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Dotcom re-enacts raid for launch party

22:46 Sun Jan 20 2013
AAP

A helicopter fly-by, men dressed as armed police officers, and dancers and singers have all heralded the launch of Kim Dotcom's new "legal" website, Mega.

The new cloud storage website went live at 6.48am on Sunday, about the same time as the dramatic police raid on his Coatesville mansion got underway a year ago. He and three others were arrested on that occasion.

To celebrate the new website's launch, Dotcom hosted about 200 invited guests and media at a party and press conference at the mansion, north of Auckland.

Dotcom, speaking from a stage constructed on the forecourt of his home, told the crowd more than one million people had visited Mega within 14 hours of the site's launch and about 500,000 people had registered as users.

"The launch of Mega is not about mocking any government of Hollywood, it is about our right to innovate and start a new business," he said.

"What we are offering is a smarter, faster and more secure way of cloud storage and we are fully assured by our legal team that we are in compliance with the law."

The press conference, which was also streamed online, included a reenactment of the police raid, with men repelling down the sides of the house and a helicopter, with FBI emblazoned on the side, flying over the crowd.

Dotcom paid tribute to the support he's received from Kiwis in the year since his arrest on copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering charges related to the file-sharing site Megaupload.

"During the past year we had great support from New Zealanders; you have reached out to us and your voices have empowered us," he said.

Dotcom and his co-accused are still awaiting a court hearing to determine whether they will be extradited to the United States.

The extradition hearing, which has been delayed several times, is expected to take four weeks and is set down for August.