Hey Phil, shut up and actually read the indictment

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Phil Quin ignorantly writes in a newspaper:

Like many Kiwis, I took an instant dislike to Kim Dotcom. Aside from anything else, it saved time.[…]

But we can’t, and nor should we, prosecute and imprison detestable people simply for being detestable. And in the case of Kim Dotcom and his erstwhile colleagues at Mega Upload, questions of justice, dubious political motivations, not to mention basic questions of procedural fairness, must surely outweigh our distaste at the spectre of Kim Dotcom.End of quote.

You could say that Kiwis are divided into two groups: those that think Kim Dotcom is innocent and a victim and those that believe he is guilty and has more than outstayed his welcome. I say Kiwis are actually divided into those that have actually read the indictment against him and those that haven’t. Quote:

QuoteThe case against Mega Upload has always been questionable on the merits. It’s as if the NZ-based company presented the US Department of Justice with low-hanging fruit far easier to pluck off branches than the behemoths who dominate the US tech sector whose practices were indistinguishable from Mega Upload’s at the time the charges were brought. End of quote.

Yep, Phil is one of those that hasn’t. For example, YouTube actually implemented procedures to deal with copyright infringement. Mega Upload on the other hand, if Phil bothered to read the indictment, just pretended to.

Oh, and I wouldn’t call Mega Upload a New Zealand-based company. The reason Kim was here was because he was running away from Hong Kong, after, well, running away from Germany. Plus Mega Upload’s servers were located in Virginia which is why the FBI has been trying to drag his fat ass there. Quote:

Quot[…]The dawn raid was nothing short of a disgrace; choppers and machine guns have no place in NZ, let alone over what is at its essence a copyright case. Whether this was John Key’s effort to ingratiate himself with the US administration, or some kind of vendetta against Dotcom, or whatever the reason, it was an unmitigated outrage that should cast a cloud over Key’s legacy as Prime Minister.End of quote.

Let’s see. At its height, Mega Upload was by far the world’s largest piracy-enabling site and at times accounted for up to 4% of web traffic and was making well over $100 USD million dollars in profit. Yep, just a copyright case. Quote:

Quote:Consider this. The Global Financial Crisis brought countless millions to their knees. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless due to the dodgy bank loans and the reckless conduct of financial titans. For these crimes, with real and countless victims, the US Department of Justice has barely lifted a finger. End of quote.

You mean like the independent director who spent $30K making a movie only to see it put on Mega Upload the day it was released and lose all her money? But nice try at moral equivalence, Phil. Quote:

Quote:[…]Dotcom’s conduct, however unethical, should have been treated as a civil matter from the outset. Efforts to criminalise the case have extended the life of the proceedings and taken them no further to a resolution. Ironically, overreach by US authorities — namely, the threat of extradition and life sentences — has precluded a just outcome. End of quote.

Efforts by Dotcom’s legal team to extend the proceedings is what has dragged the case on. And if you had read the indictment it is very clearly a criminal matter.

For example, it is alleged that not only did Mega Upload knowingly host files that breached copyright they put copyrighted files up themselves. They conspired with third party sites for those sites to host links to files on Mega Upload hence the conspiracy charges. They paid users who uploaded movies a pittance while charging like a bull for users to watch those movies.

And don’t get me started on the hypocrisy of the “porn exploits women” Left supporting a guy who once ran a porn piracy site called Megaporn.com. No one does hypocrisy like the Left. Quote:

Quote:[…]The [Human Rights Tribunal] offered a stinging and detailed critique of the Government’s conduct in this matter, Finlayson’s role in particular. End of quote.

Sure they did Phil, sure they did. Fact is the raid was justified. Considering what was at stake the authorities had to act fast and without warning. Highly valuable evidence could have been destroyed very quickly. I actually liken it to the cops raiding a known cocaine kingpin. Quote:

Quote:With a new Government in place, surely it is past time to draw a clear line under this episode so people like me can get back to taunting Kim Dotcom on Twitter for his bad ideas, and looking forward to his eventual departure on legally appropriate grounds. End of quote.

uoteIn other words let’s have the government create an advisory working group stacked with people like I don’t know, Phil and David Fisher? Hell, why don’t we just go for broke and put Kim Dotcom on it as well and Labour-supporting left-wing lawyers named Greg? Let’s have Nicky Hagar on it advising on the conspiracy charges. Which in all seriousness scares me. Given recent events, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the government goes and pulls something like that. Quote:

Quote:Phil Quin has worked for Labour governments in New Zealand and Australia. He is now a freelance writer living in Colombia (“for the cost of living, lifestyle, weather”). End of quote.

End quote.Good. Stay there.


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