Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

February 27, 2012 -

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom says that when all of the court room drama is over, his company will win the fight against the U.S. government. Speaking to TorrentFreak over the phone (because he is not allowed to use the Internet), Dotcom said that he was doing fine now that he is out on bail and catching up. Dotcom was released on bail February 22. During the interview he recalled the chaos of January 19 when New Zealand law enforcement invaded his home to arrest him.

"You should have been here, it was amazing, it was like a war zone. Armed police everywhere….two helicopters," Dotcom recalled. “The New Zealand authorities certainly put on a show for the FBI."

While Dotcom is confident that he will win, first he has to fight the U.S. government’s extradition to face a litany of charges related to his file-sharing site in New Zealand's court.

Dotcom also says that this confidence in winning the fight against U.S. charges is shared by his co-defendants – Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

"We’re going for this and we’re confident we’re going to win," he said. "It [the heavy handedness] went way too far, it was out of all proportion. We feel that the action taken against us was political."

Source: TorrentFreak


Comments

Re: Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

"I will win this court battle just as handily as I won that battle where they tried to arrest me and I locked myself in a panic room with a shotgun. ...Wait"

Re: Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

At they very least, if there was indeed pirated material on your sit,e police it better.

Re: Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

Obviously you have never considered the impact of a user contributed site in which every piece of content must be prescreened for copyright infringement. Here is a hint, it is nigh impossible. 

Think about Youtube for a sec. It supposedly has 48 hours of content uploaded every minute. Can you honestly say that it is easy to prescreen that for something as nebulous as copyright infringement?

Re: Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

Eh, that's a good point, I mean, Youtube's robot take down is overzealous at best and ripe for abuse at worst.

Re: Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

Indeed. A program will have a ton of limitations and most certainly false positives. Also, let's not forget that Megaupload had a ton of legit content. Many people used it to store files for work, school, family photos, and many other things in a place easily obtainable. Some (including a co-worker of mine) even paid good hard earned money for a premium account NOT for piracy but to take further advantage of the storage capacity. All these people are now deprived this service because of some stupid entertainment industries whom are still living in the 1990's when it comes to business models. It's just sad how New Zealand is bending over backwards for the large US corporations. Ummm.. why? Who cares about them! They can fold tomorrow and it's not like it will destroy the entire country in the process nor would it be the end of music and filmmaking.

Re: Megaupload Founder: We Will Win Court Battle

I hope they do as all the crap the gov has tossed at them is conquincidental at best.


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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