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Security and privacy talk mix with glitz and glam at Mega launch

Siobhan Keogh | Jan. 22, 2013
A helicopter with 'FBI' printed on the side at one point circled the crowd as men in black rappelled down the side of the Dotcom mansion

"They are trying to blame us for an internet phenomenon. This wasn't a Megaupload phenomenon, that there was piracy on Megaupload," he said. "You can ask any ISP that connects users to the internet, 'How much piracy traffic do you have on your network?'. And anyone who will tell you less than 50% is a liar." 

Every internet company has to deal with piracy issues, Dotcom said, including reputable organisations like YouTube. 

"Why are they coming here, to New Zealand, [to] rip me out of my house when everyone has to deal with the same issues? They can't blame me for the actions of third parties." "If someone speeds in a car they bought you don't go to the car manufacturer and say, 'We're shutting you down.'" 

Dotcom also spoke of sister service Megabox, which is yet to be launched. Megabox is to be a service designed for musicians to upload music and get royalties when their music is played on the website. 

"Megabox is still under development," he said. "It will take at least another six month before that site goes live. I'm a perfectionist and I'm not going to release a product that I'm not 100% sure of. And Megabox still needs some improvements. But it's going to be an awesome site, it's definitely going to change the music industry." 

Dotcom said Megabox would give the power back to the artists and creators of content. Artists using Megabox will keep the "lion's share" - 90% - of revenue from the service for themselves, he said. 

Now that Mega is launched, Dotcom said he will be taking a break from the limelight. 

"I am getting tired of seeing myself in the news," he said, "so I can't imagine how a lot of New Zealanders feel.""The next time you hear from me will probably be when I am in court, fighting my case if it comes to that. I'm going to take myself a step back."

 

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