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Dotcom sweating over unpaid bills?

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Net entrepreneur Kim Dotcom plans to relaunch the Megaupload web storage system in January 2017.

The original Megaupload file-sharing site proved enormously popular and was thought to have about 50 million users a day at its peak.

It was shut down in 2012, following accusations by the US that copyright pirates made heavy use of it.

The new service would reinstate the accounts of all former users of the original Megaupload, said Mr Dotcom.

Plans for the revived Megaupload were revealed in a series of tweets by the German-born entrepreneur, who now lives in New Zealand.

He said it would be formally launched on 20 January [2017] – five years to the day since his home was raided by police investigating the “massive” amount of pirated material available via Megaupload.

Since the raid, Mr Dotcom has waged a lengthy legal battle to fight accusations that he profited from others abusing Megaupload and to recover the assets seized at the time.

He is also fighting attempts to extradite him to the US to face trial over his control of Megaupload.

Our Kim is a bit of a one-trick pony.

But, the fact he’s beating the bushes again is no coincidence. His extradition hearing is now weeks away and he’s going on his usual public charm offensive, trying to harness feelings against the system.

Sadly, for him, that will have absolutely no bearing on the way the New Zealand District Court will deal with his appeal. Luckily, for us, the day Mr Dotcom will be flying to the United States is getting nearer.

All we can hope for is that Mr Dotcom receives no special treatment. Meaning: no special chairs, no special beds, no special mattresses, no special food.




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