150 copyright notices for Mega site

Last updated 11:47 31/01/2013
Kim Dotcom
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Kim Dotcom's Mega file sharing site has been stung with 150 copyright warnings, according to an international report.

Dotcom launched the new fire-sharing website on January 20 in a blaze of fireworks and publicity.

Less than two weeks later and Computerworld.com is reporting the company removed content after receiving 150 copyright infringement notices.

Ira Rothken, one of Mega and Megaupload's many attorneys, said the service has reacted promptly to copyright violations, Computerworld reported.

"Mega doesn't want folks to use its cloud storage services for infringing purposes," Rothken said.

The site allows people to store 50GB on content for free and can shared among users.

Dotcom developed Mega to avoid copyright infringement allegations that marred his previous site Megaupload.

All content has been removed after Mega received a valid notification of copyright infringement.

Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand and charged with internet piracy and associated crimes by the United States government last year.

He and his co-accused are preparing to fight an extradition hearing, set for later this year.

In a victory for the copyright industry, an offender was fined this month in the first case under the controversial Skynet anti-piracy regime.

The internet user copped a $616 fine for illegally downloading Rihanna's Man Down and Hot Chelle Rae's Tonight Tonight.

The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (Rianz), representing big record labels, has issued thousands of warnings to internet users.

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