Kim Dotcom to receives up to $6 million from government for legal battle

Kim Dotcom has turned into an internet celebrity in a short space of time. Since MegaUpload was shut down back in January, he has become a recognisable figure.

Intense debate still rages over the legality of shutting down MegaUpload, but what's done is done. Dotcom himself still has plans for the future, speaking of his intentions for a legal distribution service named 'Megabox'.

At his peak, Kim Dotcom was not poor. That's evidenced by some of the domains he owns, or formerly owned. He owns the kim.com domain, and there's a good chance that wasn't exactly cheap. He has also been open with his version of the MegaUpload shutdown, explaining as below:


Even so, Dotcom needs a loan to fight his legal battle. New Zealand is providing him with up to $6 million to aid his way through the case. The advance will be secured against $10 million in government bonds that Dotcom owned, though were frozen in April.

In order to aid his court funding, Kim Dotcom has been granted permission to sell nine vehicles he owns: five Mercedes-Benz cars, a Rolls-Royce Coupe, two Mini Coopers and a Toyota Hilux. He also received $250,000 earlier this year to pay rent on his mansion, which has an annual rent of $1 million.

After the shutdown of MegaUpload, Dotcom's cars were seized as part of the operation. Various pictures indicate that he owns a great deal of vehicles.

Some of Dotcom's car collection - and all those Mercs are AMG models.

Dotcom has turned himself from an internet kingpin into one of the loudest spokespeople for freedom online, and it will be worth keeping an eye on his case to see if he speaks as loudly then as he does now.

His commitment to his case is obvious enough. The funds he's getting to help fight his case should also be a telling example of how much he's willing to put into his legal battle.

Source: PC Advisor
Dotcom's car collection: Autoblog (Dutch)

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I'm not going to speculate on a pending trial.
Comments proclaiming his guilt before knowing all the facts is plain stupidity .

I just can't believe he needs 10 million bloody dollars for court !
HOLY CRAP that's a lot of money !
how many damn lawyers is he hiring ? LOL

I am Not PCyr said,
I'm not going to speculate on a pending trial.
Comments proclaiming his guilt before knowing all the facts is plain stupidity .

I just can't believe he needs 10 million bloody dollars for court !
HOLY CRAP that's a lot of money !
how many damn lawyers is he hiring ? LOL

He's fighting the American government/corporate conglomerate. He's going to need more than $10 Million. That's just an appetizer.

If he loses, we'll all be walking on glass every time we're on the internet. We might get arrested for breaking another countries laws while in our own country.

"At his peak, Kim Dotcom was not poor. That's evidenced by some of the domains he owns, or formerly owned. He owns the kim.com domain, and there's a good chance that wasn't exactly cheap."

Ah, I see. The domains are what indicates his wealth; not his 9 cars, mansion, or millions of dollars in bonds.

Memnochxx said,
"At his peak, Kim Dotcom was not poor. That's evidenced by some of the domains he owns, or formerly owned. He owns the kim.com domain, and there's a good chance that wasn't exactly cheap."

Ah, I see. The domains are what indicates his wealth; not his 9 cars, mansion, or millions of dollars in bonds.

lol i was thinking the exact same thing

This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.

Jahooba said,

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.

Umm... The US government does not have unlimited funds. They are over 4 trillion dollars in debt. They now have to ask congress to lift the debt ceiling every now and again or risk not being able to pay certain loan payments back. Ironically most of our debt is with China.

Jahooba said,

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.


Honestly, did you REALLY need to post that message so many times?!?

Jahooba said,

There's no question of that. Yes, the government can do that. The US government in particular has nearly unlimited funds. They can tie you up in red tape or bankrupt you whether they're in the right or not. Even if they don't win they will take their toll on you in time and stress, not to mention the break down of whatever infrastructure you created. Whether or not the DOJ was justified is beside the point - it had exactly the effect they wanted.


Honestly, did you REALLY need to post that message so many times?!?

