Kim Dotcom is the founder of Megaupload, a popular website that shared movies, TV shows, and music among other things. Megaupload was thriving up until 2012, when the federal government shut down the website and brought an online piracy suit against the company.
Dotcom has always maintained that the case is stacked against him. He recently tweeted the following:
Dotcom claims that the U.S. government, along with close ally New Zealand (where Dotcom lives), conspired to take down his file-sharing empire at the request of Hollywood studios. Major music labels as well as the film industry have also hit the company with separate lawsuits.
Dotcom talked to the website TorrentFreak.com recently about the bounty:
“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…
“It is the opinion of my legal team that disclosure of such information would be lawful. I would also guarantee any whistleblower coming forward would have the best legal representation at zero cost.”
Dotcom and his 3 co-defendants will have their extradition hearing on July 7 in Auckland, New Zealand. If they are extradited, they will face charges of racketeering, money laundering and copyright theft here in the U.S. The charges carry a jail sentence of up to 20 years.
The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Dotcom and his associates netted $175 million in criminal proceeds, costing copyright owners more than $500 million in revenue.
Read the full story from The Guardian here.