One of the highlights of yesterday’s Copyright & Technology conference in London was an interview with Vikram Kumar, the CEO of Kim Dotcom’s cyberlocker service Mega. He was unsurprisingly keen to slap down suggestions that it’s a piracy haven, preferring instead to stress its appeal to “professionals: accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, architects… These are people that want to use the internet, are concerned that their confidential client information may get compromised, and who are willing to pay for security and privacy online”. Kumar also said Mega is receiving just 100 takedown notices a day, comparing this with YouTube’s 15m monthly DMCA notices, and stressed that Mega will take action when it sees external sites promising to act as search indexes to copyright content stored on its servers. “Let’s be quite clear: Mega doesn’t want that happening. We don’t think search indexes or anything that encourages copyright infringement or illegal use of the service should exist,” he said. “We don’t want those websites out there, and to the extent that we can do anything about it, if they’re using ‘Mega’ in a way that conveys the impression to people that it’s linked to the company, we are able to take action either for trademark violation, passing off or fraud.”

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