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

this.
and it seems that the foruns are broken, seeing lots of repeated messages.

StevenJ said,
This case is not about whether or not Kim Dotcom was doing the right thing with Megaupload. This case is about whether or not the US can storm into someone's house who lives on the other side of the planet and then try to bully his government into allowing them to take him home and prosecute him.

this.
and it seems that the foruns are broken, seeing lots of repeated messages.

shinji257 said,

Umm... The US government does not have unlimited funds. They are over 4 trillion dollars in debt. They now have to ask congress to lift the debt ceiling every now and again or risk not being able to pay certain loan payments back. Ironically most of our debt is with China.

Umm... Yes, they do. We're talking in terms of billions if not trillions of dollars. Not to mention - the DOJ employees get paid the same regardless of the arrest count or type of court case they have.

Lets not forget that all these actions are being taken by huge corporations. Yes, the FBI made the arrest and seized everything. Yes, the US DOJ is backing every action taken so far. However, whom do you propose is paying them to cross the line? The MAFFIA, MPAA, RIAA, and multiple others.

You must not live in America if you don't understand at least a little about how our sham of a government works. People in Europe complain a lot about how this and that entity or corporation runs their government - try coming to America, I dare you.

Well be honest... Is there anyone that really believes this man is a nice guy that had no idea of what he was hosting? Everyone knows MegaUpload was just there to upload illegal material to from other 'grey area' websites.

RuuddieBoy said,
Well be honest... Is there anyone that really believes this man is a nice guy that had no idea of what he was hosting? Everyone knows MegaUpload was just there to upload illegal material to from other 'grey area' websites.

didnt stop the government doing illegal things to get it shut down though did it?

RuuddieBoy said,
Well be honest... Is there anyone that really believes this man is a nice guy that had no idea of what he was hosting? Everyone knows MegaUpload was just there to upload illegal material to from other 'grey area' websites.

The thing is, if a company reported it to them, he removed the content. The DMCA specifically protects companies like MegaUpload from being liable for what their users upload.

What the FBI did was unfair, they took all his stuff without trial. The problem now is that he WILL win in a trial.

RuuddieBoy said,
Well be honest... Is there anyone that really believes this man is a nice guy that had no idea of what he was hosting? Everyone knows MegaUpload was just there to upload illegal material to from other 'grey area' websites.

Absolute bloody nonsense. I used to believe that too, but then read up and found that one of the services they offered automated upload systems for photos. I wrote this off as a "nice little service that ran in space space on the pirates servers". Then found I know 3 people who actually used it this way. 3 in my peer group represents enough to me to suggest that people did use it this way. As such, I no longer write it off as "a nice handy place to store you pirate mp3s"

Sly_Ripper said,

The thing is, if a company reported it to them, he removed the content. The DMCA specifically protects companies like MegaUpload from being liable for what their users upload.

What the FBI did was unfair, they took all his stuff without trial. The problem now is that he WILL win in a trial.

Per the website he also provided tools directly to major copyright holders (including the RIAA) that allowed them to execute takedowns directly bypassing the DMCA file requirement.

RuuddieBoy said,
Well be honest... Is there anyone that really believes this man is a nice guy that had no idea of what he was hosting? Everyone knows MegaUpload was just there to upload illegal material to from other 'grey area' websites.
yeah but like when something like that gets going and in his position there is no need to stop, there was already report abuse,etc.

I think that the FBI could of asked first before doing that.
it was like: america contacted new zealand, new zealand went in "showing off" with their police with guns and helicopters, the feds could of just been jealous.

RuuddieBoy said,
Well be honest... Is there anyone that really believes this man is a nice guy that had no idea of what he was hosting? Everyone knows MegaUpload was just there to upload illegal material to from other 'grey area' websites.
yeah but like when something like that gets going and in his position there is no need to stop, there was already report abuse,etc.

I think that the FBI could of asked first before doing that.
it was like: america contacted new zealand, new zealand went in "showing off" with their police with guns and helicopters, the feds could of just been jealous.