Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, may have received an official apology from New Zealand Prime minister after New Zealand’s secret services illegally spied on him, but his ambitions for revenge are undimmed. His tool: a new version of Megaupload, shut down last January, reportedly launching before the end of the year.
Indeed, the code of the new version of Megaupload is said to be almost done. Kim Dotcom announced in a crystal-clear tweet on September 23rd : “Quick update on the new Mega: Code 90% done. Servers on the way. Lawyers, Partners & Investors ready. Be patient. It’s coming,” he said.
According to TorrentFreak, a news website specialized in the filesharing industry, the new Megaupload could see the light of day before the end of the year. Kim Dotcom also dropped hints regarding some characteristics of the new version.
The website should be better and bigger, according to Dotcom. “We are building a massive global network. All non-US hosters will be able to connect servers & bandwidth” he told TorrentFreak.
The new Megaupload may also have a broader range of functions than just file-sharing, as Dotcom has been looking for partners in email, VOIP and video app technologies. The new version is highly anticipated; before it was shut down, Megaupload received up to 50 million visits a day.
Megabox, the ultimate anti-music label weapon?
The new Megaupload is not the only project Dotcom plans to launch in the near future. He revealed on September 26th a video trailer introducing Megabox, a new kind of online platform to sell and download music.
According to TorrentFreak, the goal of this site is to distribute free music online and pay artists with ad revenue. The Megabox subscribers will have to install an app that replaces ads visible on webpages by ads from Megabox. The subscribers who don’t install the app may use Megabox to purchase music normally.
This system, Kim Dotcom says, will allow fairer and more direct rewards for artists than the model set up by music labels. “These new solutions will allow content creators to keep 90% of all earnings and generate significant income from the untapped market of free downloads,” Dotcom said.
Despite all these projects, Mr. Dotcom still faces possible extradition to the United States in March 2013 when a New Zeland court will judge his case.