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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MegaUpload Prosecutors Describe Dotcom’s Case as Fraud

MegaUpload Prosecutors Describe Dotcom’s Case as Fraud

MegaUpload Prosecutors Describe Dotcom’s Case as Fraud

Added: Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Prosecutors recently outlined their extradition case against MegaUpload founder in a New Zealand court, describing the core allegation against the online giant accused of multimillion-dollar online piracy as “simple fraud”. The case has been dragged on from the beginning of 2012. The FBI even labeled it as the “biggest copyright investigation” in history of the United States, which involved advanced technology and heavy investments.


The American authorities that tried to get Dotcom deported to stand trial in the US believe that the accusations against MegaUpload founder were not complicated, despite many words said about the novelty and technicality of the case. However, the evidence boils down to a simple scheme of fraud. The prosecutors pointed out that Kim Dotcom had admitted his culpability in a Skype conversation heard over by US authorities, where he was saying “At some point, a judge will be convinced about how evil we are and then we’re in trouble”.

American authorities have been trying to extradite Kim Dotcom since he was arrested by New Zealand police almost 4 years ago during a raid on his Auckland mansion. However, Dotcom found numerous reasons to delay the extradition hearing, until the court finally ruled that the hearing would go ahead a few days ago.

The prosecutors insist that the now-defunct MegaUpload was part of a scheme to steal copyright-protected content, and Dotcom with associates took part in a conspiracy by deliberately introducing copyright-infringing content to their website and profiting from it.

MegaUpload was one of the early examples of cloud computing, which allowed users to share large files with others without clogging up their email systems. At its height in 2011, MegaUpload accounted for 50 million daily users and 4% of the entire world’s online traffic. According to FBI, about 90% of the content hosted on the website was copyright-protected, and MegaUpload infringed that copyright and earned over $175m in criminal proceeds, while rights holders lost more than $500m.

Kim Dotcom, who moved to New Zealand only 5 years ago, denies all the charges, saying he was a legitimate entrepreneur. He and 3 of his associates face such charges as fraud, racketeering and money laundering, which may result in up to 20 years in prison if convicted in a US court.

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Date:  Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-09-26 16:35:16)
buma129 avatarthey got problems

posted by (2015-09-26 23:38:57)
No avatarWhat a stupid case. MegaUpload is no more responsible for the content that users post in their accounts that Apple is if a user backed up copyrighted music from their iPhone to iCloud. That is the whole point of the DMCA -- a copyright holder sends a take-down notice and in doing so, puts the recipient on notice. As far as I know, MegaUpload never failed to honor a takedown notice. MegaUpload is at most a "facilitator" for infringement, but so is Xerox when someone copies a book using one of their copiers, or Ford Motor Co. is when someone uses their car and hits someone, or as a getaway car. You can't keep back technology with bogus prosecutions.

posted by (2015-09-27 07:28:48)
No avatarThey went after rapidshare when it got big (it closed down later), they went after UseneXt when it got big, it survived all attacks, they went after megaupload when it got big and was going to do megabox, they closed it down and stold all the $. Anyhow, what lies at stake here is the future of the internet, as dot com does not like being spied on or set up by the zionist jews running the world.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2015-09-27 12:44:33)
tonymengela avatarWhen people finally wake up and see that government is the strong arm for corporate monopoly through regulation and law... then they will demand these government agencies abolished.... Regulation is for controlling people and how much money they can have. Government regulation is what causes poverty and crime, and yes world hunger

posted by (2015-09-27 18:41:44)
OnyxShadow avatarThat quote in the second paragraph...

It doesn't sound like something someone would actually say. However, it definitely sounds like something that somebody would say that somebody else said...if that makes sense.

posted by (2015-09-27 23:28:28)
Tparsons5150 avatarI rarely support anything coming out of the US but I hope that win against these guys

posted by (2015-09-29 03:42:20)
No avatar#6 Why do you support mafiaa and friends on this and not free and open internet? With your thoughts and support, basically ever site on the internet that pays advertising/uploads/hosting referrals/etc should be shut down, as this is what this is about.

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