Megaupload 'facts' page launched
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 9:39a.m.
Piracy-accused multi-millionaire Kim Dotcom has gone on the offensive against the United States, launching a new webpage to share information about his case.
Dotcom and three other men who worked for his Megaupload file-sharing website, Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram Van der Kolk, face copyright, racketeering and money laundering charges in the United States.
The four are on bail in New Zealand awaiting an extradition hearing set down for March next year.
Dotcom has laid out his side of the court case on his website, www.kim.com, on a page titled "10 Facts About the Megaupload Scandal".
He says the only party found to have broken the law so far is the New Zealand police, after a High Court judge ruled the search warrant used to confiscate hard drives and other material from Dotcom was illegal.
His website, similar in appearance to one that might be created to support the release of a new Hollywood movie, features the taglines: "The war for the Internet has begun", "Hollywood is in control of politics" and "The government is killing innovation".
Dotcom has taken the witness stand in the High Court at Auckland this week at a hearing into the January police raid on his Coatesville mansion which resulted in his arrest.
The hearing follows on from a ruling in late June that the search warrants used to carry out the raid were invalid.
Following his court appearance on Wednesday, Dotcom criticised the police on Twitter, writing: "After reliving the raid in the court room I am angry. So many lies. There was no justification for this! All just a big show for the US!"
"The NZ government is doing the dirty work for a handful of greedy, copyright extremist content billionaire's (sic) who need bigger yachts," he said.
Dotcom was apparently referring to Chris Dodd, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, who he has previously accused of using a friendship with US Vice-President Joe Biden to convince US President Barack Obama to take down the Megaupload website.
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8/09/2012 12:48:35 a.m.
Mathew Poole stated on publicaddress.net/hardnews/the-mega-conspiracy, 7 months ago, and he is absolutely right: "I'll point out that any extradition will not be because of the copyright issue. The Extradition Act 1999, s4(2), does not allow extradition for an offence where the maximum penalty for that offence under NZ law is less than 12 months, and s198(4)(b) of the Copyright Act 1994 provides for a maximum penalty for criminal copyright infringement (being infringement for commercial gain) of three months". Now all the other charges are reliant on or subject to this 'non-charge'. As the courts have not acknowledged this in 33 weeks I feel obliged to say it again: There are no extradition offences charged. Listen to publicaddress.net/2424 for a bit of Kiwi inspiration before figuring what to do about it. “It is self-defeating logic, just as the weapons themselves are self-defeating: to compel an ally to accept nuclear weapons against the wishes of that ally is to take the moral position of totalitarianism, which allows for no self-determination, and which is exactly the evil that we are supposed to be fighting against”.
5/09/2012 12:26:28 a.m.
Richard wrote: "Hope he sues the govt for millions. He has been treated illegally as well as disgustingly. Keys has a lot to answer for sucking up to the US" I don't think he would even waste his time, Richard. There are far more profitable ways to spend time. The Government does have a lot to answer for in that it has spent a great deal of money destroying Megaupload.com for no obvious reason. Money that could have been given to Starship or any bona fide need. If he is granted legal costs perhaps he might make up for Mr Key's poor form
10/08/2012 8:09:26 p.m.
I feel very sad about our this whole saga. We have laws that can be so easily broken. Basically people have no protection, that is what it boils down to.
9/08/2012 11:05:59 p.m.
What are the facts, Aiden? Why did you refer to Megaupload folk as "The Conspiracy"? Once I heard that term quoted in a signed legal document I thought that a judge in this country would be inclined to send for the author with his toothbrush to share a cell with Kim
9/08/2012 10:37:21 p.m.
@Poco I download a heap of movies and music from megaupload, all copyrighted material. Come on we all know it was there by the terabyte.
9/08/2012 12:34:15 p.m.
@Aiden: Total BS. What need do you have to "state" something like that?...
9/08/2012 10:21:01 a.m.
yeah it doesnt really provide facts. It is well known amongst the staff of the warez forums i used to work that people from The Conspiracy were coming into our forums and posting links to warez on their file sharing server. it's also well known that these same staff members offered premium accounts to warez forum staff on megaupload to push megaupload to other users. you got caught kim, grow up, own up and be a man about it.
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