Megaupload boss plans music service

2012-08-15 09:01

Wellington - Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has announced plans to launch a new online music venture this year as he prepares to fight a US attempt to extradite him from New Zealand to face online piracy charges.

Dotcom's original plans for the service, called Megabox, were disrupted in January when New Zealand police arrested him after raiding his Auckland mansion as part of a major US investigation into alleged copyright theft.

The 38-year old, who is free on bail, took to Twitter this week to say that Megabox was back on the drawing board and would launch in 2012.

"Yes... Megabox is also coming this year," he told his 110 000 followers on the micro-blogging site, promising the service would be "Bigger. Better. Faster. 100% safe & unstoppable."

Dotcom did not reveal a specific launch date or details of how the service would work.

He told technology website last December that Megabox would allow artists keep 90% of earnings from their songs by letting them sell directly to consumers, bypassing record labels.

The German national is due to face a court hearing in March 2013 which will determine if US authorities can extradite him and three co-accused on charges of money laundering, racketeering, fraud and online copyright theft.

He faces up to 20 years jail if convicted in a US court.

Dotcom, who changed his name from Kim Schmitz, has denied the charges and tweeted as recently as Tuesday that he was not guilty.

The FBI and US Justice Department allege Megaupload sites netted more than $175m in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners more than $500m by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other content.

  • JohanCduToit - 2012-08-15 10:10

    Scumbag pirate. Hope to see his fat ass in jail.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-15 13:24

    I know downloading is (supposed to be) wrong and all but honestly, it's made me buy music a lot by exposing me to artists. I've even bought a CDs of albums I'd previously downloaded when I found them really good so that I could add them to my collection. It's not totally the evil it's painted out to be.

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-15 14:14

      I know raping is (supposed to be) wrong and all but honestly, it's made me pay for it a lot by exposing me to different girls. I've even married a girl I'd previously raped when I found her really good, just so that I could have her forever. It's not totally the evil it's painted out to be.

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