Kim Dotcom will bring Megaupload back in 2017

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Are you ready for the return of Megaupload, the popular file-sharing website that the US government shut  down almost five years ago because of accusations by the copyright industry? Well, Kim Dotcom revealed through a series of tweets that he’s preparing to reboot the infamous website in 2017.

Megaupload Ltd is a Hong Kong–based online company formed in 2005 which had many sites associated with the Megaupload name. In January 2012, the United States Department of Justice has closed down all its domains due to copyright infringement, although the company’s founder, New Zealand resident Kim Dotcom, denied all accusations.

Dotcom has continued to fight against the US government, reacting to court extradition rulings on January 19 2013 by re-launching Megaupload as Mega (mega.co.nz). He chose this date because it coincided with the one-year anniversary of Megaupload’s takedown by the FBI.

But Dotcom is not stopping here: he has big plans for next year. He will reboot the platform as Megaupload 2.0 and a few days ago, took to Twitter to surprised his followers, posting: “I can tell you that Megaupload and Bitcoin had sex. There is a pregnancy and I have a feeling that the baby will be such a joy.”

Megaupload 2.0 is expected to be released on January 20, 2017 with 100GB of free storage and on-the-fly encryption. Dotcom believes that there will be “100m users on day 1” and he added that no legacy code will be used.

The original Megaupload had over 150 million registered users and 50 million daily visitors spread across Megavideo.com, Megapix.com, Megalive.com, Megabox.com, Megabox.com and Megaporn.com. Dotcom’s second attempt at a comeback will surely be successful, but we’re hoping that this time, he won’t have problems with the American government.

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