Megaupload's Kim Dotcom: "I'm no copyright infringer"

In January, US law enforcement officials shut down the Megaupload file sharing web site, claiming that the site was being used for uploading and downloading pirated content. Several of Megaupload's team members were arrested, including its founder Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) in New Zealand. Now, a month and a half since the arrest, Dotcom is finally telling his side of the story.

In his first major interview, posted at the New Zealand-based TV news web site 3News.co.nz, Dotcom defends both Megaupload and himself, saying that the raid by US officials caught him and the company by surprise. He points out that Megaupload's own terms of service forbids its users from uploading pirated content. He also claims that a large number of content providers, including all the major movie studios had direct access to Megaupload's servers so they could delete any pirated content.

So why was Megaupload shut down with all of these piracy policies and protections in place? Dotcom claims:

I’m an easy target. My flamboyance, my history as a hacker, you know, I’m not American, I’m living somewhere in New Zealand around the world. I have funny number plates on my cars, you know, I’m an easy target. I’m not Google. I don’t have 50 billion dollars in my account and right now I’ve not a penny on my account. All my lawyers currently are basically working without a penny and they are all still on board and all still doing their job because what they see here is unfair, is unreasonable and is not justice.

Dotcom adds he plans to fight the charges against him, saying, " I feel confident I am going to win because at the end of the day I know, my family knows, and everybody around me knows that I am no criminal and I have done nothing wrong. So I will fight it. It’s all I can do."

Dotcom is currently free on bail after spending a month in jail due to prosecutors claiming that he was a flight risk, which Dotcom denies in the interview.

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it's amazing how blatant criminals become popular and get support from the general public for comitting crimes , highway men used to murder and rob people but some of them became popular , same with pirates/privateers and criminals like the mafia or the krays. These people did nothing good for the world and commited crimes we would hate to have done against us , yet many people applaud and support them.

Jughead said,
Yet again more brainwashed Neoidiots go kiss that American flag so more

Please provide research and quotes to back up your vague opinions, if you ever want to be more than a useless troll.

It's outrageous how Kim's been treated. Like the interviewer noted, the authorities of New Zealand treated him like a terrorist on trumped up copyright infringement charges.

I for one hope he sues the New Zealand, and US governments, as well as the copyright cartels out of existence. Their abuse of the justice system in order to put a competitor out of business is corrupt, illegal, and most of all highly disturbing.

Kim has my best wishes and my full support fighting against these corrupt and monopolistic studios and governments.

simplezz said,
It's outrageous how Kim's been treated. Like the interviewer noted, the authorities of New Zealand treated him like a terrorist on trumped up copyright infringement charges.

I for one hope he sues the New Zealand, and US governments, as well as the copyright cartels out of existence. Their abuse of the justice system in order to put a competitor out of business is corrupt, illegal, and most of all highly disturbing.

Kim has my best wishes and my full support fighting against these corrupt and monopolistic studios and governments.


A competitor how?

Joshie said,

A competitor how?

Megaupload was planning on offering a service to musicans that allowed them to offer their music directly through megaupload I believe. The reason for the recent Megaupload song on youtube featuring popular artists. This would threaten Big Media's music monopoly by allowing artists to go directly to the customer and cut out the middle man.

simplezz said,

Megaupload was planning on offering a service to musicans that allowed them to offer their music directly through megaupload I believe. The reason for the recent Megaupload song on youtube featuring popular artists. This would threaten Big Media's music monopoly by allowing artists to go directly to the customer and cut out the middle man.

Artists can already do this, they don't need a service like Megaupload. I think that whole thing is just something they came up with to try and get out of trouble. Too late.

TRC said,
Artists can already do this, they don't need a service like Megaupload. I think that whole thing is just something they came up with to try and get out of trouble. Too late.

Once again, not trying to take sides here, but there's a difference between being able to do something, and being able to do something easily. The world revolves around convenience.

I have to agree with some points. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty. There are no direct accusations against his character. If someone runs a hosting service there's always a "flight risk" that a user might end up using the storage for pirated material, but doesn't make the host to be faulty.

