Bran van der Kolk

He should have settled instead of concocting crazy conspiracy theories

I don’t feel at all sorry for Kim Dotcom. The man is a fool and a fantasist…I mean anyone who thought paying Martyn Bradbury as a political consultant has to be insane.

The ones I feel sorry for are the three others who have been taken for a ride with Kim Dotcom. He’s promised them repeatedly that he’d get them off, then left them all in the lurch with his insane stunts, new political parties, slagging of the US Government and regulators and judges, and Police and everyone else.

They are the ones who are going to pay the price for his shenanigans.

Judge Nevin Dawson’s decision to extradite Kim Dotcom and his co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato?includes a summary of the maximum prison sentences facing the four on each charge if they are ultimately convicted in the US.

A quick summary of the list:

  • Count One: Conspiracy to commit racketeering: 20 years
  • Count Two: Conspiracy to commit copyright infringement: 5 years
  • Count Three: Conspiracy to launder monetary instruments: 20 years
  • Count Four: Criminal copyright infringement: 5 years
  • Counts Five through Eight: Criminal copyright infringement by electronic means: 5 years each (20 years)
  • Counts Nine through Thirteen: Fraud by wire, and aiding and abetting fraud by wire: 20 years

If served consecutively, that means the big man would face up to 90 years behind bars?? a strong motivation to appeal his extradition (as he has already said he will) and then apply for a Supreme Court review if he loses that appeal.

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Chickens coming home to roost for Kim Dotcom, MPAA and former staff suing

Last night Kim Dotcom tweeted about his former employee suing him for unpaid wages.

What Kim Dotcom doesn’t state is that he worked that staff member 90 hours per week at below the minimum wage. If he had paid his staff at or above the minimum wage while he continued to live a life of opulence then the staff member might have been able to save for himself rather than going cap in hand to Dotcom.

This is how Dotcom operates, he makes people dependent upon him, then hands out “gifts” instead of paying outstanding wages, and then when the staff decided to pursue him for the wages he slams them in public on twitter when there is a court process underway. The true mark of a sociopath treating people as play things, manipulating them emotionally and financially to keep them under control.

Then to heap misery on top of that lawsuit the MPAA has filed a massive lawsuit against him as well.? Read more »

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.