Dotcom gets the weekend to reflect

After the first week of Dotcom’s extradition hearing, Dotcom seems to be hoist by his own words

On Friday Christine Gordon QC, who is acting for the US, read an extensive series of Skype conversations and emails between the men, arguing they revealed they knew the business was a criminal enterprise from the start.

In one conversation, two of the accused discussed how they expected Dotcom to flee if the business hit trouble.

“The fact is when there’s no way out, Kim will also grab the last couple of millions and go on hiding mode again when that happens,” Van der Kolk was quoted as telling Ortmann.

“The likeliness of us getting in trouble for some reason is getting bigger.”

Dotcom stared forward and gently shook his head once as the evidence was read out.

Ortmann and Van der Kolk were right of course. ?They had seen Dotcom do it before. ? ?So why stay around someone who is clearly able to turn them into cannon fodder? ? Money. ?And lots of it. ?

Ms Gordon read a message from Dotcom suggesting the group urgently hire a lawyer to fend off lawsuits.

Ortmann replied they should just “promise some kind of technical filtering crap and then never implement it”.

In dozens of other quotes Ms Gordon went over, Dotcom described the group as “evil”, Van der Kolk said he always lived from “piracy” and the accused acknowledged the vast majority of the content going through their site was piracy.

“If copyright holders would really know how big our business is they would surely try to do something against it,” Ortmann was quoted as saying.

Ms Gordon said the site paid bonuses to copyright infringers using the service, rather than banning them, and then presented an innocent facade while defrauding copyright holders by telling them files were being taken down – when in reality they were uploaded in other locations.

The company paid more than $3 million to uploaders, according to the FBI.

And yet Doctom maintains he was running a Dropbox, or a Google Drive. ?I’ve not been aware of any other service paying for you to upload content. ? That has to be dodgy.

More than half of the viewing traffic on the site was associated with repeat infringers and Dotcom called them “the special people”, Ms Gordon said.

“That’s the big flaw in the rewards programme: we are making profit off more than 90 per cent infringing files,” Van der Kolk told Ortmann over Skype.

The men face charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, wire fraud and two kinds of criminal copyright infringement based on an FBI investigation going back to 2010.

There is no need to find the men guilty. ?All that is needed is to see if the threshold for extradition is met.

The hearing continues on Monday.

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– NZN, via 3 News

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