Former Megaupload chief Kim Dotcom's long, wild ride through the courts has crashed into another setback, with the Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal in the 2012 seizure of his assets in New Zealand.
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Mega and Kim Dotcom have had a rough time of it, with complex ongoing legal battles that have sapped his few remaining funds. Part of the problem is that US holds all his money and assets and are doing their best to keep it all for themselves.
Kim Dotcom is probably the most wanted man in the movie theatres' fight against piracy. He's under investigation by the FBI, and they're trying to extradite him from sunny, safe New Zealand to the States. But those pale in comparison to his latest problem: his account on Mega, the cloud storage site he founded last year, just got terminated. Oops.
A 191-page document has been shown in the case of the United States vs Kim Dotcom, and within are details of the operations of Megaupload, and the flaunted wealth of Dotcom himself. While Dotcom is in the middle of separate legal action against New Zealand for potentially extralegal spying, the US will use Skype chats, financial data, and email content in their own court case.
Kim Dotcom has a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. He's fighting off international criminal charges, he's a Call Of Duty champion, he's a musician, and now it turns out, he's also a patent vendor. Kim claims to own the patent that deals with Twitter's new two-factor authentication service, and he wants to sell it to me.
In a statement to TechCrunch that was conspicuously devoid of live-tweeting, helicopter chases or any underwater components, Kim Dotcom announced that he has instructed the Mega staff to delete any public copies of the blueprints for this week's fully 3D-printable gun.
Kim Dotcom's Mega has been trudging on into the future, so far without any sort of considerable pestering from one pesky United States government. In the meantime, Dotcom's been doing his best to beef the service up, offering cash money to anyone who could strengthen its encryption. And now he's taking Bitcoin. Because of course.
Kim Dotcom seems like such a jovial fellow. He loves a laugh, digs his Call Of Duty and lives a life that can only be compared realistically to that of Tony Stark. Tonight he sits down for an Australian interview with SBS, and I think we should all be scared for the US Justice Department and Dotcom's own brand of Jason Bourne-style revenge.
A few weeks into its existence, Mega is holding up pretty well. It's fended off its first round of takedown requests, and it's still crouched safely behind its wall of protective encryption. In fact, Dotcom is so confident that he is offering free money to anyone who can break it.
In addition to protecting itself from your pirated content with its see-no-evil encryption, Kim Dotcom's Mega service aims to stay on the law's good side by playing nicely with copyright takedown requests and keeping that super important DMCA safe harbor status. So far so good, too; it's responded to an early batch of requests with all due speed and efficiency.
Tired of Kim Dotcom yet? No? OK, here's a pretty good interview with Russia Today in which the Megaupload founder chats up his fight with the US Justice department, possible extradition and the new Mega.