The Most Wanted Man Online
Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web – 2017 | Annie Goldson
A story of innovation, conspiracy and shocking persecution, Kim Dotcom has been described as a parasite, a criminal and as evil. He prefers to position himself as a resistance fighter who has seized an opportunity afforded by a technological revolution of which lawmakers can’t maintain pace.
Tech entrepreneur, and owner of the popular file-sharing site, MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom arrived in New Zealand with his family in late 2010. Seeking peace and quiet, Dotcom rented the largest mansion in the land and settled down into an extravagant, luxurious life with his family. In January 2012, it all came crashing down. At the FBI’s behest, 70 heavily armed officers stormed the mansion, arresting Dotcom and his coders on a range of charges relating to alleged copyright infringement by MegaUpload. Dotcom refused to be quieted.
Once out on bail he continued to make waves, gathering around him an unexpected and contradictory group of bedfellows, throwing raves, starting political parties, provoking the powerful and fighting the charges against him every step of the way. People have an incredibly wide range of views: Is he a bit–stream pirate or a folk hero? An underdog taking on the US superpower or a thief? A wealthy businessman or a freedom–loving anarchist? All of the above?