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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:58 PM

Dotcom refuses to sing a different tune

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Source: The Hindu

(AP) Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched a new file-sharing website on Sunday, promising users ramped-up privacy levels in a defiant move against the U.S. prosecutors, who accuse him of facilitating massive online piracy.

The entrepreneur unveiled the ‘Mega’ site ahead of a lavish gala and press conference at his New Zealand mansion on Sunday night, the anniversary of his arrest on racketeering charges related to his now-shuttered Megaupload file-sharing site. Megaupload, which Mr. Dotcom started in 2005, was one of the most popular sites on the Web until U.S. prosecutors shut it down, accusing Mr. Dotcom and several company officials of facilitating millions of illegal downloads.

Interest in the site was certainly high. Mr. Dotcom said half-a-million users registered for Mega in its first 14 hours.

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/dotcom-refuses-to-sing-a-different-tune/article4326374.ece



At the launch party for Mega, Mr Dotcom made light of the incident, re-enacting the raid on his mansion by New Zealand authorities with a helicopter and actors dressed as armed police.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21106584



Hm, personally I'll reserve judgment for a while ... but character and motives of Mr. Mega aside, this press conference is really something to watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iUw-YayHX9Q#t=258s

Links to all videos:

http://gizmodo.com/5977414/watch-all-of-kim-dotcoms-totally-ludicrous-mega-launch-event

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reorg Jan 2013 OP
drm604 Jan 2013 #1
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bemildred Jan 2013 #3
Franker65 Jan 2013 #4
NealK Jan 2013 #5
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Response to reorg (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 05:37 AM

1. I don't understand this man's thinking.

He's going to eventually be extradited and prosecuted in the U.S., right? So why would he add to the charges against him?

He probably believes that he can win in court because he didn't himself upload any copyrighted material and did remove links when asked, and he may be right, but he's already made 10s of millions, so why not be satisfied with that rather than risk facing even greater penalties if he is found guilty?

Is it simply greed or is he on an ideological crusade?

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Response to drm604 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:20 AM

2. It's purely greed..... he's a crook

He's been in trouble for trafficking stolen phone cards, insider trading, illegal stock manipulation, and embezzlement.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:28 AM

3. He can't travel to the USA, perhaps a few other places.

That's it.

The relevant parts:

June 28 - A New Zealand court rules that search warrants used by local police to raid the Dotcom mansion were illegal, and moves by the FBI to copy data from Dotcom's computers to take offshore were also unlawful. The court's action is seen by many as weakening the extradition case against Megaupload.

Aug. 16 - U.S. efforts to extradite Dotcom are dealt another blow as a New Zealand court rules that prosecutors must show evidence to support charges of internet piracy and copyright breaches. The judge in the case says withholding evidence from Dotcom would give Washington a significant advantage in the extradition hearing. She also rules that the document used to order his extradition was illegal.

Sept. 27 - New Zealand's Prime Minister admits that the country's spy agency illegally carried out surveillance on Dotcom, a resident of the country, despite a law which prohibits monitoring citizens and residents.


So, who are really the criminals here?

TIMELINE-Kim Dotcom's year, from Megaupload to Mega:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/19/newzealand-dotcom-idUSL6N0AL02Y20130119

Kim Dotcom’s Mega Manifesto: “Privacy Is a Basic Human Right”
http://gizmodo.com/5977402/kim-dotcoms-mega-manifesto-privacy-is-a-basic-human-right

Kim Dotcom's Mega Hits One Million Users within 24 Hours
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414529,00.asp

The Return of Kim Dotcom
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324624404578253511026556362.html

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Response to reorg (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 09:50 AM

4. What he's doing now is legal

This new site seems legit and he sounds confident that its legal. Might be successful with the amount of storage he's offering.

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Response to reorg (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 12:59 PM

5. I lost tons of important files when they shut down Megaupload.

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Response to NealK (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:37 PM

7. Me too

and it was MY INFORMATION, not anyone else's.

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Response to reorg (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 01:16 PM

6. Is he related to that guy from 30 Rock?

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