Megaupload's founder says he is innocent of piracy charges

Megaupload's founder Kim Dotcom has proclaimed his innocence in the online piracy charges filed against him by the US government. Reuters reports that Dotcom (previously known as Kim Schmitz) pleaded innocent during a bail hearing today in New Zealand where he and three other members of Megaupload are fighting the charges and extradition to the US.

Dotcom proclaimed his innocence via a statement from his attorney Paul Davison, who told the judge in the bail hearing, "Mr Dotcom emphatically denies any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing, and denies the existence of a Mega Conspiracy."

Davison also told the judge that Dotcom posed no flight risk as his passports had been seized and his own funds have been frozen. However, the case's prosecutor Anne Toohey said that Dotcom could get access to others funds that have not been frozen and could easily arrange to be transported. Toohey also said that Dotcom had a history of using multiple identities.

Dotcom and three other team members of Megaupload are having their bail hearings pleas heard separately rather than as a group. The judge in the case is expected to make a bail ruling on Dotcom and the other three Megaupload members later today.

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Yeah when you pay people to upload pirated crap to your website, you're far from innocent. Then there's also the part about him offering subscription plans. How much legitimate content to be downloaded is there that requires paid hosting outside of a regular domain? I'm surprised he even had the gaul to try and get a commercial going.

Why do you people keep claiming they're innocent? Did any of you even consider reading the indictment? Which conveniently includes lots of email and logs evidence about they being perfectly aware about what was going on, encouraging it with rewards (with specific examples about warezed stuff) and delaying DMCA take downs? And it's Kim Schmitz for Christ's sake. If anyone's guilty by default, it's that delusional moron.

Superluminal said,
Why do you people keep claiming they're innocent? Did any of you even consider reading the indictment? Which conveniently includes lots of email and logs evidence about they being perfectly aware about what was going on, encouraging it with rewards (with specific examples about warezed stuff) and delaying DMCA take downs? And it's Kim Schmitz for Christ's sake. If anyone's guilty by default, it's that delusional moron.

They where send from the Dutch dude's emails iirc. not Kim's.
Also, megaupload is used ALLOT for cooperations and communities....

must say i mainly used megaupload for non-piracy things and megavideo to watch shows that will never be aired in Holland.

Stop raping our TV stations to commercial only TV and allot less will be pirated. Considering the many billions of Euro's they earn, so much advertisement is NOT needed....

To be fair, he is innocent since he neither uploaded nor downloaded anything that was stolen.

Well I am only saying that because, that is all we know so far.

Zeet said,
To be fair, he is innocent since he neither uploaded nor downloaded anything that was stolen.

Well I am only saying that because, that is all we know so far.

Agreed. He hosts a website that just happens to have pirated material on it.

So does Google. It's called YouTube.

So does DropBox.

So does Microsoft. It's called Skydrive.

So does Apple. It's called iCloud.

So does Amazon. It's called Amazon Cloud Drive.

So does Google (again). It's called Google Music.

joep1984 said,

Agreed. He hosts a website that just happens to have pirated material on it.

So does Google. It's called YouTube.

So does DropBox.

So does Microsoft. It's called Skydrive.

So does Apple. It's called iCloud.

So does Amazon. It's called Amazon Cloud Drive.

So does Google (again). It's called Google Music.

Both Gmail and Hotmail are also filled with warez
Both Google Search as Bing can be easily used to find warez.
Both Windows as Chromebook can be easily used to use warez.

lets ban it all!

Back in the days the post offices around the world were also filled with criminal materials.

Up until now people were liable of their acts and not the owner of a service like a post office or a bank account or the creator of something like dunno weapons (which BTW are used for criminal acts every days all around the world and well gun makers perfectly know it).

The host doesn't and should not have the right to spy on its members. If someone ask him to remove contents then he needs to act but not more.

Unless the Government stole his money (which wouldn't surprise me), he should have plenty of money to pay for high profile lawyers to fight this.

But then again we also have corrupt Judges here also, who rule whatever the Government tells them to rule in favor of. Or the ones with connections to the MPAA/RIAA.

jd100 said,
Unless the Government stole his money (which wouldn't surprise me), he should have plenty of money to pay for high profile lawyers to fight this.

But then again we also have corrupt Judges here also, who rule whatever the Government tells them to rule in favor of. Or the ones with connections to the MPAA/RIAA.

I've never known New Zealand to have corrupt Judges!

I am fairly certain that a discussion of his innocence could be the catalyst for a heated debate in regards to this particular charge, but I think most could agree on the fact he is undeniably guilty of having the corniest chosen last name possible. LOL

DirtyLarry said,
I am fairly certain that a discussion of his innocence could be the catalyst for a heated debate in regards to this particular charge, but I think most could agree on the fact he is undeniably guilty of having the corniest chosen last name possible. LOL

It's better than Kim Tim Jim Vestor...

DirtyLarry said,
I am fairly certain that a discussion of his innocence could be the catalyst for a heated debate in regards to this particular charge, but I think most could agree on the fact he is undeniably guilty of having the corniest chosen last name possible. LOL

Well it's a better last name than Kim Suckmyballsfbi

De.Bug said,
This whole case is BS. What happened to legal channels and innocent before proven guilty?

That's been out the door for the most part for some time now, now they come take all your ch1t and put you in the slammer and figure out if they actually have a case later.

De.Bug said,
This whole case is BS. What happened to legal channels and innocent before proven guilty?

He is innocent till proven guilty, do you propose we just take the word of everyone who pleads innocent and let them go?