31 Jan 2013

New Dotcom site gets 150 copyright complaints

12:05 pm on 31 January 2013

Kim Dotcom's new file-sharing website has received 150 copyright complaints since it was launched less than two weeks ago.

The internet entrepreneur set up Mega.co.nz on 20 January to replace the Megaupload site he co-founded which was shut down last year for alleged internet piracy.

When the new site was launched Mr Dotcom told critics there would be a new feature to allow content owners to contact the site directly and easily to have copyright infringements removed.

His lawyer, Ira Rothken, said there have since been 150 complaints relating to 250 files.

He said that is a small number considering there the millions of files stored on the site.

Mr Rothken said most of the offending files will be taken down even though encryption technology means Mega's management cannot actually see what individual files contain.

He hopes strict sanctions under United States law for making false accusations will deter spurious complaints.