Kim Dotcom, the quixotic millionaire founder of file-sharing service Megaupload who’s wanted for extradition to the U.S., returned to Twitter this week to prove to the world he’s still creating new platforms despite his entanglements with law enforcement.
Dotcom also used the new account to announce that “Megabox,” a new music discovery and sharing service, is still on its way despite his still being under arrest. He’s previously said that Megabox, which would compete with similar platforms such as Spotify, would let artists keep almost 90% of the profits made from their music.
Dotcom, arrested in New Zealand after file-sharing service Megaupload was brought down on charges of computer piracy in January, has also been using the reactivated Twitter account (@kimdotcom) mostly to post photos and thank supporters during his ongoing extradition hearing. In true Dotcom style, he’s also been poking fun at his situation, tweeting jokes about the FBI and police.
He’s also met with Apple founder Steve Wozniak, who visited him in New Zealand.
Dotcom’s assets have been frozen and he remains under house arrest in New Zealand while a court weighs the American extradition request. U.S. law enforcement officials have accused Dotcom and his staff of being a part of the “Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale.”
The fate of the data still stored on Megaupload’s servers is still unknown. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the files, which the EFF argues that the site’s users have a right to access.