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NZ Prime Minister apologizes to MegaUpload's Kim DotCom

By Rick
Sep 28, 2012
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  1. Today New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key issued an apology to Kim DotCom for failing to protect him against illegal surveillance performed by NZ authorities. DotCom is the brains behind the long defunct MegaUpload, a file sharing service shut down...

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Not this again. They really need to do two things for this case. Either prosecute him or let him go. Second put him on a treadmill, he could use the exersise.
     
  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,078   +76

    He is going to be acquitted, and rightfully so. This entire case has been one big cluster f*** on the part of the authorities. Apologizing is the very least the PM can do.
     
  4. This guy makes me want to vomit. I think his girlfriend does.
     
  5. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 566   +105

    Gotta love internet tough guys..they are always good for a laugh.
     
  6. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    As long as you don't, you'll be fine ;)
     
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  7. A guy is wrongfully prosecuted, so wrongfully that a PrimeMinister issues a formal apology. If you still want to vommit, it must have been something you ate...
     
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  8. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    So it's the prime ministers fault that I can't download all the good files [​IMG]
     
  9. Let this D-Bag go so he can make money off everyone else?
     
  10. Everyone who makes money make it "off everyone else". He ran a file hosting service that made him a fortune because of people abusing the service. There are countless other sites still doing the same thing. They all work the same way... if a file is reported to be illegal, they remove the link. What more can they do? Youtube is full of illegal content as well... why not go after them?

    M E G A Upload to me today. Send me a file. Megaupload. Meeeeeeega.
     
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    How do you make money without other people?
     
     
  12. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @above Guest.
    Yes you are correct, however his copyright infringment case is not only one that he faces. There is also the embezzelment case against him. What you are descibing that Mr. Dotcom has done is close to a drug dealer middleman. He isnt directly hosting the files, he is however offering a service that allowed ppl to commit copyright infringment. As for those countless other sites that you state. They are slowly but surely being taken down.
    The loss of all that potential revenue that is lost due to piracy is enough to even get the Lawmakers off their butts so you can bet that we wont see any letup on closing those sites.
     
  13. Comparing to a drug dealer middleman is illogical. That business is illegal through and through. It's more like shutting down a performance car dealership because of street racers. File hosting is a legitimate business with legitimate sales. People abuse the service...
     
  14. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 566   +105

    "@above Guest.
    Yes you are correct, however his copyright infringment case is not only one that he faces. There is also the embezzelment case against him."

    "Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz January 21, 1974), also known as Kimble and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, is a German-Finnish computer programmer and businessman who generated much publicity during the dot-com bubble and was convicted of insider trading, and embezzlement in its aftermath."
    http://celebritycribs.info/megaupload-founder-kim-dotcoms-mansion-in-new-zealand/

    Might want to get a newer version of the interwebz..This is OLD news.

    " What you are descibing that Mr. Dotcom has done is close to a drug dealer middleman. He isnt directly hosting the files, he is however offering a service that allowed ppl to commit copyright infringment. As for those countless other sites that you state. They are slowly but surely being taken down."

    Well if this is the case, then we should shut down every library in the world. Then shut down cable companies, ISPs, Google, etc. All of these facilitate the downloading or copying of copyrighted material.


    The loss of all that potential revenue that is lost due to piracy is enough to even get the Lawmakers off their butts so you can bet that we wont see any letup on closing those sites.

    All potential revenue is a guess at best. You can't lose money you did not have in the first place. Every one of these media outlets claim they have lost billions to illegal downloading. Some of them can not face the reality that their product is doo doo and nobody wanted to buy it anyways.

    Please keep posting your MPAA/RIAA Handbook answers though, I am always looking for a good laugh.
     
  15. Prime minister:
    I apologize for my government's blunder... but you're still a pirate so we will get you next time.

    kim dotcom:
    lol.

    music/video industry:
    ffffff********.

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    seriously, the new zealand government should resign because it kowtowed to the whims of the u.s.a.
    what the n.z. government allowed is an act not of a sovereign state.
     
  16. corby

    corby TS Rookie

    Every ISP in the world are profiteering and with making millions from copyright theft/infringement with facilitaing people to infringe with uploading and downloading copyright material through them but have the US government got the FBI to shutdown all these ISP's or even prosecute anyone of them? I doubt any ISP will be prosecuted or shutdown because they will argue that they cannot be held responsible for what people upload/download through them and if so then Megaupload cannot also be held responsible for what people upload/download to store on the server. Also Megaupload complied with DMCA takedown notices and not only that Megaupload also gave studios direct access to its system with allowing them to delete the links to the files that the studio has a copyright to, so it seems kind of ironic that the MPAA (with the help of the US government and FBI) who own these studios to prosecute Megaupload for criminal copyright theft when their own studios were given and allowed access by Megaupload to delete its own files that they had the copyright to.
     
  17. The reason people pay for megaupload because they get illegal content.
     
  18. The reason people buy aftermarket performance car parts is because they do illegal street racing.
     
  19. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    I'd have paid for mega upload even for the legit content. As long as it was beneficial
    WHERE IZ UR PROOF
     
  20. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Enthusiast Posts: 355   +57

    You can find illegal content on every cloud storage website, there is no exception. I have found warez and other things on Google, SkyDrive, and many other sites so why did they go after MegaUpload? I mean MU was actually doing what the MPAA and RIAA said and was taking down every link they said was infringing and even made it simpler for them to get rid of them. Seems to me they were just looking to make an example of someone and MU was used for that reason.
     
  21. It is time for Mr Dot Com to go home. Wherever that may be. He has been fun, but his meddling in our domestic affairs cannot be tolerated.
     
  22. @Guest above - Kim Dotcom is already at home. He was granted residency in New Zealand last year whether people like it or not.
     
  23. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    I'm impressed! And dumbfounded. The PM and the head enforcement bureaucrat both admitted an entire country's government was (gasp!) in the wrong and then actually apologized. To a citizen, no less. I wish I could be a citizen of a country like that. With a government that realizes its loyalty should be to the people, not the other way around. Imagine that.
     
  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,900   +711

    John Key = Publicity seeking just-for-the-sound-bite politico looking for brownie points from the 15-second attention span electorate.
    Chickens come home to roost in 3...2...1...
    [source]
    Pretty standard stuff wherever you go. Less a victory for government oversight than a reinforcing of the view that elected office- paying less than the private sector, also tends to attract a lower standard of smarts/acumen than business in general.
     


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