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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