Notorious cloud storage and file sharing website Megaupload may make a comeback early next year: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced on Twitter in recent days that he plans to relaunch the site on January 20th 2017, which happens to be the fifth anniversary of the police raid that took down the original Megaupload.com.
Dotcom plans to rebuild the site from the ground up, and promised users 100 GB of free storage as well as file encryption. “Obviously Megaupload 2.0 will not host servers in the United States or use domains under US control,” he explained on Twitter.
The newborn Megaupload will also feature some sort of Bitcon integration, but it’s still unclear how that will look like. Dotcom promised to reveal additional details, including “big announcements” from launch partners, for the coming weeks.
However, he already let one surprising detail slip: The new site will make use of the original Megaupload.com user database, which consisted of some 100 million registered users. Each of these users will receive a free premium account, according to Dotcom.
The Germany-born tech entrepreneur has at the center of copyright lawsuits over the original file sharing website for years, and is currently battling efforts to extradite him to the United States. Since the shut-down, Dotcom was also involved in the launch of New Zealand-based file storage site Mega.nz, but has since parted ways with the venture.