He may be on house arrest, but Kim Dotcom will not be silenced. The embattled founder of now-seized file-sharing site Megaupload took to his Twitter account recently to give the world its first peek at his latest creation.
Dotcom and his team began working on Megabox, a new music and discovery service operating in the cloud, before Megaupload’s January shutdown on charges of piracy, and the multimillionaire techie promises music artists that it will “unchain” them by allowing them to sell their music directly to consumers while also earning money from free downloads. Dotcom has said that Megabox would compete with services like Spotify but would allow artists to keep 90% of the profits generated from their music.
He tweeted the above teaser of the service on Wednesday with the following caption:
The major Record Labels thought Megabox is dead. Artists rejoice. It is coming and it will unchain you. instagr.am/p/MHNAsPMkep/
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 20, 2012
Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand back in January as police there served a total of 10 search warrants on various homes and businesses connected with Megaupload, once the world’s most popular file sharing service, which U.S. authorities accuse of facilitating illegal downloads of music, film and other copyrighted materials. Once boasting a net worth of approximately $200 million, he remains on house arrest outside of Auckland and has had his assets frozen.