Kim Dotcom assists in solving the Booker Prize novel distribution problems

Taking out the Booker Prize for Literature is an amazing feat.  It is like a Nobel Prize, a Rugby World Championship and an Olympic gold medal all in one.

So well done, Eleanor Catton, who won the Booker Prize for her epic novel The Luminaries.

As expected, winning the Prize has made getting hold of a copy of the book rather difficult.  Library waiting  lists are into the hundreds, and book shops have sold all their advanced copies.

Living in an electronic world, my immediate reaction was “Surely there isn’t a shortage of the book delivered for the Kindle, or other e-book reader?”.

A quick search of Amazon.com proved that not only was the electronic version easy to get hold of, after taking the exchange rate into account, it was also cheaper and provides you essentially immediate access.  No need to pre-order, or go on a long waiting list.

Next I wondered if the book had managed to make itself to the hands of those people that remove the encryption and digital rights management.  A bit of poking around the Internet, and it turns out it can already be obtained for free.  Instant download.  

It seems that that nice jolly German Herr Krim Dotcon has stepped up and finally helped with something instead of just giving the media wet dreams.  The new Transtasman Internet cable never happened, and neither has any money been provided to Team New Zealand to hold the staff together during the current limbo period.

But isn’t it nice to see he’s stepped up and is helping Eleanor Catton with her Booker Prize related distribution problems?  Not only is her work now widely available on the Internet – it’s also free.

What a guy!

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Of course, I did download these to see if they were the real thing.

Loaded it on the smartphone using the Kindle reader, and look at this… took me all of 4 minutes and $0.

Thanks Mr Dotcom!  You’re the man!

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In this day and age it is probably impossible to control the piracy of these sorts of things.

But to have Kim Dotcom, a cheerleader for New Zealand and his “New Zealand” company MEGA essentially provide a platform for people to distribute a fellow Kiwi’s hard work – and a Booker Prize winning one at that, well… it’s not on.

It is a clear example of why he can’t just sit there and claim no responsibility for any of it.  His MEGA service clearly aids and abets the stealing of Copyrighted works, thereby denying the artists and publishers of their well earned income.

Whaleoil contacted Luminaries publisher Victoria University Press for comment on this matter, and we hadn’t received a reply by the deadline.

  • drummerboy

    The fat German has nothing to do with this, it’s just some idiot misusing his perfectly legitimate service.

    • OhopeBeachBugger

      Correct. We might love to hate the man, but we can’t dispense with logic or be blinded by prejudice.

      • Not Mark Richardson

        Bullshit

        A legitimate service that lets you sign up with false details???

        Pull the other one

        • OhopeBeachBugger

          Well that’s a whole new ball game – having only signed up once to test the service (I don’t use it, it was on a ‘professional’ basis) I was not aware of that.

        • drummerboy

          You can sign up to anything online with false details.

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Also true.

          • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Petal

            How’s that work coming along? ;)

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Jeez don’t remind me :(

          • Not Mark Richardson

            Indeed

            And if you’re providing a service where people can share files it’s your problem

            But not when you’re a fat German liar apparently

            Can’t wait till he fucks up again

      • Never in the dark…..

        So when and why did you upload the book?

        • OhopeBeachBugger

          Don’t be silly. Frankly, I’m amazed that I’m getting downvoted. Don’t be sheeple, people!

          • Never in the dark…..

            Sheeple? I ‘downvoted’ you on the premise that you seem to be an apologist for MEGA and its proprietor.

            KD is a cretin of the first order (possibly at the same level as that smut peddler). He may claim to have changed his practice, but he’s just swapped one set of faux spots for another set. Underneath nothing has changed.

