Kim Dotcom: Megaupload Shut Down for ‘Political Reasons’

By | March 27, 2012

Indicted Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom this week characterized a series of a charges he faces in a inclusive racketeering and copyright transgression box as “nonsense” and pronounced his file-sharing site supposing a legitimate use though had been close down by U.S. officials in Jan for “political reasons.”

Seven people, including Dotcom, and dual corporations—Megaupload Limited and Vestor Limited—were indicted by a New York grand jury on Jan. 5 and charged with enchanting in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to dedicate copyright infringement, conspiring to dedicate income laundering, and dual concrete depends of rapist copyright infringement. If convicted, those concerned face adult to 50 years in jail on all charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice worked with a general counterparts to detain New Zealand proprietor Dotcom and others compared with what it called a “Megaupload Conspiracy” on Jan. 19 and shut down Megaupload and compared sites. The indicted generated some-more than $175 million and caused some-more than $1 billion in mistreat around megaupload.com and other sites, a DOJ said.

Dotcom, now out on bail in New Zealand, spoke with TorrentFreak by phone this week, observant he is assured of his ignorance and “excited” about carrying his day in court.

The Megaupload owner told a site that he spends his time poring over a support in a case, “collecting justification that shows how he was framed by a U.S. government.”

Dotcom took emanate with several of a explain a DOJ has done opposite him, including a assign of approach copyright transgression stemming from a couple to one of his possess Megaupload files containing a strain by a rapper 50 Cent. Dotcom told Torrentfreak that a couple was sent to a co-worker to exam a new upload underline on Megaupload and a record itself was never common with anybody. Other charges of approach transgression were likewise off-base, Dotcom said.

He also pronounced that discordant to a DOJ’s assertions, Megaupload gave copyright holders a ability to take down links to calm from a site that they claimed was being infringed upon. One claim by a supervision concerns Megaupload’s purported refusal to concede Warner Bros. to undo some-more than 5,000 links per day on a site, though Dotcom pronounced that after Megaupload postulated a association “the limit share of 100,000 deletes per day.”

Warner Bros. was in fact a many inclusive deleter of links on Megaupload and Megavideo, according to TorrentFreak, stealing 1,933,882 links in total.

But a crux of a DOJ’s box is that Megaupload might have authorised deletion of links to allegedly bootleg files, though didn’t ever undo a files themselves. Dotcom, however, indicated that Megaupload’s authorised group will disagree that this is customary procession and within a discipline of the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Earlier this month, Dotcom told TorrentFreak that among a many people attempting to redeem files hosted on a shuttered file-sharing site are a series of “high-ranking U.S. supervision officials.”

For more, see After Megaupload: 7 Sites a FBI Might Target Next and What Is Megaupload?

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