In January 2012 the larger-than-life cyber pioneer and founder of the file-sharing site Megaupload Kim Dotcom was arrested with three colleagues in a dawn raid at the sprawling multi-million dollar mansion he shares with his wife and five children in Coatesville, New Zealand. Known as Operation Takedown, the swoop involved 76 armed police, special agents and helicopters. The German-born internet tycoon was subsequently charged with online piracy after film producers in the US claimed Megaupload was being used to illegally share copyrighted material. Dotcom argues that he can’t be held responsible for copyright infringement committed by others, and insists Megaupload complied with copyrights by removing links to pirated material when asked. Mr Dotcom is currently fighting extradition to the US, a process that has been held up since New Zealand authorities declared the warrants used for the arrest were invalid. One year later after the arrest Kim Dotcom is back with a new file-sharing site, Mega. He launched the new cloud service storage site at his Dotcom Mansion.

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom speaks during an interview with Reuters in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom gestures towards a camera after an interview with Reuters in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom poses for the camera after an interview with Reuters in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Workers assemble the word ”Mega” at the Dotcom Mansion in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Workers assemble the word ”Mega” at the Dotcom Mansion in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Local Maori arrive as Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Local Maori perform as Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Mona Dotcom shares a light moment with an actor in police costume, as Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Actors in police costume pose during a mock raid as Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

An actor in police costume stands guard during a mock raid as Kim Dotcom launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Mona Dotcom listens to husband Kim Dotcom as he launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

An actor in police costume mock-arrests Kim Dotcom as he launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

An actor in police costume greets Kim Dotcom as he launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS

Kim Dotcom launches Mega

Actors in police costume mock-arrest Kim Dotcom as he launches his new website ”Mega” in Auckland. NIGEL MARPLE/REUTERS