MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom: Pirate? Me?

By , ITworld |  Cloud Computing, Kim Dotcom, Megaupload

Kim Dotcom

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom talks to members of the media as he leaves the High Court in Auckland February 29, 2012.

REUTERS/Simon Watts

Now out on bail, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom is shocked, shocked, to be accused of piracy.

Speaking to TorrentFreak and a New Zealand TV station, Kim Dotcom (Kim Schmitz) says his arrest was "completely unexpected." After all, he'd only been sued once in seven years, and never by a movie studio or record company. He asserts the DMCA law should have protected him, saying he's not liable for actions of third parties using his site. Privacy laws stopped him from examining user content. Plus, how could he monitor the 800 downloads every second from MegaUpload?

Saying "I am in innovator, I create software, I create solutions," Dotcom vows to fight all charges. "I'm an easy target. My flamboyance, my history as a hacker, you know, I'm not an American," is his assessment of why he was indicted. "I'm no piracy king. I offered online storage and bandwidth to users and that's it."

All about the Benjamins

He hit the nail on the head. It's about the money. Nobody can expect to take on Google and win. But it's a lot easier to take on one guy with a lot fewer resources and a checkered past.
Goosmoo on torrentfreak.com

King Dotcom is right. He is the easy target for FBI to try to bring down. They can't bring down Google, Youtube and other large corporations.
Rose on 3news.co.nz

Please DO NOT forget Megabox. It would "kill" iTunes by giving more profit directly to the artists.
Guest on torrentfreak.com

No love for authorities

We can only hope Kim gets this Copyright Conspiracy shut down and their power base shattered under anti-trust laws.
Violated0 on torrentfreak.com

Bloody US should bugger off back to their own country and stop interfering where they are not wanted.
Penny on 3news.co.nz

I think they will have a hard time getting him out of NZ, as they will need to prove the "criminal" portion of the case to get NZ to extradite.
That_Anonymous_Coward on torrentfreak.com

Call me cynical, but this smells of being such a monumental set-up that it makes the farm full of cows just down the road from me seem like a breath of fresh air.
rasur on news.ycombinator.com

Not buying it

You don't fool me Dotcom. Best of luck.
Tim on 3news.co.nz

the idea that he actually didn't know what MU was being used for, or that he cared about preventing it, is laughable.
corin_ on news.ycombinator.com

Expected to remain out on bail until a court date on August 5, Dotcom's request for release of funds has made headlines as well. Monthly needs? Reports vary from $10,000 to $200,000 per month. Living large is expensive, you know.

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