Megaupload file-sharing site returns to life

Megaupload (50 million visitors a day) was shut down by police & founder faces possible jail in US, but new site using complete privacy strategy to survive.

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Kim Dotcom says 500,000 sign up for new service

By Michael Bradley (AFP)

AUCKLAND — Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom hailed a "massive" response Sunday to his new file-sharing service with half a million users registering within hours, a year after his arrest in the world's biggest online piracy case.

The mega.co.nz website, which replaces the outlawed Megaupload, went live at dawn ahead of a lavish evening party at the New Zealand-based Internet tycoon's Auckland mansion, on the anniversary of the armed police raid that saw him arrested and the site shuttered.

The 38-year-old German national, who changed his name from Kim Schmitz, is now on bail as US authorities seek his extradition on a range of charges including money laundering, racketeering and copyright theft.

Dotcom hopes the new venture will repeat the success of Megaupload, which boasted 50 million visitors daily, and initial demand triggered overloads that caused long delays in accessing the site.

Despite the disruptions, Dotcom claimed one million visitors to the site in the first 14 hours and more than 500,000 registered users.

"Mega is going to be huge and nothing will stop Mega," he told journalists after earlier targeting US President Barack Obama when he launched Mega with the tweet: "As of this minute one year ago Megaupload was destroyed by the US government. Welcome to Mega.co.nz."

His lawyer Ira Rothken said they were satisfied the new service was legal and Dotcom believed it was the "most legally scrutinised start-up" ever, insisting it would be a torch bearer for online privacy.  

The website offers offers cloud storage with state-of-the-art encryption to ensure only users, not the site administrators, know what they are uploading.

That would theoretically stop authorities from accusing administrators of knowingly aiding online piracy, the central allegation facing Dotcom in the Megaupload case.

"By using Mega, you say no to those who want to know everything about you. By using mega, you say no to governments that want to spy on you," he said.

Despite the system overloads, Dotcom expressed delight with the rollout, tweeting within an hour of the launch that there were already 100,000 users registered in possibly the "fastest growing start-up in Internet history ."

An hour later, with 250,000 registrations, he said: "Site is still overloaded. Massive demand. Incredible." He said server capacity was on maximum load and that access should improve when the "initial frenzy is over." 

Users took to Twitter to complain of difficulties in registering.

"I can't even sign up, it's jammed," one potential user tweeted. "I can't get to the site," added another. 

At the launch party, which included a re-enactment of the raid a year ago including actors dressed as police commandos and circling helicopters tagged with the letters "FBI", Dotcom said the site's access issues were being addressed.

"We had a lot of users interested in the site, we've stabilised everything now," he said

New Zealand Internet consultant Steve Simms said the problems appeared to be linked to delays in servers being updated to recognise the site certificate, as well as the overwhelming number of visitors seeking to sign up.

Dotcom, who has a reputation as a showman, was dressed for the launch in the same attire he was on the day of the raid, and said he still felt resentment at the way he was treated.

Yes, of course. We didn't expect it at all and felt it was extremely unfair. 220 people lost their jobs overnight.

US authorities allege Megaupload sites netted more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners more than $500 million by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows, music and other content.

Dotcom denies the charges, which carry jail terms of up to 20 years.

While on bail in New Zealand, his legal team have enjoyed a number of successes challenging the prosecution case, including a ruling that the police raid was illegal and a government admission that Dotcom was illegally spied upon before his arrest.

His extradition hearing is due to be heard in August.

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Internet File-sharing Service Vocabulary

Megaupload - a file-sharing website company based in Hong Kong created in 2005:  "the sites associated with Megaupload were shut down by the United States Department of Justice on 19 January 2012, following the arrests of the owners fo operating as an organization dedicated to copyright infringement. HK$330 million (approximately US$42 million) worth of assets were frozen by the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong" (See Wikipedia)

Mega - the new redesigned website replacing MegaUpload discussed in the article above (See Website & Wikipedia)

file-sharing service - a website where people upload files to share and people download files they want or need; also called a "file hosting service" (See Wikipedia)

Kim Dotcom -
a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur, currently living in New Zealand, rose to fame in Germany in the 1990s as a teenage internet tycoon, but was subsequently convicted of insider trading and embezzlement. He is the founder of Megaupload and its associated websites" (See Wikipedia)

founder - a person who starts an institution, business, or organization ผู้ก่อตั้ง
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

sign up - record your name somewhere in order to get something
sign up for new service
Kim Dotcom says 500,000 sign up for new service

massive - very large in size, amount or numberใหญ่โต
massive response

hailed - said publicly how good something is; praised โห่ร้องสนับสนุน
hailed a massive response

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom hailed a "massive" response Sunday to his new file-sharing service

registering

half a million users registering within hours

online - connected to the internet
piracy - the act of copying and selling illegal copies การละเมิดลิขสิทธิ์
online piracy case
a year after his arrest in the world's biggest online piracy case.

