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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Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom: Joe Biden is in bed with the MPAA

By on July 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM.

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom: Joe Biden is in bed with the MPAA

Megaupload Kim Dotcom Joe Biden Accused

The strange and amusing saga of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom took another interesting twist on Tuesday when Dotcom told TorrentFreak that none other than Vice President Joe Biden himself ordered the federal government to shut down his file-sharing site. Though no firm evidence of Vice President Biden’s involvement was presented, Dotcom does have a semi-plausible explanation for the veep’s interest in his site: Biden is good friends with former Senator Chris Dodd, who is now living out his glory years shilling for Hollywood’s anti-piracy efforts. More →

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The battle isn’t over for Kim Dotcom

By on June 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

The battle isn’t over for Kim Dotcom

Megaupload Piracy Case Kim Dotcom

Megaupload’s founder scored a victory recently when the raid against his mansion was determined to be illegal, but suspected Internet piracy kingpin Kim Dotcom still faces an uphill battle. While the case against him has weakened, Dotcom is stilling fighting an extradition motion that could see him moved from New Zealand to the United States to face trial. If the extradition relies on the content obtained from the illegal raids on Dotcom’s mansion, however, prosecutors may run into more problems than once thought. More →

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Judge rules Kim Dotcom mansion raid was illegal

By on June 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM.

Judge rules Kim Dotcom mansion raid was illegal

Kim Dotcom Raid Illegal

Justice Helen Winkelmann on Thursday ruled the warrants that allowed more than 90 New Zealand officers to raid Kim Dotcom’s home and other properties earlier this year were too broadly cast, The Guardian reported. The judge said the warrants were therefore invalid and lacked “adequate specificity as to the offense,” adding that it was “clear that the police, in executing the warrants, have exceeded what they could lawfully be authorised to do.” Winkelmann said police acted unlawfully by refusing to release material that was not relevant to the charges, and handing over cloned hard drives to the FBI was in breach of extradition legislation. The Megaupload founder released a statement praising the ruling. “We are very happy with today’s decision,” Dotcom said. “We are digesting and analysing Justice Winkelmann’s judgment and considering out next steps.” Winkelmann ordered both sides to appear in court on July 4th. More →

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Woz goes to bat for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

By on June 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM.

Woz goes to bat for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

Wozniak Supports Megaupload Founder

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has never been one to shy away from courting controversy, even when it’s at the expense of his former company. This is why it’s not too surprising that Wozniak has come out in support of Kim Dotcom, the infamous Megaupload founder last seen yukking it up on Twitter and joking about the racketeering and money laundering charges he’s currently facing. In an interview with CNET, Wozniak said that Kim had gotten a bum rap, and he accused the American government of leveling trumped-up charges against him. “When governments dream up charges of ‘racketeering’ for a typical IT guy who is just operating a file-sharing service, or accuse him of mail fraud because he said he had removed files [to alleged infringing content] when he’d just removed the links to them, this is evidence of how poorly thought out the attempt to extradite him is,” Wozniak said. Later in the interview, Wozniak acknowledged that any copyright infringement Megaupload allegedly engaged in was wrong, but he also compared it to going over the speed limit while driving. More →

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom laughs it up on Twitter as trial looms

By on June 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom laughs it up on Twitter as trial looms

Kim Dotcom Twitter Instagram

File-sharing giant Kim Dotcom was arrested in January when his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand was raided by authorities. His notorious file-sharing service Megaupload was shuttered the same day, and Dotcom was charged with money laundering, violating piracy laws, racketeering and a number of additional crimes. The flamboyant Internet millionaire immediately denied any wrongdoing. Dotcom, who was released on bail and faces serious charges, appears to be doing his best to make light of the situation with new Twitter and Instagram accounts. In typical Dotcom fashion, the larger-than-life playboy is using his new social media accounts to taunt authorities as he awaits trial. Noteworthy tweets include “Conspiracy to commit racketeering!” which appeared alongside an image of Dotcom and three colleagues holding tennis rackets at the Dotcom estate, and “Mathias’ first attempt at money laundering ;-)” which was accompanied by an image of a man washing money in a bowl of soapy water. More →

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Megaupload was working on IPO prior to shutdown

By on April 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM.

Megaupload was working on IPO prior to shutdown

Before Megaupload was shut down by the United States government, the company was preparing to go public and enter the U.S. stock market with a multi-billion dollar initial public offering, TorrentFreak reported on Tuesday. Megaupload was reportedly having discussions with top auditors and several of the world’s largest investments banks, however these plans ended abruptly in January. The company’s founder Kim Dotcom, along with six others, were arrested and charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering. Read on for more. More →

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U.S government attempts to silence Megaupload’s lawyers

By on April 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM.

U.S government attempts to silence Megaupload’s lawyers

Lawyers representing the six major Hollywood studios, the United States government and Megaupload met in District Judge Liam O’Grady’s courtroom on Friday, CNET reported. The appearance pertains to digital files belonging to as many as 60 million people throughout the world that are stored on Megaupload’s 1,100 servers. The files are currently located on servers owned by Carpathia Hosting, which is now housing them at its own expense, however the company is looking to delete the information or possibly sell off the servers. Carpathia claims the cost of hosting the data is a financial burden and has asked the court for relief. The U.S. government in January arrested and charged Megaupload’s founder Kim Dotcom, along with six others, with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering. But before the trial even starts, the first order of business will be to determine whether Megaupload’s lawyers will be allowed to address the court. More →

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