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            I’ve known about Dotcom since 2002 when he was Kim Schmitz and doing Gumball rallies. I have always considered him a vain, dishonest and entirely odious character. Be that as it may, some of the arguments against his operation are simply wrong. A noted elsewhere, the problem with his companies is not copyright infringement (this happens on YouTube ALL the time) but that he was lax in preventing it and even actively encouraged it. Should we shut down YouTube too? Should we shut down Telecom, because it’s services also aid and abet criminals?
            I despise Dotcom as much as anyone else and have done so for a lot longer, besides. Be that as it may; it shouldn’t prevent looking at the present situation with some, er, sobriety.

          • Dave

            Here is the conundrum. Files are sent over Mega, or any transmission service, for a fee.

            Those same files can be put on a USB, burnt to a disk, or a HDD, and then sent via NZPost (if still operational next month!), Fastway, Nz Couriers etc etc…… For a fee.

            Either way, the files of illegal material still arrives at the destination.

            Do we close NZ post, Fastway and every other courier /postal / freight company as well.

            No, but we can actively fight to STOP and very heavily fine those making the files available illegally and those using them.

          • John Q Public

            People pay him to download stuff that doesn’t belong to him, or them. YouTube has a great deal of copyright infringement, too, yes, but you don’t pay YouTube to watch stuff do you.

            Schmitz is coining it off others IP without sharing the profits with the legitmate rights holder.

            If he’s so legitimate, how come no producer of original content is signing up to be a part of his New Revolution.

            Why don’t people get that?

    • 4077th

      Yes I see so posting plans to manufacture explosive devices is ok so long as you don’t actually make them? There is nothing legitimate about his “service” it is the same as it was before, a means to share illegally hacked and copied software and IP. The difference this time is he thinks he has absolved himself of all responsibility for enabling the theft of afore mentioned IP.

      • drummerboy

        Look. If I want to illegally download something I will go to the pirate bay. And yes posting instructions to make explosives is perfectly legal. Mega won’t be making money from pirates they will be making money from businesses that are paying money for mass storage.

        • OhopeBeachBugger

          I do think they will be making money from pirates in much the same way that Megaupload did – and they were busted as they actively encouraged the piracy. That was their real sin. It’s akin to YouTube in some ways; a lot of people use YT to upload stuff that doesn’t belong to them, and YT has to police that. Megaupload didn’t police it, they encouraged it – because it was (and is) good for business.

          • drummerboy

            true, so how do they make money from the pirates? i have never figured it out, do the pirates pay like the businesses?

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Not sure re: pirate bay (probably make money from traffic – eyeballs, without looking into it more deeply than a wild a guess) but for megaupload, they made money by providing premium access to content, and also by charging to host the content. More of it there is, the more people pay.

        • 4077th

          The same way that I don’t pay for dropbox and am now up to 100Gb for inviting a few friends??. I get where you are coming from DB and there is a part of me that wishes the internet should be like the old days where you could wear a badge of honor for hacking and distributing software. These days I prefer to pay for my music and software and will use free tolls where I can. I will not enable Mega or other purveyors of illegitimate means and I certainly won’t be making any contribution to Fritz’s pockets any time soon. Legitimate and business are mutually exclusive terms where Mr Dotcon is concerned.

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Dropbox, like other cloud storage platforms, works on the principle that users will eventually want/need more than their free account provides, and having seen the service in action, will pay for it. There is also a potential change in billing model, where once you’re hooked, the provider will start charging. Dropbox has attracted over 100 million users this way; if it does introduce a ‘charge’ model that kicks in at, say, 200GB, it might lose 50% or more of its users. That would still deliver a hella good amount of hard cash…

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Whaleoil

      If you help a robber in any way it is a crime, an accessory after the fact…that is Kim Dotcom

      • drummerboy

        Ruger, cult, and bushmaster are not accerories to gun murder though. Now, if he advertised his service like pirate bay is advertised it would be a different story.

    • James Growley

      Surely, he must be in some way culpable of aiding and abetting as if he did not provide the facility, the piracy would be that much less?

      • drummerboy

        nope, that’s the same logic used by the left on guns.

