MEGAUPLOAD founder and piracy accused Kim Dotcom has tweeted plans to launch a new online music venture.
The 38-year-old has also hinted at a sequel to the file-sharing site that led to online piracy charges.
Dotcom’s original plans for the music service, called Megabox, were disrupted in January when police raided his Coatesville mansion in New Zealand and arrested him as part of a major US investigation into alleged copyright theft.
Dotcom, who is free on bail, said on Twitter that Megabox was back on track and would launch in 2012.
“Yes… Megabox is also coming this year,” he tweeted to 110,000 followers.
In an earlier tweet he said: “I know what you are all waiting for. It’s coming. This year. Promise. Bigger. Better. Faster. 100% Safe & Unstoppable.”
Dotcom didn’t specify a launch date or details of how the planned Megabox music service would work.
He’s due to face a court hearing in March next year which will determine if US authorities can extradite him and three co-accused on charges of money laundering, racketeering, fraud and online copyright theft.
He faces up to 20 years jail if convicted in a US court.
No bail conditions limited online activities or stopped him from launching new internet ventures, but any Megaupload revamp is likely to have stringent copyright protections to prevent legal issues.