MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom granted $60,000 monthly allowance

Kim Dotcom may be out of jail, but the founder of the now shut down file sharing web site MegaUpload still has to pay some bills. Today, the New Zealand Herald web site reports that the judge in Dotcom's case has ruled he be granted an monthly allowance that totals $60,000 a month.

Part of the money comes from interest generated by $10 million of government bonds. The other part comes from one of Dotcom's bank accounts which has $301,758.70; he has also been given access back to one of his cars, a 2011 Mercedes Benz.

Dotcom's and MegaUpload's assets were seized back in January by US and New Zealand law enforcement officials as part of their effort to shut down MegaUpload's activities. Dotcom and other members of MegaUpload were arrested and he spent about a month in jail in New Zealand before he was released on bond.

Earlier in March the judge in the case ruled that law enforcement officials had improperly handled the raid on Dotcom's assets and declared the raid to be "null and void". The judge has yet to rule on if all of Dotcom's assets should be returned to him as a result of the error.

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UltraKill said,
Fat Douche Bag needs $60,000 month just for food to maintain that 300lb disgusting body.

Yeah and pay for his rented house, petrol, heating, lighting.

Hell, even the hosting company has asked the government for help as it can't afford to keep paying the fees for the servers.

This was all done too quickly and without much thought. The hosting company can't delete the data but is getting no money for keeping it. Well done the US Government, SOPA whatever force is behind it.

Albert said,
justice is to serve criminals. pathetic.

I suppose when you imagine hard enough it is actually comparable to justice for dogs.

L)(

I think this should be updated to 60,000NZD a month, which is a amazing amount of money to have for any person in New Zealand to have.

I'm starting a new Megaupload type site and I'm gonna be rich too except im a badass mother ****er that will kill any agents sent after me.

Raa said,

And you've got proof of the theft?

lol, The statement is meant to be funny. Not literal.

No, but search for my username on this page and read my other comment. You will get your answer there.

Not to be a sad sack but this has been in the NZ news for 3 days, maybe 4 now.

Rather old. Rather crazy (60k!!) and he is still a crazy sumbitch!

Auzeras said,
Not to be a sad sack but this has been in the NZ news for 3 days, maybe 4 now.

Rather old. Rather crazy (60k!!) and he is still a crazy sumbitch!

well thanks for your valuable contribution. I am sure there are tons of people wondering how long the people of NZ have known about this.

pto said,
Check out the indictment, they were using paypal to wire funds to people who would upload tons of pirated goods.
Definitely guilty, they never paid for any of the media they were selling "premium" memberships for.

http://77z77.com/megaupload.pdf


Somehow I don't think is real. Why on earth would they write stuff like that if they know it will get them into deep water with the goverment?

pto said,
Check out the indictment, they were using paypal to wire funds to people who would upload tons of pirated goods.
Definitely guilty, they never paid for any of the media they were selling "premium" memberships for.

http://77z77.com/megaupload.pdf

As mentioned above it needs to be proven. If they paid people for uploading content to share does not imply they knew it was illegal or intended for illegal content to be uploaded and shared. They also did not sell the content. They sold faster access to the content. PayPal is only a way to transfer money which also does not imply they are guilty. Now Megaupload actually defined what content they would pay for, like movies and music, then they knew and would be guilty. Despite those facts, everyone knew they hosted illegal content and they knew they did too. It's obvious they are guilty but it is all about what can be proven in court. That is how they can do what they did and try to get away with it. Stupid legal system.

"On or about December 3, 2006, DOTCOM distributed a Megaupload.com
link to a music file entitled “05-50_cent_feat._mobb_deep-nah-c4.mp3” to ORTMANN. A
copy of this file was still present on servers controlled by the Mega Conspiracy as of
December 20, 2011."

I would agree that I don't know which particular charges are going to stick but I'm sure there are a few particulars that will convict a few people.

Soldiers33 said,

Somehow I don't think is real. Why on earth would they write stuff like that if they know it will get them into deep water with the goverment?

Er, because they felt they'd never get caught. That's what most criminals feel, that they're better than the authorities and can cover their tracks.

Stop being jealous guys and if you want to be rich do something to work for it. Anyone can do it but I didn't say it was easy. If you don't think you have a good enough brain then I am sorry for you. Everyone can do something you just have to find your niche.

max22 said,
Stop being jealous guys and if you want to be rich do something to work for it. Anyone can do it but I didn't say it was easy. If you don't think you have a good enough brain then I am sorry for you. Everyone can do something you just have to find your niche.

jealous? he got that money potentially illegally, if he did it legally then good for him, but the fact he is under investigation for possible legal issues then he's not deserving of it... anything he made legally im all for giving back to him

neufuse said,

jealous? he got that money potentially illegally, if he did it legally then good for him, but the fact he is under investigation for possible legal issues then he's not deserving of it... anything he made legally im all for giving back to him

*Potentially* illegally....you said it right there bud. Now take a bit of time to look at the situation objectively. Btw yes...jealous - many people would be *jealous* and comments by some reflect that.

