Kim Dotcom: "I'm No Piracy King"

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Kim Dotcom may be many things—international playboy, car collector, ladies man—but as far as he's concerned, a pirate he is not. In his eyes, he's simply a man who offered a storage solution.

Released on bail last week, Dotcom has wasted no time in talking to the media. He has a bit of a way with words and, speaking to the Guardian, he managed to compare his problems with the Iraq war:

"It's kind of like weapon of mass destructions in Iraq, you know? If you want to go after someone and you have a political goal you will say whatever it takes."


But it's not all quite that cringe-worthy. He manages to be fairly philosophical—if one-sided—on the topic of piracy. Again, speaking to the Guardian, he said:

"Where does piracy come from? Piracy comes from, you know, people, let's say, in Europe who do not have access to movies at the same time that they are released in the US.

"If the business model would be one where everyone has access to this content at the same time, you know, you wouldn't have a piracy problem. So it's really, in my opinion, the government of the United States protecting an outdated monopolistic business model that doesn't work in the age of the internet and that's what it all boils down to.

"I'm no piracy king, I offered online storage and bandwidth to users and that's it."


Way to oversimplify, Kim! But, embracing his self-proclaimed innocence, he's planning "a safe future for [his] kids". Maybe he should wait until his extradition hearing, scheduled to begin in Auckland in August, before he firms anything up. [The Guardian]