Man behind Megaupload remains defiant
Kim Dotcom, the 37-year-old man behind Megaupload.com, was already a notorious figure in the online file-sharing world before he was forced out of the “panic room” of his $24m New Zealand mansion and arrested, in one of world’s largest criminal copyright cases. >>>
A list of property subject to forfeiture, contained in the DoJ’s indictment of Mr Dotcom and seven other individuals, included more that 20 sports cars, including several Mercedes, a Maserati Gran Cabrio and a Rolls Royce Phantom. Many of the cars featured personalised numberplates reading GOD, EVIL, HACKER, MAFIA and GUILTY. Other items seized include three 82-inch TVs, a statue of sci-fi character Predator, and 60 Dell computer servers, alongside $175m in what the DoJ alleges are “criminal proceeds”, spread across more than 60 bank and online payment accounts, registered from New Zealand, Hong Kong and the Philippines to Germany and the Netherlands.
After being denied bail at an Auckland court on Friday, Mr Dotcom and his alleged co-conspirators will spend the weekend in jail, as the US seeks his extradition. As he appeared before the court, Mr Dotcom said he did not mind the press attending, saying: “We have nothing to hide.”
The indictments and raids and arrests clearly demonstrate that SOPA is not needed to effectively protect copyrighted material. This was an international investigation and they are arresting people all over the world who participated in this enterprise. (Note the ultimate pirates starting a War on Piracy.) So once again the government takes a sledgehammer to crack a nut.