Dotcom launches defence video
Kim Dotcom, the Internet tycoon at the centre of a US investigation into online piracy and fraud has launched a music video attacking US anti-piracy laws and Hollywood’s influence on American politics.
Described by one Twitter user as “Kraftwerk meets Austin Powers,” Dotcom’s Mr President starts with Dotcom proclaiming to the world that “The war for the Internet has begun”.
“Hollywood is in control of politics. The government is killing innovation.”
Posted on his Kim.com website and on Youtube.com, Dotcom challenges supporters of US president Barack Obama asking: "If Megaupload is not back online by November 1st, will you vote for Obama?"
Dotcom's latest salvo follows a challenge to the FBI earlier this month in which the Megaupload.com founder said he was willing to face them in court in the US if they agreed to certain conditions.
The FBI alleges that Dotcom led a group that has netted $175 million since 2005 by copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted content without authorisation.
The four minute-long video, posted this morning, features footage of Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King, and anti-piracy law activists.
Critical of the US Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect IP Act, the song asks: “What happened to change Mr President? What happened to free speech Mr President?”
Viewers are invited to share and use the video freely.