No escape from Dotcom for Key
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 6:08p.m.
By Patrick Gower
John Key spent last night at dinner with Hollywood moguls, and he's now calling film director James Cameron 'Jim’.
But despite the friendly talk, there's been no escape for Mr Key from the Kim Dotcom debacle.
Chris Dodd – who heads Hollywood lobby group the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – was also at dinner. And yes, Dodd wanted to know what was happening with its number one enemy – Dotcom.
“It did come up with Chris Dodd, in passing reference,” says Mr Key. “He mentioned the Megaupload case in New Zealand and that was really it.”
Labour MP Grant Robertson isn’t surprised.
“There's no way that John Key could've gone to America and not expected to have been talking about this,” he says.
Dotcom kept up his Twitter attacks on Mr Key and the MPAA again today, saying: "Chris Dodd and John Key are meeting in Hollywood. The puppeteer and his keynocchio."
And when someone tweeted Dotcom asking if he had any jobs going, Dotcom replied: "If you work for the MPAA you could be my whistleblower. Who wants to be a millionaire?"
There have been closed-door meetings at the big studios for Mr Key, but he says it's about jobs, not Dotcom.
“Dotcom's got absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of coming here – that's about making movies in New Zealand,” he says.
But the Dotcom debacle just won't go away. The irony here is that Dotcom got into New Zealand thanks to a National Party immigration policy which saw him invest $10 million in the country.
It’s a fair guess Mr Key and his colleagues wish that had never happened.
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8/10/2012 10:53:26 a.m.
Scariest of all though is that the Opposition are as bad if not worse. Who the hell can we vote for next election that has any integrity? The list of possibles is very empty.
7/10/2012 1:46:06 p.m.
@ Mal: 'Theft is more strongly hyperbolic, emphasizing or exaggerating the perceived harm of infringement to copyright holders who choose to utilize their copyrights for profit; it connotes a kind of loss which infringement may not actually effect, and the U.S. SUPREME COURT has even ruled that infringement does not "easily" equate with theft.' Pick your terms because you may just have accused him of aiding and abetting, of which he is charged, and the USDOJ seriously put to Judge O'Grady at the last hearing that Megaupload's US address would be at a remand prison. This is serious shit
7/10/2012 11:39:20 a.m.
I am wondering why Key ignores a large size adult man in his own back yard ... yet chases manically around after little Hobbits in another world
7/10/2012 11:11:04 a.m.
@ Raids got Helen, GCSB could get John: The raids could get John too. His Attorney General made the raid man a judge of the New Zealand High Court
7/10/2012 10:40:56 a.m.
@BARRY WARD. He didnt steal anything. He provided a service that others used, to steal.
7/10/2012 10:31:54 a.m.
Barry. The real issue is brainless persons whose version of the law, and ethics, is what you can get away with. If there were a World police I would have you arrested on 2 counts, along with Mediaworks Ltd for publishing your defamatory comments. 1) Dotcom is alleged to have infringed on copyright rights. That is a civil dispute similar to Viacom vs Google/YouTube 2) Dotcom is not a criminal. He has a clean slate. You should be sentenced to prison for up to 2 years for your slander on both counts. There are probably other applicable charges pertinent to your idea of taking away his rights. There must be, otherwise thousands of New Zealand men died in Europe to no avail.
7/10/2012 10:26:59 a.m.
@Barry Ward - Not only can they pay their way in they can become PM. Go DotCom we need this corupt PM out ASAP he is selling us all down the river. If you have a PM that lies then all the governemnt departments follow suit even the police. Lead by example and JK example is to shaft us all.
7/10/2012 8:19:17 a.m.
barry ward wrote:
The real issue is lost here, dot com made a fortune from stealing, and because police and other govt depts have made a mess of procedures, that debacle now is the news,and what damage it may cause the government. Take away his right to be here,and let him face the music in the USA. How did a convicted criminal get into NZ in the first instance? And how easy is it for rich criminals: to enter Nz.? I believe Dot com is only one of many, and our thanks to successive govts for creating such a shambles.
7/10/2012 3:35:12 a.m.
A message to John Key: The voting public in this Nation have seen and heard you on TV. The video records are clear. You lied to us. That can not be disputed. You may want to "move on" or blame your actions off on others so that they take the blame for your actions but the truth to the matter is that you lied and got caught. While you think you can "fix" your problems by apologizing to Dotcom or passing all that you have done as a "political stunt" you are not going to fancy talk your way out of the trouble that you are in now. You have legally over stepped your own IQ!......The National Party must insist that you stand down as PM because you can no longer be trusted as a credible, respected leader of this Nation. The [your] "party is over". Either stand down or we will vote you out of office in 2014.
7/10/2012 12:00:18 a.m.
Raids got Helen, GCSB could get John wrote:
Cato, for the last time, a fly-paper prime minister does not teflon make. Nobody is buying Hollywood and Key will be lucky to make it through another election.
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