Kim Dotcom. An empire built on the backs of artists’ work.
Four years ago, Kim Dotcom’s rented mansion in New Zealand was raided. Dotcom hid in a safe room as heavily armed police stormed his palace, eventually finding him and forcing their way into his safe room.
Dotcom was larger than life, surrounding himself with beautiful people, traveling to exotic places on a custom yacht reported to be worth in excess of ten million dollars. Less than a week ago, Dotcom released a film that he claims cost twenty-four million to produce. A vanity piece that showcases a life of debauchery. Paid for in full by artists and their work.
Just how did Dotcom accumulate all this wealth? He operated one of the largest free file sharing sites in the world, MegaUpload. A site that offered the most sought after music and movies without bothering to obtain permission or sign licensing deals. MegaUpload didn’t pay. It was a nearly pure profit business that attracted tens of millions of customers who were all to willing to watch some advertising or pay for upgraded services to enjoy what MegaUpload had to offer.
Dotcom was living the life of a Mexican Drug Lord without having to watch his back for assassins. He flaunted it and now on the eve of his extradition to the United States and the possibility of some serious jail time he’s decided to release a film that will either add time to his sentence or serve as evidence to prove that he is criminally insane. Insane because who flaunts their ill-gotten gains on the eve of a trial?
So, if you’re an artist and wonder why you can no longer make a living, watch the video.
Photo Credit: Kim Dotcom PR Photo