outlawed - something that has been made or declared illegal by a government 
The mega.co.nz website will replace the outlawed Megaupload

lavish - more than enough, especially if expensive ฟุ่มเฟือย
lavish evening party

went live - to start operating so that users or customers can start using it
website went live

the new website went live at dawn ahead of a lavish evening party

tycoon -
a very rich business person
Internet tycoon

mansion - a large house, especially a beautiful one คฤหาสน์
the New Zealand-based Internet tycoon's Auckland mansion

armed - carrying a weapon ติดอาวุธ
raid - when police enter a building suddenly with force, looking for criminals เข้าบุก ใช้กำลังเข้าค้นสถานที่หรือ จับกุมคนร้าย
armed police raid

site - 1. website; 2. a place where something is located สถานท
ี่ shutter - close
saw the site shuttered

anniversary - a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you วันครบรอบ
on the anniversary of the armed police raid that saw him arrested and the site shuttered

national - a citizen of a particular country ประชาชน
German national

bail - money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว (See Wikipedia)
on bail

authorities - government officials; the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)

extradition - to send someone accused of a crime back to the country where the crime was committed for trial or punishment การส่งผู้ร้ายข้ามแดน ถูกเนรเทศ การส่งตัวผู้ร้ายกลับประเทศเพื่อดำเนินการทางศาล
seek extradition

range
- a number of different things that are of the same general type ขอบข่าย, ประเภท
charges - bring a criminal case against a person
range of charges

money laundering - the crime of hiding money that comes from illegal sources such as breaking the law (See Wikipedia)
racketeering
- the crime of running a business engaged in activities that break the law, organized crime (See Wikipedia and Definition)

copyright
- the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph or piece of music ลิขสิทธิ์ (See Wikipedia)
theft - (the act of) dishonestly taking something which belongs to someone else and keeping it การลักขโมย
copyright theft

US authorities seek his extradition on a range of charges including money laundering, racketeering and copyright theft

venture - a new activity, usually in business, which involves risk or uncertainty ธุริกิจเสี่ยงแต่สามารถทำกำไรได้
hopes the new venture will repeat the success of Megaupload

boasted - say they have or have done something very great
Megaupload, which boasted 50 million visitors daily

initial - early; first; happening at the beginning of a process ในเบื้องต้น
demand - people or consumers wanting to buy goods and services ความต้องการ
initial demand - people wanting to buy a product at the very beginning

triggered - caused
overload - when there is too much work to do so it takes longer to finish the work
triggered overloads

accessing - getting to and using the web site on the internet
accessing the site

delay -
when it takes longer than normal to finish or do something
long delays in accessing the site
initial demand triggered overloads that caused long delays in accessing the site

disruption - stopping some activity from happening

registered
- officially recorded and given permission to do something
registered users

Despite the disruptions, Dotcom claimed one million visitors to the site in the first 14 hours and more than 500,000 registered users.

huge - very big, very large
nothing will stop them

Mega is going to be huge and nothing will stop Mega

targeting - aiming an attack or criticism against someone; trying to have an effect on a particular group of people เล็งไปที่

launched
- began เริ่ม started เริ่มต้นดำเนินการ
launch Mega with a tweet

he told journalists after earlier targeting US President Barack Obama when he launched Mega with a tweet: "As of this minute one year ago Megaupload was destroyed by the US government. Welcome to Mega.co.nz."

scrutinised - look at and examine carefully, looking for problems or flaws ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
legally scrutinised - look closelyto see if a business or some activity is legal
most legally scrutinised start-up ever

torch - a piece of wood or a long container with a flame at one end คบเพลิง
torch bearer - one of the first people working for something to happen in the future
it would be a torch bearer for

privacy - the freedom to do things without other people watching you or knowing what you are doing ความเป็นส่วนตัว
online privacy

insisting - keeping saying very firmly that something is true, even when other people will not believe you ยืนกราน
insisting it would be a torch bearer for online privacy.  

His lawyer Ira Rothken said they were satisfied the new service was legal and Dotcom believed it was the "most legally scrutinised start-up" ever, insisting it would be a torch bearer for online privacy.  

storage - the putting and keeping of things in a special place for use in the future การเก็บ
cloud storage - (See Wikipedia)

encryption - making data so that people from the outside can read it (See Wikipedia)

state-of-the-art - using advanced technology (latest, technology, most recent technology)
state-of-the-art encryption

users - people who go to a website and use a website
site administrators -
people who manage the webstie (keep website operating)

ensure - to make certain that something happens or is done รับรอง ให้ความมั่นใจ ให้การยืนยัน

The website offers offers cloud storage with state-of-the-art encryption to ensure only users, not the site administrators, know what they are uploading.

knowingly - to do something and know that you are doing it (not an accident)
aiding -
helping
knowingly aiding online piracy

central - the most important
allegation - a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved ข้อกล่าวหา

central allegation

the central allegation facing Dotcom in the Megaupload case.

theory (noun) - an idea (about how something works, not a description of how it actually works)
theoretically - how people believe something works or will happen in the future

That would theoretically stop authorities from accusing administrators of knowingly aiding online piracy, the central allegation facing Dotcom in the Megaupload case.

spy - a person who secretly collects and reports information about the activities of another country or organisation สายลับ, สายสืบ

By using mega, you say no to governments that want to spy on you

overload -
when there is too much work to do or handle
system overloads

delight - a feeling of great happiness and pleasure and satisfaction ความปลื้มปิติ ความปิติยินดี, ความสุขใจ, ความดีใจ
express delight

the rollout - introducing a new product

Despite the system overloads, Dotcom expressed delight with the rollout

launch - an event to celebrate or introduce something new การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า

meeting within an hour of the launch that there were already 100,000 users registered in possibly the "fastest growing start-up in Internet history ."

