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Campbell Live has spoken exclusively with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom in a TV world first since his arrest.
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9/01/2013 10:30:41 p.m.
It is like saying that HDD companies like Seagate and Maxtor, etc are responsible for the piracy that is sometimes placed on the hard drives.
Or like saying that internet companies are responsible for the piracy because they make a profit from the clients that use the internet to watch illegal movies.
He was a service provider and as long as he took action for every file reported then I don't find it fair to charge him of anything.
25/08/2012 8:12:52 a.m.
This is a clear case of the US government overreaching its legal and legitimate powers to make a sacrificial lamp out of Mr. Dotcom in another country. I am a US citizen and am just appauld at what has happened. This is a purely political agenda forced by the media companies in the USA. I should mention that I am 52 years old and have never downloaded an illegal copy of a music or movie, simply because I am not into this stuff. However, I completely agree with Mr. Dotcom, his position and his defense. If what has happened to him is correct, then the UPS, FedEx, and postal services should be held responsible for illegal items being shipped thru their services. This is as crazy as holding a city responsible for theft or murder happening on its streets. I certainly hope that Mr. Dotcom can defend himself against these outrageous and nonsense charges and come out of all this intact. At this point it should really be the New Zealand courts and government that should come to his aid and put a stop the US Government's bullying.
5/08/2012 10:22:40 p.m.
Maksym Kozub wrote:
While I do not know his real motivation, whether he is a crook, etc., I definitely have more sympathy for him than for The Pirate Bay's owners who keep saying things like "We do not care".
4/07/2012 2:32:06 a.m.
Nick From New York City wrote:
He's great. What a guy. Im sure he knew piracy was happening. But so did YouTube. He's exactly right. But YouTube has in fact gotten in line. (hard to find much copyrighted material there) But Kim seems to be a good person. A hacker who grew up and learned to make a lot of money.
25/06/2012 10:46:58 p.m.
@JAYNE: I have to disagree with you about postal companies. They do make profit from any mail, regardless of its content. They actualy live from it. On the other rewarding someone for popular file doesn't have to be a motivation for piracy. Drivers, independent movies , personal funny videos etc. Most popular downloads can go in cache so they could be downloaded faster. So I see sense in rewarding it (and also it is great motivation to use MU instead of RS, MF, 4Shared...). Ofcourse Kim knew its servers were used for piracy too, but he did what was possible to prevent it. Deleto option was a nice idea in that direction.
8/06/2012 9:56:30 p.m.
joel c wrote:
We may as well just get rid of the entire internet then. Urgh.
2/06/2012 10:02:50 p.m.
DAN: I agree with you that Dotcom's empire is like people sending drugs by mail. The difference is that postal companies do not profit from drugs traffiking, and have a far more stringent detection system in place than Kim's simple 'delete content'button.
The bottom line is that Megaupoload was a business, and an extremely profitable one. Dotcom made money of the files being shared on his website. The more popular a file was, the more views it received, the more moneyhe could make in user subscriptions and advertsing. In fact, Megaupload offered monetary rewards to users uploading 'popular' content.
I don't disagree with you, DAN, that file sharing may be the future of the entertainment industry. It most definitely is. But the profit being made from innovations like file sharing should be coing back to those who hold the copyright for the shared content. i.e: the artists/creators/producers.
Dotcom is an extraordinary man. He is ridiculously intelligent, and was able to use that to make an enormous about of money for delivering a service that people wanted. But that doesn't mean that his website was ethical, and legal. And we should all keep in mind that the man was smart enough to make millions out of a conceptually simple website. He is probably smart enough to defend himself on a technicality as well.
In summary: Dotcom is a very smart man. Smart make himself rich of other peoples movies, music and files; and he is definitely smart enough to fool the general public into thinking that he's the underdog, who has been wronged by that big scary organisation we call a government.
Do not let a very clever media campaign, lots of PR and media training, and a gifted team of attourneys distract you from the facts. Dotcom made money by knowingly distributing other peoples' property. END.
31/05/2012 10:47:23 a.m.
Robin Carpenter JP. wrote:
I think the CIA and America should keep there noise out of New Zealand businesses and stop thinking they own the Internet.
I like Kim Dot com and think its appalling how the New Zealand Government has obtained a search warrant and closed down this high ranking website.
Mr Dotcom in his short time in this country has donated millions of dollars to needy New Zealand People.
Lets get behind Mr Dotcom instead of some knocking him.
What an asset he is two this country.
I would love to meet him some day with his knowledge of internet software he could help so many of us.
I'm sure that if the prime Minister, Mr John key had been informed of what was happening to Kim Dotkom and his New Zealand Business, he would not let this happen to a New Zealand resident, or a New Zealand company.
The prime minister Me Key being the head of the SIS in New Zealand, why was he not informed until the day before the police arrested him and removed the company's assets.
The courts are slowly giving the personal and company's assets back to Mr Dotcom
I feel that they know they made a blunder.
This is past a joke, what New Zealand Company will be next the Americans will wreck?.
Give him his computers back and remove all court proceedings and lets keep to New Zealand law, Not what the CIA in America thinks.
let Mr Dotcom get on and run his business the way he wants to run it and let him be like all other New Zealand Business people,
Tell the Americans to run there own country and stop trying to own the Internet it not theirs to own or to decide what is there Copyright.
God help us if this is what we have two look forward to in the future days of doing business in New Zealand.
Robin Carpenter. JP
17/05/2012 6:26:47 p.m.
We had a Juke box in our hotel with all the latest music (which we paid for ourselves) One day we got a visit from a clown telling us we could not play that music in our bar because we were breaching copyright. Im the wrong person to argue with. He didnt come back again after that visit.
15/05/2012 4:28:54 a.m.
First of all you do have a great justice system there in New Zealand where people can get sent to jail without a trial and without a hearing and where a huge company can get wiped out without a hearing or trial.Other people all around the world follow this and this is not a great advertising for your country.JAYNE wrote: "He may not have breached the copyright himself - but he did knowingly enable it."The post office is also knowingly enable people to send drugs with the mail.Why aren't they sued for being a drug courier?The point of the whole topic is that the music and movie companies are still living in the stone age and still haven't realised that there is something called the internet.Steve Jobs recognised it early and opened the iTunes store which offers MP3 downloads.It reminds me of the postal service.The email came around and instead of getting into the email business they prefered to stay in the past.Now that less and less people send letters they complain about their losses.Typical case of managers who have no idea of the new technology.Why don't the movie and music companies offer a media flatrate for example.Say you pay 25 $ a month and can watch as many movies as you want and listen to as many songs as you want?And the money would be distributed to those whose videos you watched or whose music you listened to.Most people would pay this and the music and movie companies would earn more than ever before.But these retarded people think that people will be buying CDs and DVDs forever not realising that these times are pretty much over.The only people who still buy CDs or DVDs are those with age 40+ but sooner or later these people will die and there are not enough buyers left to support the system.Also thanks to Federal Reserve money fraud system generated inflation people have less and less money in their pockets and just aren't willing or even aren't able to pay 25 $ for a DVD anymore.
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