Mega Gets Its First Copyright Infringement Notices
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Kim Dotcom promised that any infringing content to be found on his newly born Mega will be removed, and that promise is already being put to the test. Furthermore, a French website called Mega-search.me is showing copyrighted content, including Django Unchained, Microsoft Office packages and a tune by Elton John, on Mega’s servers.
The content shared on Mega can be decrypted only if the user who uploaded the file(s) shares the encryption key. In other words, Mega is not able to “see” what’s being uploaded on its servers. However, Kim Dotcom made a promise, that of complying with any valid takedown request that falls under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
On Wednesday, Ira Rothken (one of Kim’s lawyers) said that Mega was responsive to notices of copyright infringement, “including assisting some in fixing incomplete or defective notices.”
“Mega doesn’t want folks to use its cloud storage services for infringing purposes,” he said in an e-mail.
He continued by saying that Kim’s file-locker service had already received 150 takedown requests from not just the United States, but also other countries.
Although Mega doesn’t feature a search engine, like Megaupload did, a French website is already offering people the chance to browse Mega; its name is Mega-search.
An attempt to establish who owns the Mega-search engine failed. However, the “whois search” showed that the website is hosted by OVH in France. Furthermore, a deep search into the portal’s network structure showed that Mega-search was making (emphasis on was) use of a San Francisco-based company – CloudFlare.
Matthew Prince (CloudFlare’s CEO) said in an e-mail:
“If they aren’t using CloudFlare now, it wasn’t because of an action on our part.”
The reason, however, could be CloudFlare’s “terms of service”, which clearly prohibit any violation of the law.
Regardless of these issues, Mega should be treated as any legitimate cloud-storage service, Kim’s lawyer said.
“Copyright extremists will usually heckle such dual-use technologies focusing on the bad uses while ignoring the socially beneficial uses,” Rothken concluded.
Although Rothken is right, the industries will surely put Mega to the test, especially with Kim still waiting for the extradition trial to be concluded.