cutting off funding in this way essentially means Mega could fall face down before it even starts to be run properly.