Kim Dotcom offers £3m reward to whistleblowers (Wired UK)


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MegaUpload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom has offered up a $5
million (£3 million) bounty for anyone who can provide information
that can help him win his legal battles.

Kim Dotcom is fighting a copyright battle on a number of fronts.
Not only is he fighting extradition to the United States where he
is wanted by the government for copyright infringement and money
laundering, but he’s also fighting civil actions issued by industry
bodies representing movie and music rights holders — the MPAA and
RIAA.

The $5 million will go to any person who can provide information
that will help him win his case. He told TorrentFreak: “Let me be clear, we are asking for information
that proves unlawful or corrupt conduct by the US government, the
New Zealand government, spy agencies, law enforcement and
Hollywood.”

He says that his legal team is working on how exactly the bounty
might work, but that he could offer money to someone who provided
useful information that wasn’t necessarily case-winning in and of
itself. Dotcom promises to protect whistleblowers with legal
support and anonymity, and suggests they use the SecureDrop tool developed by the Guardian to share any
information they may have.

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Dotcom is convinced that the American government brought
MegaUpload down after the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) — a piece
of legislation that aimed to clamp down on copyright infringement
— failed. He believes that former senator Chris Dodd had joined
the MPAA and promised Hollywood that Sopa would go through. “He
drafted the whole thing and had Congress ready to sign. 75 percent
of the votes were for Sopa until Aaron Swartz and his movement made people aware of what Sopa
was and the public outcry was so great that they had no other
option than to cancel it,” Dotcom told Wired.co.uk last November. “MegaUpload was Plan B,” he added, saying that
otherwise Hollywood wasn’t going to support Obama in his
re-election campaign. 

8 June 2014 | 9:00 pm – Source: wired.co.uk
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