Megaupload may have shut down in January after its founder Kim Dotcom was arrested on copyright infringement charges, but the cloud storage service is now facing new civil lawsuits from the music and film industries. The lawsuit claims they "willfully engaged in, actively encouraged, and handsomely profited from massive copyright infringement of music" on Megaupload. Megaupload Limited played an active role in ensuring that it had the most popular content on its servers, that the URL links to those infringing content files were widely disseminated on the Internet, and that the links were advertised and promoted by pirate linking sites, so that the maximum number of Megaupload users would access the infringing content," claims the RIAA's filing.
Kim Dotcom wants the world to be able to watch his extradition appeal on YouTube. A New Zealand judge ruled Wednesday that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges. He's been on house arrest for four years, but his current digs make it look like anything but.
Kim Dotcom, the German-born enigmatic founder of file-sharing website Megauploadis wanted by the U. The U. Dotcom was arrested at his lavish mansion in New Zealand in January on charges of enabling copyright violations and intellectual property theft.
The six major U. The suit claims that the defendants profited from illegal content that was hosted on their site because it allowed them to sell subscriptions and advertising to a broader base of consumers looking for cheaper, digital access to programming. The studios ask for unspecified damages associated with content they claim was uploaded and distributed illegally. The site was taken down by the FBI that same year and millions of dollars worth of assets were seized.
Featuring helicopters and scores of armed police, the dramatic, night-time raid on the remote luxury mansion of a larger-than-life comic book villain in January last year had all the trappings of a Hollywood blockbuster. This, however, was real-life. Indicted for copyright infringement, racketeering and money-laundering, he faces up to 50 years in jail if convicted.
The colorful founder of Megaupload -- a former hacker with a fleet of luxury cars, a multimillion-dollar mansion, and a cadre of celebrity pals -- denied charges of Internet piracy in a New Zealand court Monday. The year-old was born Kim Schmitz, but legally changed his name to Dotcom as an homage to the business that made him big bucks. He faces extradition to the U.
Kim Dotcom is set to relaunch Megaupload next year, hinting it will include elements of Bitcoin. The content sharing platform, first established inwill come back with GB of free cloud storage and no limits on data transfer, Dotcom said in a series of tweets outlining his plans. Megaupload 2.
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost another bid to dodge extradition to America on charges of copyright infringement and money laundering. Mr Dotcom — who is from Germany and was originally named Kim Schmitz — and his co-accused have consistently denied the US charges. But the judge ruled in his ruling the accused could be extradited on the fraud charges because they constitute as crimes in the Australasian country.
Kim Dotcom, the flamboyant Web baronis planning to relaunch his once popular Megaupload file-sharing website in —five years to the day after the US government shut it down amid accusations of piracy. In a series of tweets posted over the weekend, Dotcom hinted that the new Megaupload would involve Bitcoin, while he also promised "big announcements" would be coming regarding partners for the site. Previous users of the site will apparently have their accounts reinstated with premium privileges.
United States v. Kim Dotcom, et alCrim. Four individuals in New Zealand and one in the Netherlands are currently resisting extradition to the United States for trial on these charges. Though the extradition hearing for the defendants in New Zealand was originally scheduled for Augustthe hearing date was recently delayed to July 7,