Kim Dotcom mounts freedom campaign
Raps against Obama, rallies against Hollywood
Megaupload founder and Hollywood’s most wanted, Kim Dotcom has taken his fight against the US authorities to new social and viral levels launching an anti-Obama campaign on his personal website.
In a call to clicks, kim.com , declares that “the US government has declared war on the internet, millions of Mega users want their files back. If Megaupload.com is not back online by November 1, will you vote for Obama?” and features a poll and sign-up to join 'the movement.'
Dotcom tweeted yesterday, “expect this movement to get crowded. August 1st we start inviting 200 million emails from our Mega database to join us!” Earlier the new self-styled internet freedom vigilante tweeted,”one man and his keyboard with the Internet behind him might render a billion dollar re-election campaign fund useless.”
The showcase of the revamped website is a new musical offering from the rapping dilettante, dedicated to President Barack Obama. Posted on Friday, it attracted 200,000 views in the first 24 hours with Dotcom declaring it a hit and pushing the viral buttons all weekend.
Clearly Dotcom has not been idle while awaiting his extradition trial under house arrest in New Zealand. Aside from mounting his very vociferous public campaign defending Megaupload’s innocence, he has hinted at the launch of a new cloud based offering and has been working the international press.
In an open, ‘copyright free’, letter to the entire entertainment industry published in this week’s Hollywood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kim-dotcom-megaupload-extradition-350605, Dotcom declares to Tinstletown: “I have the solutions to your problems. I am not your enemy.”
He asserts that providing "freemium" cloud storage and “speed of light” data transfer to society is not a crime, but is beneficial to society's evolution.
“What will Hollywood do when smartphones and tablets can wirelessly transfer a movie file within milliseconds?,” he asks.
Dotcom maintains that his Megaupload services operated within the boundaries of the law and calls for a “happy ending” to the saga.
“Regardless of the issues you have with new technologies, you can't just engage armed forces halfway around the world, rip a peaceful man from his family, throw him in jail, terminate his business without a trial, take everything he owns without a hearing, deprive him of a fair chance to defend himself,” he writes.
Ultimately, he claims, the netizens of the world will support his bid for internet freedom. “The people of the Internet will unite. They will help me. And they are stronger than you. We have logic, human nature and the invisible hand on our side.”
I was surprised..
I was surprised at the extent to which the local police kissed USA bum and descended on him with armed SWAT and all - massively overacted on insufficient evidence (according to local judiciary).
I'd have more sympathy with him, though, if he wasn't such an egomaniac jerk.
Re: I was surprised..
I thought he would be a jerk too by default from all the press snippets Ive seen. But after actually watching 45 mins of interviews and hearing him speak fully (eg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvrRaeHD5TE) I am totally swayed the other way.
Why do otherwise decent countries around the world keep bending over for uncle Sam? + Doesn't this make New Zealand citizens uneasy with their government knowing that they'll let this sort of thing happen?
Even "egomaniac jerks" are entitled to due process of law.
This debacle was simply Mr Key doing his obedient poodle routine for Uncle Sam, and over-ruling rightful Police objections as to the (il)legality of the process. Crown Law Office assisted the minister in charge of making us look like a banana republic (aka "Minister of Justice") with pushing the operation through against Police objection.
I'd be interested to know whether the "SWAT on steroids" approach was Police making a point about the excessive stupidity of the operation, or whether the Politicians managed to find enough nutters within Police to put together what they must have presumed would impress our Imperial Masters. (Sadly, it's more likely the latter.)
By the way, how many millions in damages do you estimate we'll we be paying out to the "egomaniac jerk" after the courts toss this little operation onto the scrapheap alongside the other recent government over-reach cases? Do you think Uncle Sam will reimburse us?
More suspicious developments:
Nah, no political string-pulling in this case... It's all that evil fat foreigner being an evil-doer and panicking Hollywood's geriatric egomaniacs.