Kim Dotcom Discusses Megaupload History, Entertainment industry

Kim Dotcom, founder of file locker site Megaupload, has begun speaking out about his arrest and the charges brought against him, describing it as an "MPAA sponsored" attack.

As part of a phone conversation with Torrent Freak, Mr Dotcom has also been refuting several claims made by the authorities. One of these was that he and his staff deliberately promoted pirated content by sharing links, in an effort to build the reputation of Megapload as well as gain advertising revenue from the traffic.

In one specific instance, Mr Dotcom is accused of sharing a link to a 50 Cent song. While he doesn't hide the fact that he did upload the track - a randomly selected one from his collection that was legally paid for - it was done so with a private link that was only shared with the CTO; the track was never downloaded.

Another part of the indictment against Megaupload is that Warner claims the site and staff blocked it from deleting infringing copyright. Dotcom points out that allowing the studio to do so isn't something that's legally mandated, but was voluntarily offered. He also showed statistics that revealed Warner was able to delete almost 20 times that of another big copyright hound, Disney.

In other reveals, Dotcom showed emails from Warner and Disney that showed them eager to work with the file sharing site and its companion Megavideo, providing "exciting entertainment content." These emails were dated late 2008 and early 2009. The only real proviso given by the former of the two was that it felt a little "uncomfortable with a couple of the provisions of your [MegaUpload] Terms of Use that we [Disney] feel may jeopardize our rights in our content. We were hoping that you would be amenable to reviewing a 1-page agreement we have drafted that we would like to use in place of your Terms of Use."

They weren't the only two media firms interested in working with MegaUpload however. Fox also wanted to get onboard, offering its new advertising scheme known as "Fox Audience Network." All three of these companies are members of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), one of the big organisations lobbying for MegaUpload's seizure and shutdown.

In one final big revelation relating to the number of government as well as other authorities that have accounts at Megaupload - still, even with the site inoperable at this time - it's now known that 15,634 members of the military have signed up in the past.Over 10,000 of these upgraded their accounts to premium - which cost hard cash - uploading a total of nearly 341,000 files which accounted for more than 96 terrabytes of data.

These go hand in hand with members of the FBI, US senate and many other organisations. With accounts linked to domains like: dhs.gov, doe.gov, fbi.gov, hhs.gov, nasa.gov, senate.gov, treas.gov and uscourts.gov, there were over 1,000 in total. Due to the reduced number, there weren't quite as many file uploads as the military lot, with just over 15,000 files added to the online locker in total. These came from just 344 paid accounts.

While these numbers are far lower, it shows how not every member of US government agrees with the MegaUpload take down - at least in private. It's unlikely any of them will come out and oppose it directly, but as with the case against torrent search site The Pirate Bay, perhaps we'll see information leaked about the investigation by those within the organisations perpetrating it.

If you're a member of any US government organisation involved with this - the MPAA or RIAA included - and you disagree, we'd love to hear from you. Scandalous information only please.