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Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom is the founder of Megaupload, a now-defunct file-sharing online service that was registered in Hong Kong. The German citizen also has residency in New Zealand and Hong Kong. In January 2012, Dotcom was indicted in the US and accused of racketeering by facilitating massive copyright fraud. He was arrested in Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand, during an armed raid and is fighting extradition to the US.

Hong Kong a key battle ground in US copyright case: Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom has about HK$300 million financial assets currently frozen in restraint order.

Renegade internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says Hong Kong is a key battleground in his fight to stop the US government extraditing him to face charges of mass copyright infringement.

Sunday, 14 December, 2014, 8:40am

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom not a flight risk, New Zealand judge rules

Kim Dotcom (right) arrives at Auckland District Court in Auckland, New Zealand on November 27, 2014. Photo: AP

Indicted internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom defeated efforts by prosecutors to send him back to a New Zealand jail or make him wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

2 Dec 2014 - 12:18am

Kim Dotcom going to court to unfreeze his assets

Kim Dotcom

Lawyers for internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom are seeking to retrieve HK$330 million worth of assets seized by Hong Kong customs officers in 2012 at homes and offices linked to his Megaupload website.

27 Apr 2014 - 5:52pm 2 comments

Kim Dotcom launches New Zealand’s Internet Party ahead of national poll

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom, accused by Washington of being one of the world's biggest internet pirates, plunged into politics yesterday with the launch of a party to contest New Zealand's general election in September.

28 Mar 2014 - 12:17am

Kim Dotcom's new company Mega to list on New Zealand stock exchange

Kim Dotcom launches Mega in Auckland in January, 2013. The company offers services similar to Dropbox and Google Drive. Photo: Reuters

Mega, the internet file-storage company launched last year by the indicted entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, announced plans yesterday to list on New Zealand's stock market.

26 Mar 2014 - 4:59am 1 comment

Dotcom to fund Kiwis' next America's Cup challenge

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says he will fund NZ's next America's Cup challenge. Photo: AP

Emirates Team New Zealand - facing a struggle to stay afloat after its epic failure in the America’s Cup - was offered an unlikely financial lifeline on Friday from internet mogul Kim Dotcom.

28 Sep 2013 - 3:50am

Kim Dotcom plans to set up political party in New Zealand

Kim Dotcom wants fair internet pricing no data caps. Photo: AFP

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced yesterday that he plans to launch a political party in New Zealand to contest next year's elections, drawing a scornful response from Prime Minister John Key.

3 Sep 2013 - 5:19am

Kim Dotcom blasts New Zealand police ‘cover-up’

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. Photo: AFP

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused New Zealand police of selectively applying the law on Friday after they opted not to prosecute intelligence officials who illegally spied on him.

30 Aug 2013 - 8:51pm

New Zealand speaker 'sorry' for releasing journalist's phone records

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks to the media after coming face to face for the first time with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Photo: AFP

New Zealand's speaker of Parliament has apologised to a journalist whose phone records were provided to an inquiry probing how she got a leaked report on the nation's spy agency.

31 Jul 2013 - 3:30am

Kim Dotcom ‘in tears’ after Megaupload files deleted

"This is a sad day for the internet," said Kim Dotcom on Twitter. Photo: AFP

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said on Thursday he was “in tears” after a European company deleted all the data it was hosting from his shuttered file-sharing site.

Netherlands-based LeaseWeb announced it had deleted all Megaupload files from 630 servers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong lawyers for Kim Dotcom fear they may be victims of US cyberspying

Kim Dotcom. Photo: Reuters

The global cyberspying scandal exposed by American whistle-blower Edward Snowden has taken a new twist, with the Hong Kong law firm representing internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom voicing fears US authorities may have intercepted confidential communication with their client.

19 Jun 2013 - 9:26am 17 comments

New Zealand police ordered to return Dotcom material

Kim Dotcom at the Dotcom Mansion in Auckland New Zealand. Photo: AFP

A New Zealand judge on Friday ordered police to return any digital material seized in an armed raid on internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s mansion last year not directly related to the prosecution against him.

31 May 2013 - 3:40pm

Kim Dotcom may sue Twitter, Google, Facebook over copyright

Kim Dotcom in Hong Kong

Ex-Hong Kong resident and flamboyant internet mogul Kim Dotcom said he was considering legal action against tech giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook for infringing copyright on a security measure he invented.

24 May 2013 - 2:43am

Kim Dotcom mulls suing Twitter, Google for ‘copyright breach’ on 2-step authentication

Kim Dotcom said he invented “two-factor authentication”. Photo: AFP

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said on Thursday he was considering taking legal action against tech giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook for infringing copyright on a security measure he invented.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

New Zealand’s top court takes Kim Dotcom appeal

Kim Dotcom. Photo: AFP

New Zealand’s highest court ruled on Thursday that it will hear an appeal by Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three colleagues as they seek to avoid extradition to the United States.

The appeal to the New Zealand Supreme Court involves a ruling on evidence and represents one strand of the complex legal case against executives from the file-sharing site.

16 May 2013 - 5:40pm