Kim Dotcom vows to keep America out of next version of Megaupload

By on August 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM.

Kim Dotcom vows to keep America out of next version of Megaupload

Kim Dotcom Megaupload Reboot

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is making a really cool new toy but he’s not letting Americans play with it due to their government’s role in orchestrating a raid on his mansion this year. TorrentFreak reports that Dotcom is planning to build a massive global peer-to-peer network that will let non-American hosts across the world connect servers and bandwidth. While Dotcom hasn’t yet provided many details regarding what this Megaupload reboot will look like, he did vow that Megaupload Mark II would  “turn this world upside down” when it launched. At any rate, the new Megaupload site will certainly give law enforcement officials something tangible to fear about Dotcom rather than his illusive doomsday machine or deadly belly-flop kung fu. More →

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New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can see FBI evidence being used against him

By on August 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

New Zealand judge rules Kim Dotcom can see FBI evidence being used against him

Kim Dotcom Megaupload Evidence

The United States government has suffered another legal setback in its case against alleged piracy king Kim Dotcom, TorrentFreak reported. Authorities involved in the case were trying to claim that the evidence they compiled against Dotcom should stay private. A New Zealand judge on Thursday upheld an earlier decision that ordered the U.S. government to reveal the evidence it held against the Megaupload team, however, citing that the defendants would be unable to mount a full and proper defense in their upcoming extradition hearing without it. “Without disclosure [Kim Dotcom and associates] will be significantly constrained in [their] ability to participate in the hearing, and the requesting state will have a significant advantage in terms of access to information,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in the ruling. More →

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New Zealand cops feared Kim Dotcom’s belly of mass destruction

By on August 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM.

New Zealand cops feared Kim Dotcom’s belly of mass destruction

Kim Dotcom Raid Assault

If anyone thought the shenanigans surrounding Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom couldn’t get any more absurd, think again. The New Zealand Herald reports that the New Zealand police justified utilizing its elite counterterrorism unit during the raid on Dotcom’s mansion in part by claiming that Dotcom might use his stomach as a weapon against law enforcement officers. According to the NZ Herald, law enforcement officials cited claims by former Megaupload video editor Jess Bushyhead that Dotcom “body-butted” him “in the left shoulder using his stomach” to demonstrate that Dotcom was prone to violent behavior. The NZ Herald also says that police “cited a photograph of Dotcom holding a shotgun” as a reason to suspect Dotcom would be a threat during the raid. More →

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Kim Dotcom to launch ‘disruptive’ new music service later this year

By on August 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM.

Kim Dotcom to launch ‘disruptive’ new music service later this year

Kim Dotcom Megabox Music Service

Megaupload founder and alleged piracy king Kim Dotcom announced on Twitter that his “disruptive” music service Megabox will launch later this year. Megabox will let artists to sell their music directly to consumers while allowing them to keep 90% of their earnings. The service employs what it calls the “Megakey,” which enables artist to make money even from users who download their music for free. Dotcom previously claimed the business model was a success and revealed that is has been tested on more than a million users so far, though he has not elaborated on exactly how the new system works. More →

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FBI believed Kim Dotcom had a ‘doomsday device’ capable of erasing all piracy evidence

By on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM.

FBI believed Kim Dotcom had a ‘doomsday device’ capable of erasing all piracy evidence

Kim Dotcom Raid

Sane people may be wondering why the New Zealand government utilized its elite counterterrorism unit to raid Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s mansion. And now, via the NZ Herald, we have our answer: the FBI actually believed Dotcom had a Dr. Strangelove-style “doomsday device” that was capable of wiping out all evidence of Internet piracy with the flick of a switch. More →

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Kim Dotcom alleges police punched and kicked him during Megaupload raid

By on August 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

Kim Dotcom alleges police punched and kicked him during Megaupload raid

Kim Dotcom Police Brutality

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom testified in a New Zealand court on Tuesday that police had punched him in the face and kicked him while he was lying on the ground during a raid on his mansion earlier this year. As reported by TorrentFreak, Dotcom testified that he had initially fled to a safe room within his house when police first entered his home but said that police had little trouble breaking into it. “And then they were all over me,” he said. “I had a punch to the face, boots kicking me down to the floor, a knee to the ribs. One man was standing on my hand.” TorrentFreak says that representatives from the New Zealand Special Tactics Group, the counterterrorism unit that conducted the raid on Dotcom’s house, will also testify about the raid sometime this week. More →

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Kim Dotcom claims vindication after leaked music industry report

By on July 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM.

