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U.S. movie and music industries hit Kim Dotcom with lawsuits
And just after he launched a political party, too.
The U.S.’s most notorious copyright trade groups are piling on lawsuits against cloud storage site Megaupload, as well as its founder, Kim Dotcom, almost two and a half years after celebrating the site’s seizure by the government.
On Thursday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), filed a suit on behalf of the “big three” record labels, Warner, UMG, and Sony, as well as Capitol Records. It alleges “massive copyright infringement caused by [Megaupload’s] lawless conduct.”
On Monday, the movie industry followed suit. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), on behalf of Hollywood’s biggest studios, sued Megaupload and Kim Dotcom for “intentional, large-scale theft of [studios’] intellectual property.”
Both suits attempt to refute the idea that Megaupload was simply a “file locker” site that let users upload and store their own files. Both point to its “Uploader Rewards” program, which offered financial incentives for users who uploaded the site’s most-downloaded files.
In a sense, Dotcom has paid for this before. Megaupload’s Jan. 2012 seizure was straight out of a pirated blockbuster action movie, and involved armed police helicoptering to Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion to arrest him. He’s since rebounded, creating a new file storage site called Mega, and creating a political party simply called the Internet Party.
Dotcom, at least, was flippant about the news on Twitter.
Hey… anybody did anything wrong on the Internet? Remember to sue me.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) April 11, 2014
Photo by jDevaun/Flickr.
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.