Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Blasts U.S. for Supporting 'Monopolies'

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Kim Dotcom faces extradition to the U.S. for piracy charges relating to his file-sharing mammoth Megaupload, but that doesn't mean that he's backing down -- he's actually going on the offensive.

Not only has Dotcom successfully beaten American demands that he be thrown back in jail. Dotcom is now taking to the media to decry the U.S.'s handling of piracy, slamming authorities for "protecting an outdated, monopolistic business model," according to TorrentFreak.

Here's the deal: Dotcom says that he went out of his way to curb piracy -- even going so far as to partner with MPAA-member studios to get rid of over 15 million questionable links, the site reports.

He "developed relationships with 180 takedown partners -- companies authorized to directly remove infringing links from Megaupload's systems."

He says he checked with lawyers to make sure that he was doing enough. They vetted this process, Dotcom says, telling him that he had acted rightly and protected himself from prosecution.

Dotcom also claims that the MPAA never tried to sue him or his website.

Dotcom thought that he had the same rights as YouTube, TorrentFreak notes.

That's to say, YouTube isn't considered liable if users post copyright-infringing content, so long as it polices posts, as per a 2010 court decision.

Dotcom also claims that the indictment against him alleges $500 million in damages for a two-week period, comprised of downloaded songs.

He doesn't understand how that number is possible, TorrentFreak writes.

"They are actually talking about $13 billion US damage within a year just for music downloads. The entire US music industry is less than $20 billion," he said.

Dotcom thinks that he is being targeted because his history as a hacker and flashy lifestyle make him an easy-to-persecute villain.

And now, he openly blames the setup of the industry for prompting piracy in the first place, TorrentFreak notes.

"If the business model would be one where everyone has access to this content at the same time, you know, you wouldn't have a piracy problem. So it's really, in my opinion, the government of the United States protecting an outdated monopolistic business model that doesn't work anymore in the age of the internet and that's what it all boils down to," he said.

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7 comments
sane37
sane37

I'm with megaload here. They did everything they could to police their site. Corporations are trying so hard for SOPA, ACTA and the like to protect their outdated models of distribution and control.This is blatant fascism.

TJ Peterson
TJ Peterson

Dotcom is acting like an asshole. The charges brought up against him have nothing to do with this straw man defense. Furthermore, there's not a fucking "monopoly" that the US government is supporting. That's horseshit. I buy tons of CDs from successful independent artists who would laugh at that idea. 

Tl;dr Dotcom sucks.

TJ Peterson
TJ Peterson

have you even read the indictment? Fuck off you holier than thou prick.

sane37
sane37

Are you aware that Mega Upload was in the process or starting a competing music distribution service that Universal Music opposed?Do you have any knowledge of the background events that led to this attempt to quash competition?Even if you didn't, there's really not need for name calling.All I did was disagree.

And to answer your question, yes. I did read the indictment.

sane37
sane37

I mean fascism in the economic sense. The Corporate control of government.

http://www.econlib.org/library...

Follow the link for an extended definition.

Nothing as extreme as what you're on about.

TJ Peterson
TJ Peterson

Yes

Not sure what you mean

Your right to not be called a name is lost with the incredibly stupid "This is fascism" that alienated progressives and fundamentally moronic libertarians use. You didn't just disagree - you compared someone getting arrested for doing something illegal to the reins of Fransisco Franco and Mussolini, leaders who killed their political opponents by the thousands.

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