      • andrew carrot

        Using that logic, all car manufacturers, their agents and resellers are responsible for hit-and-runs. Like psychotic drugs and guns (both of which are easily accessible yet available to all but people aren’t forced to use them), society determines the nature and extent of access to these ‘means’ to commit a crime – usually by statutory constraint. IP laws are largely arcane in the modern world because they a) require an international bureaucratic structure to give them substance, with all of the attendant diplomatic problems that entails, and b) so much IP is physically difficult to control in real time and can be shared between largely unidentifiable users who wilfully and willingly give the proverbial to the developer and property owner. Is providing the means that allows others to consciously breach copyright and patent illegal? Its a modern conundrum being addressed by an old world system that operates at glacial rather than light speed.

    • andrew carrot

      Maybe, but would the Fat German establish the legitimate service if the volume of uploaded illegal material was miniscule? He might say that its not for him to comment on the morals of his clients, but who would be his clients if this material wasn’t available? He’s a businessman afterall, and I very much doubt that his purpose for Mega is not to make money.

  • mike

    Ah I love the smell of napalm in the morning! Thanks WO, now lets see him talk his way out of this… maybe Orcon should issue him a letter of notification under the new legislation and terminate his access.

    • 4077th

      Orcon was sold recently, It would be interesting to see who the owners are given his fat mug is all over their advertising. If it turns out he is involved it will be that last nail in their coffin for me and I will be off.

  • OhopeBeachBugger

    The problem here is this. Holding Despicable He responsible for what his users do is just precisely the same thing as holding Simon Moutter responsible for every drug deal done using Telecom’s services. The telephone network has done nothing illegal. As much as we might like to say ‘Mega aids and abets’, were we to do so, we could also say ‘Telecom aids and abets.’ The service and those who provide it cannot be held responsible for the actions of its users.

    • mike

      Problem with that, anyone remember Napster? Those chaps were held accountable for the file sharing done via their site.

      • OhopeBeachBugger

        True that, but the nature of the game has changed since Napster…
        EDIT: Something else to add. The major issue with Dotcom and Megaupload was not copyright infringement, but rather that executives at the company encouraged it. Encouraging it is good for these kinds of business, after all, if we all only shared or stored our personal stuff a) we wouldn’t need much capacity and b) we would only be able to share it with so many people (after all, you wouldn’t be interested in my home movies (unless my name was Len Brown) or snaps of my fambly.

        • mike

          Well under the current legislation “The person who owns the Internet account (account holder) is liable, even if he or she wasn’t the person who broke the law”

          Which means that Mega is violating copyright law and is responsible.

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            An ‘internet account holder’ is not what Mega is or does.

          • mike

            Mega is an internet account holder, they have an internet account, they utilise the services of an ISP… therefore they fit the criteria as laid out in the bill just like any other user. Yes they also provide a service, just like other companies, but they are still required to comply with the law.

        • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Whaleoil

          Actually the porn and kiddy porn issues hasn’t yet come out

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            We wait in anticipation for when they do and trust he will be held to account on the latter issue.

          • tarkwin

            I hope he didn’t star in any of it.

          • Dave

            Len cant have starred, the producers of Porn like their movies to last longer than 2 minutes, but a “Cameo” in his retirement (next week) is possible :)

          • tarkwin

            How about “Lightning Len rides rough shod over Asian voters”? A two minute epic. Unfortunately the poor people of Auckland get the directors cut and endless sequels.

          • Len Brown

            I like noodles.

    • BJ

      But the difference – if my limited understanding serves me well – is that a drug deal organised by phone which, by default, financially benefits the telecommunications company for the actual cost of a call, whereas, Krim Dot Con gains financially while sitting on his f.t ass watching as the illegal transactions are carried out multiple times. And is his financial gain taken as a percentage of the value of the deals done on his platform, while telecom charge a set rate for the actual cost of a service (definitely not gaining by the value of the drug deal that is done)? If he benefits as a percentage take on the value of deals done on his site – then he must be held responsible for providing the platform for illegal activities surely?

