Winning the award for both balls in the face of prosecution and total lack of creativity in naming, German-born, New Zealand-based multi-millionaire Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz has announced that the follow-up to his site Megaupload will simply be called Mega.
Dotcom earned nearly $200 million from Megaupload before the site was shut down in January. He’s currently awaiting a hearing for extradition to the US, where he would face charges of piracy – of the software kind, not the oceanic kind – as well as fraud and money laundering. Mega will launch in January of next year, just before the start of his extradition hearing. Via Business Insider:
In a snub to U.S. prosecutors, the site will not utilize U.S.-based hosting companies as partners in order to avoid being shut down by U.S. authorities.
“The new Mega will not be threatened by U.S. prosecutors,” Dotcom told Reuters in an interview, adding that he was confident Mega would avoid violating U.S. law.
“The new Mega avoids any dealings with U.S. hosters, U.S. domains and U.S. backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown,” he said.
Seriously though, he couldn’t think up a better name than just “Mega?” All the same Kim, this is for you.