Kim Dotcom claims vindication after leaked music industry report

Kim Dotcom Megaupload Innocence

Kim Dotcom may be zany, but he also has some compelling facts on his side. In an interview with Ars Technica Thursday, the embattled Megaupload founder pointed to a leaked report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) showing that Megaupload was far from the worst offender when it came to hosting URLs that infringed upon copyrighted material. In fact, per the IFPI report, the number of infringing URLs hosted by Megaupload was positively dwarfed by file-sharing sites such as filesonic.com, which accounted for nearly half of all infringing URLs, and wupload.co.uk. More →

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Kim Dotcom ups the heat on Obama with launch of Kim.com website [video]

By on July 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM.

Kim Dotcom ups the heat on Obama with launch of Kim.com website [video]

Kim Dotcom Attacks Obama

Kim Dotcom is again sounding off against the White House, and this time he’s using more than his questionable singing voice. Dotcom, the mercurial Megaupload founder who released a song last week where he both criticized the Obama administration for its ties to Hollywood and compared himself to Martin Luther King, Jr., is escalating his attacks  on the White House with the launch of the Kim.com website. More →

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Judge in Kim Dotcom trial quits after calling U.S. ‘the enemy’

By on July 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM.

Judge in Kim Dotcom trial quits after calling U.S. ‘the enemy’

Kim Dotcom Extradition Trial

New Zealand district judge David Harvey has stepped down from his role presiding over accused piracy king Kim Dotcom’s extradition trial after stating publicly that the United Sates is the enemy. “We have met the enemy and he is U.S.,” Harvey said during a discussion about trade talks with the U.S. The judge surrendered his role in the trial voluntarily according to The New Zealand Herald, and the case will now be heard by Judge Nevin Dawson. “[Judge Harvey] recognises that remarks made in the context of a paper he delivered on copyright law at a recent internet conference could reflect on his impartiality and that the appropriate response is for him to step down from the case,” district court chief judge Jan-Marie Doogue said in a statement. Dotcom’s extradition hearing is set to begin in March next year. More →

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Kim Dotcom offers to surrender, face trial in U.S. without extradition

By on July 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM.

Kim Dotcom offers to surrender, face trial in U.S. without extradition

Kim Dotcom Piracy Case

Megaupload founder and accused piracy king Kim Dotcom has offered to forgo his delayed extradition trial and come to the U.S. to fight the charges against him and three others. Dotcom said on Twitter that the Department of Justice must meet certain ground rules first, however. “Hey DOJ, we will go to the US. No need for extradition,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site. “We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses.” The offer comes a day after a New Zealand court delayed an extradition hearing until March due to ongoing legal hearings regarding the seizure of evidence from an illegal raid on Dotcom’s mansion. “We are not expecting to hear back regarding the offer and I remain committed to fighting extradition in New Zealand,” he added. Dotcom and three others — Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk — were charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering, however they haven’t admitted to any wrongdoing. Despite the charges against him, Dotcom has vowed that Megaupload will return. More →

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Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing delayed until 2013

By on July 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM.

Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing delayed until 2013

Kim Dotcom Extradition Hearing Delayed

Kim Dotcom, the founder of defunct file hosting website Megaupload, will not see a judge regarding extradition until 2013, according to The New Zealand Heard. The alleged piracy king was expected to appear in court with his co-conspirators on August 6th in an extradition hearing scheduled to last three weeks. Discrepancies over the evidence used in the case have delayed the trial until March of next year, however. Megaupload was shut down in January by the U.S. government for violating piracy laws and Dotcom, along with three others, was charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering. Despite the charges, Dotcom has vowed that Megaupload will return. More →

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U.S. Government: Joe Biden had nothing to do with Megaupload shut down or Kim Dotcom’s arrest

By on July 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

U.S. Government: Joe Biden had nothing to do with Megaupload shut down or Kim Dotcom’s arrest

Megaupload Raid: Biden Involvement Denied

Sorry, Kim Dotcom — it seems you aren’t important enough to warrant Vice President Biden’s attention after all. The Daily Caller reports that both the United States government and the Motion Picture Association of America have denied Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s accusations that Biden had anything to do with the shutdown of Megaupload earlier this year. In a statement sent to the Caller, the MPAA said that while current MPAA lobbyist and former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd did meet with Biden in 2011 to discuss policy, the two men never talked about websites such as Megaupload that have drawn the ire of Hollywood for being dens of piracy. More →

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Kim Dotcom vows Megaupload will return

By on July 6, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

Kim Dotcom vows Megaupload will return

Megaupload Relaunch

From accused cybercriminal to Internet freedom fighter in a matter of months, dot-com entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has become a poster child for the fight against the perceived tyranny brought on by copyright laws. Dotcom has been in the news continuously since he was arrested in January as part of a sting that saw his file-sharing site Megaupload shuttered and its contents closely guarded by authorities. According to Dotcom, however, Megaupload users will have the last laugh. More →

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