An hour later, with 250,000 registrations, he said: "Site is still overloaded. Massive demand. Incredible."

capacity - the greatest amount of work that can be done (or traffic that can be handled) ความสามารถ (ความจุ) ในการจัดการ

maximum
- the most possible ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
maximum load

load - to put a lot of things into a vehicle or machine ใส่,บรรจุ
access - the ability to get something;  the right or opportunity to have or use something ได้รับสิทธิ์หรือโอกาสในการใช้
access should improve

initial - at first, to start with, to begin with
frenzy - acting in a crazy way ความตื่นเต้นมาก, ความบ้าคลั่ง 
initial frenzy

improve - to get better ดีขึ้น
should improve when the "initial frenzy is over." 

He said server capacity was on maximum load and that access should improve when the "initial frenzy is over." 

registering 
Users took to Twitter to complain of difficulties in registering.

potential - possible ความเป็นไปได้
user - a person who is "using" a website
potential user - a person who may use a website in the the future

jammed
- to become very crowded with people or things แน่นขนัด

"I can't even sign up, it's jammed," one potential user tweeted. "I can't get to the site," added another. 

launch party - a party to celebrate when a company starts to sell a product

enactment - to act something out; to do something again with actors (not the real people) that happened in the past
re-enactment - act it out again
re-enactment of the raid a year ago

commando - a special group of soldiers that do quick attacks against things สมาชิกของหน่วยจู่โจม
police commandos
actors dressed as police commandos

issues - an important subect that people are discussing and debating about   ประเด็น
address issues - try to solve issues or problems

site access issues
the site's access issues were being addressed.

At the launch party, which included a re-enactment of the raid a year ago including actors dressed as police commandos and circling helicopters tagged with the letters "FBI", Dotcom said the site's access issues were being addressed.

stabilised - when things are operating smoothly (no big problems or events that cause problems)
"We had a lot of users interested in the site, we've stabilised everything now," he said

certificate
- an official document or record stating that particular facts are true ประกาศนียบัตร เกียรติบัตร
site certificate - a computer file that identifies what something is (so people can feel safe interacting with it) (See Wikipedia)

recognise - to know and remember what something is จำได้ รู้จัก เป็นที่ยอมรับโดยทั่วกัน
recognise the site certificate

linked - connected เชื่อมโยง เกี่ยวกับ
the problems appeared to be linked to delays in servers being updated to recognise the site certificate

overwhelming -
too much, a large very amount that is far too much
the overwhelming number of visitors seeking to sign up.

reputation - the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is (for example, a reputation among his friends for working quickly) ชื่อเสียง  ความนับหน้าถือตา  ที่เป็นที่รู้จัก
has a reputation as a showman

attire -
clothes
dressed for the launch in the same attire he was on the day of the raid

resentment - a feeling of anger because you have been forced to accept someone or something that you do not like ความไม่พอใจ
he still felt resentment at the way he was treated.

Dotcom, who has a reputation as a showman, was dressed for the launch in the same attire he was on the day of the raid, and said he still felt resentment at the way he was treated.

allege - to say that something is true or that someone has done something wrong, even though this has not been proved กล่าวหา
US authorities allege Megaupload sites netted more than $175 million in criminal proceeds

copyright

copyright owners
cost copyright owners more than $500 million

pirated - illegally copied ละเมิดลิขสิทธิ์
content - the stories and pictures inside a newspaper, website or other form of media เนื้อหา 
offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows, music and other content.

Dotcom denies the charges, which carry jail terms of up to 20 years.

challenging - difficult, in a way that tests your ability or determination ที่ท้าทายความสามารถ
prosecution - the person or organisation that tries to prove in court that someone has committed a crime อัยการ
challenging the prosecution case

ruling - a decision by a court of law คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
illegal - against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
a ruling that the police raid was illegal

admission
- saying that you accept something as true (that is difficult to accept)
a government admission that Dotcom was illegally spied upon before his arrest.

While on bail in New Zealand, his legal team have enjoyed a number of successes challenging the prosecution case, including a ruling that the police raid was illegal and a government admission that Dotcom was illegally spied upon before his arrest.

extradition - the legal process of sending a person out of a country to another country to be tried for a crime
hearing -
a meeting in which a legal case is heard and a legal decision is made

extradition hearing
His extradition hearing is due to be heard in August.

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