With bombast and flair, Megaupload's successor appears

Kim Dotcom is preparing to launch his latest file-sharing project despite an ongoing criminal copyright case

By , IDG News Service |  

Also, New Zealand's government admitted one of its intelligence agencies illegally spied on Dotcom. While Dotcom holds German and Finnish passports, he is a permanent resident of New Zealand, which would have made that type of surveillance illegal.

Another issue that has yet to reach resolution is the fate of files on Megaupload's servers that did not violate copyright law. The servers, which are offline now, are held by Carpathia Hosting. One user, Kyle Goodwin, is arguing that his data should be returned.

The U.S. Department of Justice alleges Megaupload collected US$175 million in criminal proceeds, drawn from subscription revenue and advertising.

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