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January 19 2013

21:31

Kim Dotcom: the internet cult hero spoiling for a fight with US authorities | Technology | guardian.co.uk

… The case against Dotcom and his allies rests on proving that they were profiting, knowingly and willingly, from the illegal sharing of copyright-protected material – in effect, that the exchange of pirated goods was part of the Megaupload business model. “That’s complete bullshit. Excuse my language, but that’s just crap,” says Dotcom.

“Megaupload was created initially as a service that allows you to send large files because email attachments had limitations … and that’s still the case today. The popularity and initial growth was all around that. This was never set up with the intent to be some kind of piracy haven. If the US government says that we are a mega-conspiracy, a mafia that has created this kind of thing to be a criminal network of pirates, they’re completely wrong … for them it was about shutting it down and dealing with it later on the fly. They are hacking the legal system.” …

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