After the US government raided Megaupload, closed the site down, prevented any data from being retrieved, arrested him, tried to have him deported, restricted bank accounts and assets and all on extremely shakey legal grounds. That seems to have annoyed Mr Dotcom.
The lawyers Rothken and Amsterdam say:
“The prosecution seeks to hold Megaupload and its executives criminally responsible for alleged infringement by the company’s third-party cloud storage users. The problem with the theory, however, is that secondary copyright infringement is not – nor has it ever been – a crime in the United States.”
“The federal courts lack any power to criminalize secondary copyright infringement; the U.S. Congress alone has such authority, and it has not done so. As such, the Megaupload prosecution is not only baseless, it is unprecedented.” Rothken and Amsterdam write.
He and his lawyers have written a 48 page white paper found at http://kim.com/whitepaper.pdf. He states his intentions straight from the off and holds nothing back, calling out the US government.
“The criminal prosecution of Megaupload and Kim Dotcom is purportedly the ‘largest copyright case in history,’ involving tens of millions of users around the world, and yet it is founded on highly dubious legal principles and apparently propelled by the White House’s desire to mollify the motion picture industry in exchange for campaign contributions and political support,” as the white paper begins.
It goes onto say:
“The U.S. government’s attack against Megaupload bears all the hallmarks of a contract prosecution: a case resting on erroneous theories of criminal law, littered with due process violations and prosecutorial abuses, carried out for the benefit of a select few in exchange for their political and financial support,” the lawyers write.
“In the name of eliminating copyright infringement, Hollywood has exerted a corrupting influence in Washington, leading us all down a slippery slope that not only threatens innovation and Internet freedom, but also has profound implications for constitutional principles of free speech, privacy and due process.”
“Megaupload and Kim Dotcom are today’s targets, but the crosshairs can just as easily be trained on anybody who dares challenge or inconvenience a special interest that holds sway in Washington, and the current Administration – with its notoriously insatiable appetite for campaign contributions – seems all too willing to cooperate.”
He’s a brave man to do this and I applaud his actions, its certainly one for the people. The realisation that the US government can be bought by commercial entities would be a good wake up call to the American people, its been going on for decades and is endemic political system. What the founding fathers never wanted. With the power of the internet it might be different this time.
I hope he’s avoiding any plane journeys and checks the brakes on his car from now on!