Mohitster said,
He has a very "interesting" name!

It's not his real name. It's his "artist" name and basically proves his craziness, delusion of grandeur and arrogance at the same time.

Same old c*ap USA bullies it's way in to protect those that run it, oil men, music studios, movie studios etc....

Mega Upload has done nothing wrong.

They just provide storage space free and you can pay for more downloads and no wait and faster speeds.

If you email them and tell them your material is pirated by them storing it they remove it.

Microsoft give free storage space and I see loads of links to pirated content by users with those spaces.

Mega Upload is innocent.

We all know whom the US government and law enforcement take their marching orders from - Big Media, aka the copyright cartels, and the MAFIAA.

This is the same corrupt government that sat back and watched as thousands of innocent american citizens were hounded, intimidated, and financially ruined by what's collectively known by the MAFIAA, the umbrella organisations supporting the cartel-like behaviour of the major music and movie companies, the same corrupt governmental and political system that regularly tries to pass anti-citizen, censorship, and liberty curtailing legislation like SOPA/PIPA, all to satisfy their copyright corporate pay masters. This makes me physically sick. They don't even try to hide it these days, it's brazenly brandished in front of the noses of the citizenry when ex-senators like Chris Dodd, who's now the MPAA's head guy, unashamedly threaten publicly to withdraw political bribes from those who dare to disobey they corporate masters.

This whole thing stinks to high heaven of corruption, of the legal system, of government, and of the media in their intentional misportral of DotCom as some kind of evil kingpin.

leesmithg said,
Same old c*ap USA bullies it's way in to protect those that run it, oil men, music studios, movie studios etc....

Mega Upload has done nothing wrong.

They just provide storage space free and you can pay for more downloads and no wait and faster speeds.

If you email them and tell them your material is pirated by them storing it they remove it.

Microsoft give free storage space and I see loads of links to pirated content by users with those spaces.

Mega Upload is innocent.

agreed, if the media companies had access to his servers he should be cleared on that alone...

It's easy to say "Mega upload has done nothing wrong" and "The U.S. government is corrupt and being influenced by large corperations."

However, Megaupload has done a lot more than simply allow copyrighted material to be shared on their site, they (allegedly) promote it. They have even (allegedly) paid people if they uploaded enough pirated material to their site. To them, the only thing that was important was having the best content on their site.

Of course, all of this has to be proven. However, "they have done nothing wrong" is a bit premature.

Senlis said,
It's easy to say "Mega upload has done nothing wrong" and "The U.S. government is corrupt and being influenced by large corperations."

However, Megaupload has done a lot more than simply allow copyrighted material to be shared on their site, they (allegedly) promote it. They have even (allegedly) paid people if they uploaded enough pirated material to their site. To them, the only thing that was important was having the best content on their site.

Of course, all of this has to be proven. However, "they have done nothing wrong" is a bit premature.

ok, yea its obvious that he didnt mind and even wanted it on his site.. but its like people who create a security software and then make a program to avoid the software to make more money or vice versa....

kim may of been getting people to upload stuff (although non of it was suggested to be illegal...) but he gave large corps the power to remove anything they want ... so... how much more anti copy right can you get lol

Shayla said,
everybody's innocent until proven guilty and nobody is guilty until proven not to be innocent

Obviously you need to research this guys history with his dealings of insider stock trading and scam upon scam. He always flips on the other guys involved and ends up walking by taking a deal with the authorities. He has been around since the BBS days doing this to other people.

xendrome said,
Obviously you need to research this guys history with his dealings of insider stock trading and scam upon scam. He always flips on the other guys involved and ends up walking by taking a deal with the authorities. He has been around since the BBS days doing this to other people.

Not trying to defend this guy or anything, but I fail to see how Shayla is any less correct. He's still innocent until proven guilty. What we see and think of the individual is irrelevant...

dead.cell said,

Not trying to defend this guy or anything, but I fail to see how Shayla is any less correct. He's still innocent until proven guilty. What we see and think of the individual is irrelevant...

In the eyes of the law, yes, but people are free to research his past and make their own opinions, and also try and prove their opinions to others.