As previously reported, Kim Dotcom has launched his new filesharing service Mega on Sunday, January 20. If the first few hours of its existence are any indicator, then Mega will become a big hit since it already has over half a million registered users according to The Next Web. Mega, which is allegedly completely legal and offers up to 50 GB of free storage, has been welcomed with a bang as its founder organized a massive launch event on the forecourt of Dotcom’s mansion in Coatesville – just outside Auckland, New Zealand. The event took place one year to the minute after Dotcom’s 2012 arrest. Dotcom invited over 200 guests and media to witness the a reenactment of 2012’s police raid, with men scaling the sides of the house and a mocked-up FBI helicopter flying over the crowd. It also featured a Maori-themed musical performance. Dotcom was apprehended in a spectacular raid on his mansion following the demise of Megaupload on January 20, 2012. Dozens of police officers and helicopters swarmed Dotcom’s home. He was charged with operating a criminal enterprise that distributes intellectual property.
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