A quick look: The Megaupload Kim Dotcom hullabaloo

Megaupload.com’s CEO Kim Dotcom is at the center of file sharing website’s battle with the US over copyright, pirating and money laundering charges

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It has all the makings of a Hollywood movie

US law enforcement going after a colorful, rich, well-aliased man with lots of fast cars and a tight security system around his home. The main character, 37-year-old Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz today was remanded into custody in New Zealand where he lives. The judge in the case said Dotcom was an extreme flight risk given his access to lots money and his use of multiple aliases. The US Department of Justice last week charged Megaupload.com with running what it called an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works. The take-down ignited an online battle as Anonymous took out the DoJ and some entertainment industry sites in retaliation.

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The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz, is seen at court in Auckland, New Zealand. The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload was ordered to be held in custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, as he denied charges of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities were trying to portray the blackest picture of him.

A flight risk

Dotcom is a 'flight risk', Crown prosecutor says. Here we see others from the company, from left to right, Mathias Ortmann, Fin Batato and Bram Van der Kolk, and Kim Dotcom, in court .

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Luxury cars

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, one of 18 luxury vehicles that New Zealand police say they restrained and placed in the control of local law enforcement, all from the residence of Kim Dotcom.

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Fast cars

Several Mercedes vehicles also from the Dotcom collection.

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Lawyers

Lawyers for Kim Dotcom Paul Davidson (L) and Willy Akel walk at the North Shore District Court Auckland before Dotcom was denied bail.

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Denied bail

Paul Davidson, lawyer for Kim Dotcom talks to the media outside the North Shore District Court Auckland January 23, 2012 after Dotcom was denied bail.

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Dotcom crib

The Dotcom Mansion, home of accused Kim Dotcom, who founded the Megaupload.com site and ran it from the $30 million mansion. Almost 80 New Zealand police on Friday raided a mansion in Auckland, which was said to be tightly secured and arrested Dotcom a German national with New Zealand residency.

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Welcome

The entrance of the Dotcom Mansion.

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Security?

Giraffe statues stand in the grounds of the Dotcom Mansion.

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Supporters

Supporters of Kim Dotcom leave the North Shore District Court in Auckland after Dotcom was denied bail. A New Zealand judge reserved his decision on Monday on whether to grant bail to the founder of online file-sharing website Megaupload ahead of an extradition hearing on charges of internet piracy and money laundering.