A recent segment on 60 Minutes put the prime time spotlight back on Kim Dotcom, the eccentric millionaire who, until January 2012, ran Megaupload, the largest cyberlocker service of the time.
The 60 Minutes report didn’t really introduce anything new. In fact, much of the information in the reporting was out of date, in particular since the release of some of the evidence against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload. However, that is understandable because, most likely, the segment was produced or at least nearly finished before that document was released.
Still, the reappearance of Kim Dotcom on primetime television gave myself, and others, pause to think about Kim Dotcom, Megaupload and what transpired almost two years ago and what has changed since then.
While I’ve been reluctant to talk about Kim Dotcom directly, instead focusing on the more technical aspects of Megaupload, I realized as I watched the segment that it was going to be unavoidable. Dotcom, through his ceaseless public relations campaign and notoriety, has made himself the focal point of the conversation, rather than his site or his business.
But even if Kim Dotcom really is a sideshow to the bigger issues, he’s should still be addressed, especially as the two-year anniversary of the closure of Megaupload approaches. Simply, if he’s going to be a part of the copyright conversation, we should have a frank conversation about him and that, in turn, is what I hope to do today.Continue Reading