Mega Man: Kim Dotcom claims he wants to protect internet privacy. The US says he’s the internet’s biggest pirate. This report meets the man, as the future of the internet and $500m in copyright claims hang in the balance.
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This remarkable footage captures the special forces raid on Kim Dotcom’s house last year. His lawyer called it: “A political contract hit…” So why are the US and now the New Zealand government so desperate to get the self-styled Dotcom? The flamboyant 39-year-old tycoon says he just makes a good scapegoat. The United States want him extradited on copyright, money laundering and racketeering charges over his now defunct file-sharing website, Megaupload. Before being shut down, it’s alleged the site netted US$175 million and cost copyright owners US$500 million. But now Kim’s launching a new one, Mega. The US believes that it will be another site hosting copyright theft. Kim claims it will change the internet, by protecting online privacy. “The US is spending billions on these spy clouds where they basically capture all internet traffic, all the time. Mega is a mission to give people their rights to privacy back.”
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