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Kim Dotcom denies responsibility for mass copyright breach

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"I have to tweet less" ... Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

"I have to tweet less" ... Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

Wellington, New Zealand: Kim Dotcom, wanted in the United States on charges his internet company Megaupload.com orchestrated the biggest copyright infringement in that country's history, says he was never responsible for what users did with the content.

"You can't blame me if people upload something to a website we have created for online storage; it's not my responsibility," said Dotcom in an interview broadcast on Television New Zealand's Q+A. "I'm not doing it and I'm not providing anyone with links to that content."

Dotcom, 38, was arrested at his home in Auckland in January after he and the company he founded were indicted in the United States, where prosecutors accused his website of generating more than $US175 million ($169 million) in criminal proceeds from the exchange of pirated film, music, book and software files. After spending four weeks in jail he was released on bail and is awaiting an extradition hearing, tentatively scheduled for March.

If Megaupload is illegal, so are "countless other websites that allow user-generated content", Dotcom said. "We are a hard-drive that is connected to the internet. What you do with it is your responsibility."

The global nature of the internet means the creators of copyrighted content must "come up with new solutions that deal with the reality of the world we're living in", Dotcom said, adding that it's not his job to "police what people are uploading".

Dotcom is continuing a legal battle against extradition, during which it was revealed the Government Communications and Security Bureau unlawfully spied on him prior to his arrest. Dotcom, who was born "Kim Schmitz" in Germany, is a New Zealand legal resident and enjoys the same protection from investigation by that agency as the nation's citizens.

The political dimension to the case will be pursued in the extradition hearings, Dotcom said.

"If we can show the government here has had an active role in the magnitude of this whole case and had a pro-active role to impress the US government, well that's a monster issue," he said.

Dotcom said he wants to resolve the case "in a diplomatic fashion, and soon" because it's going to drag on and embarrass the people who attacked him.

He was non-committal on whether he would seek damages, saying that if he were, the US government and Hollywood movie studios may be in his sights as "there's been a lot of bad faith and a lot of misinformation going on in this case".

Washington Post

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