Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom gives first TV interview: “I’m no piracy king” | News

In his first interviews since his arrest in January Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has spoken about his arrest, calling it an “unexpected nightmare.”

The internet content hosting website was shut down earlier this year, with the authorities charging Megaupload, its founders and employees of copyright infringement, that is said to have taken more than $500 million away from copyright holders and generated over $175 million in proceeds from subscriptions and advertising.

Dotcom speaks about his situation coming as a complete surprise saying that legal advice assured him he was protected as an online service provider and would not be liable from the actions of their users.

He went on to explain about how he founded the file sharing website, how quickly it expanded and claimed there were staff whose jobs were to take down any material that might infringe copyright.

However, the indictment against him alleges that the basis of the infringement is that Dotcom and Megaupload took down individual links to copyrighted material but left the material remained online.

He goes onto claim the case against him is political, giving his reasons on why he feels he has been scapegoated and explains why the business became so fruitful.

An interview worth watching, visit 3news.co.nz to watch the full interview.