Dotcom back on the net

NZ Herald

Kim Dotcom has been allowed back on the net. I have a feeling that Kim Dotcom is never going to be extradited, that he has plenty of evidence that is going to seriously embarrass the movie studios and recording studios and his case will lead to a worldwide revolt against their insistence at maintaining through legal coercion an old fashioned business model.

What I want to know is when US authorities are going to move against Yousendit and other similar systems that operate in exactly the same way?

Megaupload millionaire Kim Dotcom has been granted access to the internet, a swim every day and the chance to finish recording an album.

Dotcom and his three co-accused appeared in North Shore District Court this morning, all seeking variations to their bail conditions.

Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, was arrested and locked up pending extradition to the United States after a police raid on January 20.

The 38-year-old and his associates, Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato, are accused of breaching international copyright laws to the value of US$500 million.


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  • Tristanb

    I’d like to see them move against iCloud. Somehow I don’t think they’ll have the balls.

    I think NZ’s police/politicians involved have made a big mistake with this. They were spooked and excited by the FBI’s description of this guy’s “$500 million” crimes, and listened blindly when they were told to use every single police officer in the country to arrest him.

    What they failed to account for (and everyone who knows Americans is aware of this) is the propensity of Americans to bullshit and exaggerate like anything. I can just imagine the accent of the douchebag on the phone to the computer-illiterate NZ cop:

    “Man, this is BIG. You know, this is going to be one of the BIGGEST BUSTS OF THE DECADE. This guy, he’s a kingping. He’s made BILLIONS off this website, so you boys better be careful. You’re going to need all your SWAT teams to take him down. Yeah, he’s going to be armed. How many guys are going to send to get him? What three constables??! No man, look, we’ll send some boys over, but we’re going to need a team of about two-hundred, two-fifty to do this right man.”

    And our likeable PC plod, who double-clicks website links and writes emails in Word and sends them as an attachment, would have just swallowed their overzealous crap like an elderly tourist buying a rap CD on Venice Beach.

    Sadly, it’s our money being wasted on this guy.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Yes another epic fail for the NZ Police. This is what happens when you watch too much TV.
      When the security footage is available, you could sell it to one of the crime networks.
      NZ Police 2 Helicopters, 70+ Officers, SWAT and a specialist terrorist team. To break into house and spend 35 minutes breaking into the laundry chute. Then doing what they should have done in the first place which was, ask the question.

  • Alloytoo

    I agree.

    All Kim has to prove is that he made reasonable provision for the copyright holders to identify their property, and took material down on request.

    He could not reasonably (more of a factor in NZ that US law) be expected to police other people’s copyright.

    I also think Kim will have some of the entertainment industries dirty laundry to air as well.

    For example how many false claims of copyright infringement are made in order to squish independant content producers. (That’s where he’s angling with this whole music gig).

    If he can produce evidence that suggests systematic behaviour by the big content providers to shut down independant artists, then there’s a potential for Anti-trust investigations that would make the Microsoft one’s look like chicken feed.

    Just imagine an independant artists group action which uses the Industry’s own dubious “Loss” calculation methodology to claim damages.

    • Petal

      Just imagine an independant artists group action which uses the Industry’s own dubious “Loss” calculation methodology to claim damages.”

      We better order in some more zeroes.

  • Mr_Blobby

    I might be talking out my arse here but Tame and his band of merry peace activist/ mercenaries only warranted 1 Helicopter.
    Will Dotcom get an apology from the Crown?
    Will he get compensation for the distress caused by Ninja’s in black pajamas waking them up in the early morning and dragging them outside?
    Will future Dotcom generations be able to lay Waitangi Tribunal claims over this?
    Should we have a protest march?
    All joking aside. Why August for the extradition hearing? Is it to give the Government time to enact the legislation required to facilitate the extradition. After all, a new law comes into affect on the 1st of August.
    There is no way the Government is going to want to drop the ball on this one and look inept in the Eyes of the US. They will trample the rights of a few to impress and appease the US.
    In fairness they may have had little option when given the choices.
    1. Arrest them and deliver them to us. 2. Black Opps, will pick them up and we will render them to a third World country with a dubious human rights record, for enhanced interrogation. Using our private security consultants and shell company Airlines (formally Air America). Sorry our own home grown peace activist/security consultants were not available.3. Attack drone, dropping smart Bombs on the Dotcom mansion. Works reasonable well in other Countires.
    What about all the people I know of some in NZ, who paid to upload there own content on Mega, only to have it arbitrarily confiscated.

  • unitedtribes

    I think we should keep Dotcom. Hes the most exsiting thing to happen here bisiness wise ever. All the Huis weve had over how to upgrade from wool and lamb has bought nothing. Now we have Dotcom in the bag and we want to pass him over to USA. If we ever want to be more like Norway heres our chance

  • jackwhite

    Pity our goverment in power likes to suck up to the USA ,What a screw up who will pay the damage bill…..oh yeh the tax payer I think we should make Mr Dotcom our next mayor of auckland better than len from the wet towel brigade

    • unitedtribes

      Yes he could take over Munz also. They need some clever dicks.

      • jackwhite

        or he could try to unite-d-tribes but thats asking way to much

  • unitedtribes

    Hes the only one who could. No baggage from this end of politics!!

  • Uckemall

    He will without doubt rise again because when things are priced unfairly high it creates a demand for his site.Perish the thought that they would ever lower their prices and remove demand for such sites..We all support Kim and others like him and long may he continue..