Kim Dotcom has compared the US department of justice charges against him and his Megaupload website to the weapons of mass destruction claims in the lead-up to the war against Iraq, accusing American prosecutors of doing the bidding of the US film industry to prop up its “outdated monopolistic business model”.
In his first substantial interview since being arrested at his mansion north of Auckland, New Zealand, on 20 January, Dotcom denied that he was a “piracy king” and said the attempt to extradite him to the US to face charges of copyright and racketeering rested on “fabrications and lies”.
“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,” said Dotcom.
“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 So it’s really, in my opinion, the government of the United States protecting an outdated monopolistic business model that doesn’t work in the age of the internet and that’s what it all boils down to.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.”