updated 04:35 pm EDT, Mon March 26, 2012
Kim Dotcom calls indictment MPAA-sponsored
Kim Dotcom, the MegaUpload founder who was arrested and his site shut down by the US government, is now speaking out quite vigorously against the government and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He stated that Megauplaod wasn't a host for pirates, but instead a legitimate service that was likely shut down for political reasons, TorrentFreak reported. He goes on to call his indictment as being MPAA-sponsored and allegedly has evidence that will prove his innocence.
Also, he claims to have five e-mails shared with TorrentFreak sent by reps from Disney, Warner Bros., and Fox that have them suggesting a few types of partnerships. Warner Bros. wanted a tool to upload content from the studio to the site more efficiently rather than one at a time.
US government workers, US military employees, and MPAA member companies even had multiple accounts at MegaUpload. Many purportedly had premium accounts, and the 15,364 soldier among them may have been using the service to swap photos and videos with family at home.
The accusation that he illegally shared a 50 Cent song is unfounded, he said, because the song was purchased legally and the link was meant for internal upload testing purposes. The link had never been published and the URL to the song had zero downloads, Dotcom said. What's more, the US may not even have jurisdiction in this example, as the song was uploaded from a Philippines-based IP address to a European server. The statue of limitations also means the 2006 incident can't be used in court.
Content owners were also given access to delete their copyrighted works, but they argue they were limited to how many they can delete, Dotcom said. He went on to say the ability was given voluntarily and wasn't a legal requirement. Also, Warner Bros. removed nearly two million links from MegaUpload sites.
Dotcom said he has an answer to all claims in the indictment and the above are just some of the many examples.