While the mess gets sorted out, the outspoken Dotcom isn’t keeping quiet. In a television interview recorded at his mansion where he is on house arrest, a calm and well-spoken Dotcom insists he and his site are protected from liability for the actions of their users.
“We have been sued only once, never by any, you know, movie company or big content company and we have spent millions of dollars on legal advice over the last few years and our legal advisors have always told us that we are secure,” he says on the video.
Dotcom also talks of the genesis of MegaUpload, the viral growth of the company, his wealth, and the mechanism that allowed content providers to remove from the site copyright-infringing links. He said, in fact, that members of the Motion Picture Association of America have removed over 15 million such links.
“If the business model would be one where everyone has access to this content at the same time, you know, you wouldn’t have a piracy problem,” Dotcom says. “So it’s really, in my opinion, the government of the United States protecting an outdated monopolist business model that doesn’t work anymore in the age of the Internet and that’s what it all boils down to.”
He adds, “I’m no piracy king. I offered online storage and bandwidth to users, and that’s it.”
Because of the procedural snafu, a judge will have to rule on whether Dotcom’s property should be returned to him. To make that happen, Dotcom’s attorneys will have to prove authorities demonstrated a lack of good faith.
Here’s the video interview.
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