Dotcom confident copyright cartel is on the back foot

Controversial MegaUpload boss Kim Dotcom found himself in a spot of bother when Big Content decided he was the next target they had to go after. But, in an interview, Dotcom seems outwardly confident that the US indictment is on the losing path.

Speaking with TorrentFreak, Dotcom said that the indictment is flimsy as the very best. He said that all in, the only examples Big Content had against him are two copyrighted songs. One was a 50 Cent MP3. Although the indictment suggests a “single click on the link” sends a user to a MegaUpload page making the song available for download, Dotcom insists that the file was sent purely as a test to the company’s CTO and that, regardless, he owned the song legally anyway.

He told TorrentFreak that the song had “zero downloads”. The other file mentioned in the indictment was a Louis Armstrong song – Dotcom claimed that it was sent by another defendant also as a private link.

“According to the Department of Justice,” he said, “I am an infringer, and this is all they got? One song?”

Besides, Dotcom claimed, the copyright holders have wildly exaggerated his position. Although the indictment says Dotcom insisted on a 5,000 link deletion limit per day, it turned out Warner Bros ended up with the power – given voluntarily – to delete 100,000 each day. In fact, big media companies like Disney, Warner, and Fox allegedly wanted partnerships with MegaUpload.

Dotcom also believes that a copyright cartel with close ties to Washington had targeted him and Megaupload for political point-scoring rather than for monetary reasons.

While Big Content throws its legal clout at Dotcom, he thinks it is doing the US a disservice over anything else: the case will scare off businesses who depend on hosting, cloud, payment processes and ad networks. In turn, that more liberal countries will be able to steal the business away from the US – with the job losses “substantially” outweighing the “inflated losses claimed by the MPAA & their billionaire club.”

TorrentFreak’s full interview, along with links to related posts, can be found here.