Kim DotCom, the New Zealand-based entrepreneur, is up to his old tricks again.
In a ploy to promote the launch of the Mega cloud storage service, DotCom has taken to Twitter to promise a "press conference like no other."
The press conference will take place at DotCom's mansion, so we should probably expect the extravagant entrepreneur to lay on quite the show. Reportedly worth $30 million, the property comes complete with a fleet of vintage cars, customized shotguns and even an inflatable tank or two.
Kim DotCom is one of the most visible Internet personalities, yet he remains out of reach of U.S. law enforcement. DotCom generated more than $175 million from MegaUpload, the cloud-storage service he founded and a company accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of being an illegal enterprise. The DOJ alleges DotCom and six others encouraged millions from across the globe to pirate movies, TV shows, and other media and then store their booty in MegaUpload's digital lockers.
In January, the United States began trying to extradite him from his home in New Zealand. Since then, DotCom'… Read more
The Motion Picture Association of America told a federal judge in Virginia today that any decision to allow users of the embattled file locker to access their own files risks "compound[ing] the massive infringing conduct already at issue in this criminal litigation" unless proper safeguards are taken to prevent the further dissemination of illegally copied material. (See the MPAA's brief embedded below.)
MegaUpload's servers with approximately 25 petabytes of data are currently unplugged, offline, and in storage at Dulles, Va.-based Carpathia Hosting.
When an FBI raid took down MegaUpload's U.S.-based servers … Read more
MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom has proven to be unstoppable. After the U.S. government's major takedown of the cloud-storage service, which came with charges of racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering, and more, DotCom has escaped extradition to the U.S. for now and was given a formal apology by New Zealand's prime minister.
Emboldened, DotCom has announced that he is building a new file-sharing site called Mega. According to Wired, this new site will work slightly different than MegaUpload but will still let users upload, store, and share data files. DotCom also intends to make it raid-proof.
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A new music service from MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom was given the video treatment today.
Kim DotCom posted a video on YouTube today showing off a new music service that he, and what appears to be a large development team, are working on. The two-minute video includes everything from a listing of artist songs to some details on functionality, including the ability for users to upload their music to the service.
Megabox was first revealed last year as a technology that promised to transform the music industry by allowing artists to sell their own music and earn 90 percent of the revenue … Read more
When Megaupload's founder Kim DotCom's mansion was raided in January, he claimed far too much force was used with unnecessary helicopters circling and elite forces arriving armed to the teeth. Now there's video to prove it.
Released by New Zealand's 3News, the video starts with a helicopter flying over DotCom's compound and landing directly in front of the massive mansion. Four armed officials jump out and run toward the house. As the helicopter takes off, ground forces are seen coming in through the gates.
The U.S. piracy case against MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom appears to have run aground, with a New Zealand court ruling that the search warrants issued in January were invalid.
New Zealand High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann ruled Thursday that the warrants did not adequately describe the offenses alleged, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald. "Indeed they fell well short of that," she said. "They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid.''
She also ruled that it was unlawful for the data confiscated in the raid to have been sent offshore, saying "… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Ray Bradbury may soon be honored online with "451" error code for Internet censorship.
- Time Warner Cable grabs patent to prevent DVRs from skipping commercials.
- Twitter to grant Web sites extra characters with "expansive tweets."
A New Zealand court has ordered the U.S. government to get ready to give MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants copies of the data from servers seized by federal agents, ComputerWorld reported today.
The data includes over 10 million intercepted emails, financial records and more than 150 terabytes of data stored on servers seized in New Zealand.
The same court told the U.S. in May that it had three weeks to show the evidence that supports its indictment against MegaUpload managers.
In January, the U.S. government indicted DotCom and five others connected to the company … Read more