      • OhopeBeachBugger

        Again, the real problem is not that he provides the platform or even that it is used for illegal activities. His pickle comes from the reality (with megaupload) that he encouraged illegal activity and didn’t take reasonable steps to prevent it. Whether or not Fatty Boomsticks still does this with Mega, I don’t know – but what I do know is that it is as much in his interests to do so as it has always been.

        • Mr_V4

          But that will be decided by the courts (as it should) He will argue that giving content owners backdoor access to the Megaupload system to delete infringing materials and also the 200Mb/file limit for the upload incentive scheme (for popular files) actively worked to limit infringing material and indeed went beyond the requirements of the DMCA.

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Agreed. Of course, they do seem to have evidence in emails between Chubster and his staffers that actively encourage what we can euphemistically call ‘file sharing’. I think it is on that that the case will hinge, if they can get his considerable ass into a courtroom.

          • Mr_V4

            Well they would have had him in the courtroom long ago if ‘Hollywood’ had sued Megaupload in a civil case, got their lawyers in a courtroom and reached a judgement or a settlement

            Instead they went for the politically lobbied-for FBI style takedown option, making prostitutes of NZ police and intelligence services in the process.

  • Toryboy

    Give him something to read at ‘Club Fed’ during his 30 year prison sentence under the RICO Act

  • GregM

    Now this really pisses me off. This is exactly why the fat c**t needs to be in jail.
    I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the gurnard to pull his head out of his arse and write a story about this.

  • Guest

    International shame on top of local shame. He must really need the money.

  • OT Richter

    I wonder what the love-struck MSM, including his biggest fanboi John ‘fuck I’m a tosser Campbell’ will have to say about this.

    Looking forward to the fat man’s lame excuses on this one.

    • OhopeBeachBugger

      Anyone else have the misfortune to stumble upon Campbell’s ‘hard hitting’ show last night? Cringeworthy doesn’t even begin to explain the fake girly giggling and hollow enthusiasm…

      • mike

        Missed it, who’s arse was he kissing this time?

        • OhopeBeachBugger

          Count yourself lucky.

          All Blacks. A whole lotta arses. I was embarrassed for him and I don’t like the ponce one little bit.

          • mike

            He must use a lot of lib balm…

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Lib balm, what a great pun, perfect slip of the tongue there aye ;-).

  • Tom

    He’ll be in orange overalls and leg-irons soon enough, don’t worry.

  • Russell

    The new Mega is just like the old Mega. A safe haven for stolen software, music, movies, kiddie porn and books. Basically you can get any piece of software you need for free.
    While our media and particularly David Fisher are happy to suck fatty German sausage all day it does not alter the fact that the fat German is the closest thing we have ever had in this country to a Bond villain.
    I look forward to him being shipped out and banged up in Leavenworth.

    • 4077th

      Spot on!

  • Dick Brown

    Ah, internet piracy….

    One man’s idea of theft is another man’s guerrilla marketing, free advertising
    and the ‘new’ try before you buy.

    The internet has changed a lot of things since its inception; piracy has
    evolved into a genuine distribution channel so the smart ones are embracing it
    and using it. [see Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones producer's comments on how piracy helped their series]

    I see no reason why this book will be any different.

    But how, Dick Brown, will anyone make money from free distribution of their
    product? We only have to look at West Auckland and NZ gaming company Grinding
    Gears. They have produced a computer game that is free to download and play; it
    is a mulitplayer action role playing game that had a subscription of 3 MILLION
    players while the game was still in beta.

    How does it work? You download the game and play it for free but you can pay for
    cosmetic changes to your character’s representation on screen [avatar]. Simple,
    that’s it. It all hinges on the human need for identity and pride; people want
    to look different and are willing to pay for it. In the words of the company’s
    CEO, this model is ‘more than profitable’.

