Kim DotCom plans to launch his new site in two days, and users will get 50GB of storage for free, the infamous entrepreneur tweeted today.
DotCom also tweeted that his lawyers are working on giving former premium users their premium statuses on the new site but that the site "can't at this time."
50GB is a huge amount of free storage right off the bat. DotCom's tweet comes a day after another cloud storage service, MediaFire, announced it would be offering 50GB of free storage. Other storage services may offer as much -- or more -- for free, but those accounts come with requirements.
DotCom's tweets also indicate that more goodies are coming with the new service. After the year he's had, he'll need those incentives to get going again.
DotCom has spent the last year battling the U.S. government over his site MegaUpload, the highest-profile service to be accused of criminal copyright violations. He was arrested on allegations of criminal copyright violation, conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud. U.S. federal officials accused DotCom of pocketing millions of dollars in illegal profits from criminal file-sharing and downloading that has reportedly cost the film industry more than $600 million in damages.
While still fighting the government in court, DotCom decided to start a new site from New Zealand, where he now resides. He claimed that he was entrapped by the U.S. government because he complied with a federal search warrant targeting five file-sharing services using MegaUpload's infrastructure in 2010, but the feds have called this claim "baseless."
#Mega will have very generous limits for free users. For example you get 50GB storage for free ;-)— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 17, 2013
I was hopeful we could give premium status to former MU premium users on #Mega. Our lawyers say we can't at this time. We're working on it.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 17, 2013