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Will Megaupload Have a Comeback?

Kim Dotcom

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom posted a tweet last Monday saying that something “Bigger. Better. Faster. 100% Safe & Unstoppable” is coming this year. Could this mean that the file-sharing and storage site will come back soon? That remains to be seen.

More About Megaupload

Last January, Megaupload was shut down after it was seized by the American and New Zealand authorities due to piracy claims. Meanwhile, Dotcom’s tweet may also refer to the users’ outrage after they lose access to their files when the website and its affiliate went down. Additionally, the Megaupload founder and its staff were arrested, with FBI calling this seizure as one of the “largest copyright criminal cases ever brought by the United States.”

The file-sharing site lets users upload any file and then share a download link with others. Due to the takedown, users were no longer able to access their personal recording, business documents, and other files, which caused the uproar.

Although the fate of Megaupload is not yet resolved, it appears that this situation became Dotcom’s inspiration to bring what he said is bigger and better.

Meet the Megabox

Other than the rumors that Megaupload might resurrect this year, Dotcom also revealed that Megabox will be coming before 2012 ends. In fact, he posted a screenshot of the Megabox site in Instagram last June. This upcoming website provides music service designed to allow artists to sell their music straight to their audience.

Megabox was first unveiled in January before his arrest. However, people presumed that it was over after the Megaupload site was taken down by the U.S. Department of Justice. Nevertheless, Dotcom revealed that the music-sharing site was still making progress in June. As he shared to Torrent Freak:

You can expect several Megabox announcements [in 2012] including exclusive deals with artists who are eager to depart from outdated business models.

With many artists already enjoying a direct bond with their fans through social media, Dotcom’s project is an enticing proposition. On the other hand, this will unlikely please the U.S. authorities, that’s why the Megaupload founder will work very carefully on putting up this service.

Since his arrest, Dotcom has repeatedly pointed out that Megaupload complied with the law regarding all the legal copyright takedown that it received. He is currently fighting extradition from New Zealand to face charges in the United States, as well as working to regain control of his business from the U.S. court.

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