Id like to such a lifestyle sure, but I'm not jealous.

neufuse said,

jealous? he got that money potentially illegally, if he did it legally then good for him, but the fact he is under investigation for possible legal issues then he's not deserving of it... anything he made legally im all for giving back to him

Seems like someone is a little mad..

neufuse said,

jealous? he got that money potentially illegally, if he did it legally then good for him, but the fact he is under investigation for possible legal issues then he's not deserving of it... anything he made legally im all for giving back to him

u mad bro?

recursive said,

u mad bro?

mad about what? I just said if he made the money legally sure give it to him, but if he didn't then it shouldn't go to him, and that includes if there is reason to believe he didn't

neufuse said,

jealous? he got that money potentially illegally, if he did it legally then good for him, but the fact he is under investigation for possible legal issues then he's not deserving of it... anything he made legally im all for giving back to him

With such crappy laws you guys have these days, anyone can be under investigation for remotely anything, with and without evidence. Does that make the accused "not deserving of it (money)"? How shallow!

law-abiding people can barely get by and this fat **** that was living off of copyright infringement is allowed 60,000 a month? ... and a car?

force the guy to walk

timster said,
law-abiding people can barely get by and this fat **** that was living off of copyright infringement is allowed 60,000 a month? ... and a car?

force the guy to walk

that's happen whenever u got money.

timster said,
law-abiding people can barely get by and this fat **** that was living off of copyright infringement is allowed 60,000 a month? ... and a car?

force the guy to walk

If this is the case...our entire Corporate and Government within the U.S. should walk.

timster said,
law-abiding people can barely get by and this fat **** that was living off of copyright infringement is allowed 60,000 a month? ... and a car?

force the guy to walk

Jealousy gets you nowhere. He isn't proven guilty yet!

abadaba said,

If this is the case...our entire Corporate and Government within the U.S. should walk.

Behind those entities are people and they are the crooks.

Walkie/Talkie said,
How can you seriously need $60,000 a month for bills? Makes me sick.

He rented a huge mansion. I wouldn't be surprised if most of that money is to pay the rent.

Walkie/Talkie said,
How can you seriously need $60,000 a month for bills? Makes me sick.

In the meantime they seized all his money, 60,000 it probably less money than he makes in interest alone in 1 day on all the accounts they seized.

Everyone is quick to jump on the hate/guilty wagon when he makes a lot of money, wait till he's found guilty, and he will be, even if he isn't, they'll make sure of that.

JaredFrost said,

In the meantime they seized all his money, 60,000 it probably less money than he makes in interest alone in 1 day on all the accounts they seized.

Everyone is quick to jump on the hate/guilty wagon when he makes a lot of money, wait till he's found guilty, and he will be, even if he isn't, they'll make sure of that.


Uhm, not sure what you are goin on about bud, but at no point did I say he was guilty or not. All I did was how can someone need $60,000 a month for bills when that is more than a lot of people make in a YEAR. So go take your rambling somewhere else.

Walkie/Talkie said,

Uhm, not sure what you are goin on about bud, but at no point did I say he was guilty or not. All I did was how can someone need $60,000 a month for bills when that is more than a lot of people make in a YEAR. So go take your rambling somewhere else.

Most people aren't defending against charges from a multibillion-dollar cabal of idea monopolists, either.

Walkie/Talkie said,

Uhm, not sure what you are goin on about bud, but at no point did I say he was guilty or not. All I did was how can someone need $60,000 a month for bills when that is more than a lot of people make in a YEAR. So go take your rambling somewhere else.

Granted a lot of what I said wasn't directly entirely at you, but this is an allowance, not just earmarked for bills, he could use it for lawyers, hitmen, firewood, etc.

And how much other people make in a year isn't really relevant at all, 60k a month out of his 300m is nothing.

That would be like the government seizing all the money of someone making 60k, then giving them 12 dollars a month.

My rambling aren't directly entirely at you though, so don't worry, I just hate the government.

a1ien said,
Do you even know what a good Verizon data plan costs these days?

EPIC FAIL. Hes from New Zealand not the United States. The US isn't the world.

sam232 said,

EPIC FAIL. Hes from New Zealand not the United States. The US isn't the world.


Uhhh...Where in the world did you come up with the idea that I am from New Zealand?.....

Lels said,
How can you seriously need $60,000 a month for bills? Makes me sick.

How can you UNLAWFULLY raid someone, seize their personal property, and throw them in jail? Seriously-- that's NOT the way you handle things. People have rights. You bring a lawsuit to them first.

JaredFrost said,

Everyone is quick to jump on the hate/guilty wagon when he makes a lot of money, wait till he's found guilty, and he will be, even if he isn't, they'll make sure of that.

On this analogy, why haven't other file sharing websites been closed then?
They are simply trying to make an example of the man with a girls name.

Yes, while Megaupload did host a lot of illegally shared content, Rapidshare, Mediafire, Fileserve, Filejungle, Uploaded.to all do the same things.

Mr Spoon said,

On this analogy, why haven't other file sharing websites been closed then?
They are simply trying to make an example of the man with a girls name.

Yes, while Megaupload did host a lot of illegally shared content, Rapidshare, Mediafire, Fileserve, Filejungle, Uploaded.to all do the same things.

Once they succeed, the others are more than likely next.