    It helps of course if you have a fantastic product, of which Path of Exile, Game
    of Thrones, Breaking Bad and I’m sure The Luminaries will be too. That’s the
    thing, if your product is great you will get more long term gains financially
    in exposure than any short term gains you might get selling 2 thousand physical
    CDs at Victoria Market over a year.

    This is the new economy; adapt or die. Isn’t that a Universal Right Truth?

    Oh, and we are all conveniently forgetting that youtube, that everyone here uses,
    has full movies, musical albums and any number of ‘grey area’ copyright
    infringements on its books.

    My whole Ayreon collection has been ripped from youtube and I once pirated Pan’s
    Labyrinth to see what the fuss was about. I also illegally downloaded a copy of
    System Shock 2 a few years ago too.

    And that’s the sum total of my crimes. Funnily enough they encouraged me to legally buy all of Ayreon’s music [highly recommended btw], a copy of Pans Labyrinth is now proudly in my cabinet and I bought System Shock 2 for $10 from Steam when it finally became available this year.

    So,am I a criminal or a 21st century customer?

    • Gobe1

      Good post Dick. I cant help but wonder if the industry who cries the most have missed their chance to embrace the internet..

    • Agent BallSack

      I also wonder about music I have bought over the years, especially hard to source rare copies that no longer get pressed. Example; I used to own The The, Mind Bomb on CD when it first came out. Try sourcing that now! A quick trip to pirate bay and the torrent is there. I download and seed and everyone is happy, including The The, who may pick up new audience who will keep buying whatever they can find. What I am saying is that I am a firm believer if you have already bought the rights to listen to the music, you have a right as a consumer to listen to that music on any format, in perpetuity.

      • 4077th

        The The..Wow ABS here was me thinking I was one of very few who liked them. Kingdom of rain, This is he day and many more..Part of my mis-spent youth right there ABS.

      • 4077th

        Found it on iTunes, $15 for the whole album. All the other albums are there also. If you liked The The how about Yello?

        • Agent BallSack

          I dont use Apple products at the moment. Yello I will have to go remind my sensory organs. Youtube has a lot of The The these days. Tell the truth you were more likely to find me at HLAH or ACDC back in those days.

      • Mr_V4

        It’s an interesting point. If you invest $millions in research and develop a new drug that is a sucess. You have 10yrs for patent coverage, maybe a little longer if you can reformulate it to appear ‘different’ from a legal point of view. But generally that’s it. Done.
        Sing a song, or write a book (even if it is an extension of an existing work) and you get a ridiculously long copyright coverage period. Which incidentally has been extended several times owing to lobbying of US politicians.
        Something seems out fo balance here.

    • Mr_V4

      Excellent post, Whale is definitely in the past on this one. ‘Whaletech” – don’t make me laugh – stick to politics.

  • Col

    Nothing better than holding a book in ones hand, turn the pages one by one, and feel comfortable in the fact you paid for it.
    Should get one of those copters that suck up 9000litre of water in one minute and fill it with shit and dump it on his house.

    • Dave

      Hmmm all that will achieve after a day or so, is to have as much shit outside Kims house as there is inside!!

  • Dave

    Those Journo’s at the Horrid are so thick, even Strategically Dumb. They are shedding readers faster than Lens team shredded receipts from Sky City and Lens private photo collection of Bevan’s lingerie. (Warning, handle those pics with gloves and disinfectant) ABC has them as the Biggest Losers in the NZ circulation stakes for almost every reported period over the last few years (DOWN 9.66% variance to previous 12 months). Yet, they KEEP producing FICTION, and Bullshit. What amazes me, their leading writers of the fiction could have brilliant careers with Mills and Boon, yet they Hug and befriend the Criminal that will see their future work available for FREE download courtesy of Krim DotCon. According to my maths, there ain’t much reward in giving shit away, 100% of ZERO is still zero! You would think the editors and repeaters at the Herald can see past his Mega site, and realize what a huge threat he poses to their next career move writing fiction and romance at Mills & Boon.

  • John Q Public

    KDCIAFC

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