Mr Dotcom aims a load down under

Controversial web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has brushed off ongoing lawsuits and the protests of copyright holders to relaunch his file-sharing business with plans to base part of it in Australia.

Speaking to The Australian Financial Review from his New Zealand mansion on the eve of the service’s launch, Mr Dotcom said 500,000 people registered for the Mega service in under 24 hours.

The launch comes exactly one year after his original Megaupload site was shut down after a dawn helicopter raid by the Auckland police.

Mr Dotcom said the service had at least one major Australian investor and technology suppliers who were working closely on the project — via

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