Kim Dotcom interview

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A few weeks ago we reported that new details released by federal prosecutors pursuing the founder of Megaupload reveal the real Kim Dotcom, a hypocritical profiteer making money from the creative works of others while duping the media into supporting his image as a technology ‘entrepreneur’.

The first ’60 Minutes’ broadcast of 2014 took that hard evidence into account, while also offering up the idea of a miscast Hollywood villain.

While this tabloid headline approach makes for better publicity, it is purely the invention of Dotcom himself, as he continues to weave his own fiction to mitigate the inevitable reality of the prosecution ahead.


Fact vs. Fiction

Considering for a second that Dotcom himself has called into question the integrity of ’60 Minutes’ – albeit before the opportunity arose to use their platform to further his own publicity spin – the interview has a tendency to focus on the personal fiction rather than the facts of the ongoing legal prosecution.

Kim Dotcom 60 Minutes tweet

Kim Dotcom tweets outs against 60 Minutes last year

When he suggested that the program had committed ‘credibility suicide’, he probably didn’t envisage using their platform to further his own PR campaign for the year ahead.

That fiction is one that Dotcom attempted to propagate on ’60 Minutes’ in his interview, yet the facts presented by pro-copyright respondents on the program managed to overpower the pantomime that he would have us believe. It’s hard not to laugh at his allusions – or should that be delusions? – to being “the easiest person to sell as a villain,” at least for Hollywood and the U.S. government.  When an individual builds a platform that allows him to amass more than $175 million in profits from illegally shared content, ‘villain’ would certainly be one term for it. ‘Criminal’ would another.

Further in, the suggestion is made that Kim Dotcom is some form of crusader for technology, an innovative businessman for the digital age. More fiction, although Megaupload certainly paved the way for many other illegal file-sharing sites after it to profit from technology.

The fact is that Dotcom created the first affiliate storage scheme to incentivize piracy, rather than simply facilitating it as many sites before had done. This also makes the claim that he should not be held responsible for the actions of others ring equally hollow. He not only knew that his profits came from illegally shared content, but created a scheme to increase the level of that piracy, while also attempting to limit the amount of it that could be removed under DMCA copyright infringement claims.


The Pursuit Continues…

The 60 Minutes Kim Dotcom interview shows the self-styled ‘entrepreneur’ reveling in the opulence of a mansion, and a lifestyle gained by profiting from the creative works of others, without offering them any form of compensation.

For any creators who have poured their heart and soul into their work only to have it stolen and shared without permission, the only revolt being inspired will be the nausea of seeing a career criminal living in luxury and not yet brought to justice.  Those hot on his heels will hope to remedy this situation in the year to come.

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