July 26, 2012
Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has decided to fight back against US charges of copyright theft that cost him his liberty and froze his fortune in New Zealand. The founder of groundbreaking file sharer Megaupload has launched an online song pointing out that his arrest was part of a larger attack on Internet rights.
But the song is only part of a larger campaign to dismiss the charges that have been made. In fact, it has just been announced over at RT.com that a major organization’s anti-piracy report suggests charges waged at Megaupload have been exaggerated.
A memo penned for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) by the organization’s chief-anti piracy officer, “decimates the piracy allegations” that have been leveled at Megaupload. The IFPI says that Dotcom’s company “largely abided by the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.”
No doubt, Dotcom has yet more revelations planned. His song, now on YouTube, will likely garner millions of hits and is part of this larger campaign. But Kim Dotcom is not just fighting the US justice system. He is fighting a formidable disinformation machine.
Here are some quotes. Each was found at or near the top of an article or YouTube clip about Kim Dotcom. The feedback queues themselves are positive in nature toward Kim Dotcom but somehow at the beginning of each queue a negative comment attaches itself. The pattern is fairly clear and is repetitive day-to-day…
Kim Dotcom – Mr President
Wow. You’d almost forget the guy is profiting from crime with all this singing about sharing and free-dom. Sharing stolen property and charging a fee for as much of it as the end user may be willing to pay for, to get it more quickly than the next guy etc. ISN’T free! FYI: Tubby didn’t get that way from being a starving Buddhist monk..
Kim Dotcom – The Interview
In the good old days of yore, pirates sailed the oceans on ships looting and pillaging and, generally, having a jolly good time of it all. Pirates were caught and executed for their crimes. No shipwright was ever prosecuted because pirates used their products. Same thing with Megaupload. It is simply the ship upon which pirates sail.
Kim Dotcom Compares Himself to MLK in New – Mashable
I hate the idea of Kim Dotcom painting himself as a revolutionary character. The man is the oppressor; he is so rich and he got rich by charging people for their freedom. This is just sickening, I was apposed to my country extraditing him to the US but now I couldn’t care less.
Megaupload Megavideo CEO Kim Schmitz NZ Immigration status questions
Quite ironic, while New Zealand initially started off as an island for deported criminals … [Reply] Convict Records “Between 1842 and 1861, 1499 juvenile offenders, aged 10 to 20, from the Isle of Wight’s Parkhurst Prison, were transported to the Australian and New Zealand colonies”
[Reply] Convict Records “Between 1842 and 1861, 1499 juvenile offenders, aged 10 to 20, from the Isle of Wight’s Parkhurst Prison, were transported to the Australian and New Zealand colonies”
See for yourself. Read the comments over on youtube or in articles . What kind of person would sit around composing feedbacks attacking Dotcom and Megauploads? And how come the comments always end up at the top of the queue late at night (when they won’t be dislodged).
While it is entirely unconstitutional for the Pentagon and other US Intel/military facilities to be fashioning promotional campaigns to attack America’s perceived enemies, this is exactly what they are doing. They do it regularly, on these boards as well.
It is a scandal of the century. Via wiretaps and other mechanisms, the Pentagon, CIA, FBI and other facilities of oppression are attacking the domestic alternative media with clinical determination. Having identified the enemy, the functionaries involved will often send cryptic email messages to alert the target to his or her plight. The idea is to shut down original reporting since the implication is that the journalist is under surveillance and that any private sources shall be immediately compromised.
Within the context of feedback queues, Donald Rumsfeld’s “war on the Internet” is carried forth by phony feedbacks. Often, the feedbacks are self-referential, referring to each other as if one individual had discovered in the other a sign of sanity. “Everyone is mad except me and thee.”
The height of this referential lunacy may be found in the scandal over the “Gay Girl in Damascus” last year. This lesbian blogger was exposed as a male graduate student who claimed he had gotten carried away with writing in the voice of the female character he’d created.
It later turned out that “she” had blogged at a lesbian website also run by someone who was actually a man. In this case, the male in question had a military background.
Likely American Intel agents posing as lesbians no doubt think such disinformation campaigns are “good fun.” But cumulatively the damage they have done to legitimate journalism is almost incalculable and deeply malevolent.
It is this sort of campaign that people like Dotcom confront if they decide to fight back. But often that is the only choice available. (Eventually, Dotcom may confront a choice in that will offer him survival within the context of a judicial deal or possible death via “suicide” … probably a “heart attack.”)
Yet, at the same time, people like Dotcom do make a difference. The act of the defiance itself and Dotcom’s determination to resist the pressure he is under that may have considerable financial ramifications not merely to Dotcom but to the larger media industry.
Dotcom is an agent of change not because of his innate numeracy but because the time is right. The old media models are crumbling. People are inventing new ones. It is inevitable. US Intel is on the wrong side of this fight. Of course, the West’s Intel agencies do NOT serve their respective countries but are agents of the global monetary elite. It is these elites that want to silence people like Dotcom.
The free flow of information via the alternative media is disrupting the plans of these dynastic families to develop global governance. Applying copyright as a weapon to retard the flow of information via file sharing (in Dotcom’s case) is part of the larger push toward the global authoritarianism that these elites determinedly promote.
As Dotcom himself points out, the rollout of movies that tends to occur in leisurely waves is a major culprit in copyright “theft.” Asian viewers, for instance, may not be willing to wait six months in the digital era for a particular cinematic event to come their way.
Additionally, technology is making it easier for bootlegging to occur. The twin difficulties of an outmoded business model and the advancement of technology are providing an almost existential challenge to those who want to maintain the system for a variety of reasons.
Before Megauploads was shut down, Dotcom and his colleagues were working on a new business model that would have allowed musicians to offer their music directly to users via his services. This is likely the future of media, one that will bypass or at least minimize traditional middlemen, especially if such middlemen work in ways that are actively hostile to the customers apt to purchase their products.
Dotcom is well on his way to turning himself into a kind of technological martyr. The argument he is making with increased force is that his company was shut down based on charges of copyright evasion that were not yet proven. In other words, the sentence – confiscation of his life’s work, a billion dollar company – preceded the trial.
He points out in a recent interview that Megaupload processed billions of files and only perhaps 100 million were the type that might be perceived as potential copyright violations. But US law prohibited Megaupload officers from asking users what was in their files.
If copyright holders were so upset, he asks, why didn’t they sue Megaupload? Megaupload was a middleman itself, allowing 200 million customers to store files. The servers on which the files are stored have been confiscated and the US Justice Dept. and the FBI wants to erase the files. It is hard to avoid recognizing the taint of vindictiveness.
Dozens of companies, some a lot larger than Dotcom’s, offer roughly the same kind of services yet they have not been attacked, nor shut down.
In a larger sense, the case has already transcended Dotcom. Those in Hollywood and elsewhere who have looked to the Megauploads case to provide them with a definitive end-date when it comes to copyright fraud may indeed have created a watershed event.
In fact, it may mark the beginning of the end of the 20th century model of copyright as much as the demise of Megauploads. Copyright in the 21st century may look nothing like copyright in the 20th. The ramifications are substantial, and will have important financial as well as sociopolitical ramifications. They are important for freedom as well.
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