It's been over six months since Megaupload was shut down by the feds for charges of criminal copyright infringement. Since then, Kim Dotcom has been fighting court cases in New Zealand and the U.S. He's also been working on a revival of Megaupload in his spare time. That revival may be happening sooner than later.
Over the weekend, Dotcom tweeted out a few more details on the current status of the new Megaupload. If he is to be believed, we could be looking at the launch of a new Megaupload before the end of the year.
Quick update on the new Mega: Code 90% done. Servers on the way. Lawyers, Partners & Investors ready. Be patient. It's coming.
If you recall, Dotcom has already detailed the new Megaupload. He revealed that his team is working on what he calls the Mega API. It will allow anybody who owns servers outside of the U.S. to connect and contribute to a new global network. He also promises that the new Megaupload will offer one-click encryption for all file transfers.
There has been no response from the U.S. yet over the potential revival of Megaupload. Even if they did say something, they wouldn't be able to do anything about it. The U.S. government was only able to go after Megaupload the first time because a few servers were on U.S. soil. Dotcom is not allowing a single U.S. host to connect to the new service.
We still don't know when the new Megaupload will launch, but it can't be too far off. We still haven't heard anything about the new music service, Megabox, either. We'll keep you updated on when Dotcom makes any more announcements in regards to these services. The blowback from the copyright industry is sure to be immense, hilarious or both.[h/t: TorrentFreak]