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July 24, 2012 10:42 AM   Subscribe

Can someone please tell me what I'm supposed to think about this, because honestly I'm sort of sleepy and sort of hungry and now I'm also sort of confused.
posted by kbanas at 10:44 AM on July 24, 2012 [5 favorites]

You like it. A lot.
posted by mediated self at 10:48 AM on July 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

I can't figure out which parts are supposed to be ironic.
posted by iamkimiam at 10:49 AM on July 24, 2012

Just show up for your day in court.
posted by Ironmouth at 10:54 AM on July 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

I'm sort of glad that this is what he's doing, because if there's anyone in the world who could easily turn into the world's first real super villain -- giant robots, death rays, blowing up the sun -- it's millionaire criminal mastermind and Modern Warfare 3 champion Kim Dotcom.
posted by griphus at 10:59 AM on July 24, 2012 [5 favorites]

Did he ever get his servers back? Or was it all wiped?
posted by KokuRyu at 11:00 AM on July 24, 2012

Every movement needs a catchy pop tune!

(I did like it though)
posted by Big_B at 11:00 AM on July 24, 2012

Just show up for your day in court.

Yeah, well, the government isn't exactly playing fair in his case, insisting that he's not allowed to examine the evidence against him, and trying to insist that he can't pay for lawyers.

He's offered to voluntarily come to the US to contest the case, if they'll unfreeze his assets for paying for legal representation. So far, they haven't been willing to do that.
posted by Malor at 11:07 AM on July 24, 2012 [5 favorites]

The elimination of Copyright is "innovation" in the "pursuit of happiness". Brave New World.
posted by stbalbach at 11:07 AM on July 24, 2012

So... Does this prove that he's an inside job, because... seriously What. The. Fuck?
posted by symbioid at 11:22 AM on July 24, 2012

If they don't throw him in jail for MegaUpload they should do it for that horrible, narcissistic song and video. My god that was insulting and awful.
posted by dobbs at 11:24 AM on July 24, 2012 [3 favorites]

It's like he's trying to out-Stallman Stallman with the images of MLK and shit.

I mean I get it, I think this is important shit and I do think we need to fight shit like SOPA and ACTA and all the other bullshit copyright laws/treaties they're trying to shove down our collective throat, but my lord... Is there like a corollary for Godwin's Law where you lose by trying to paint your side as the hero by invoking MLK?
posted by symbioid at 11:24 AM on July 24, 2012 [2 favorites]

can we call an official boycott of anybody who compares themselves to Dr. King and is not fighting for the economic and political enfranchisement of actual poor people?
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:56 AM on July 24, 2012 [5 favorites]

That's a lot of high-falutin' imagery to protest not being able to download pirated porn and warez.
posted by slogger at 12:49 PM on July 24, 2012 [4 favorites]

It's kind of catchy. A little bit of Kraftwerk, a little bit of 99 Luftballons. Give it time.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:01 PM on July 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Megaupload case appears to be a mega-fiasco for US prosecutors. They may not even get extradition at this point.
posted by humanfont at 1:50 PM on July 24, 2012

It's not as catchy as the Megaupload song.
posted by mediated self at 3:44 PM on July 24, 2012

Truly, he is the El Che of the internet age. Der Che, if you will.

He needs to do a Braveheart-style riding a horse in front of the troops waving a sword speech.
posted by XMLicious at 7:11 PM on July 24, 2012

Needs more luck dragons.
posted by Catch at 7:37 PM on July 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Man, that was the funniest thing I've seen all day. Thanks for that.
posted by converge at 1:04 AM on July 25, 2012

stbalbach: The elimination of Copyright is "innovation" in the "pursuit of happiness". Brave New World.
To some degree, yes, without the sarcasm.

The reduction of the overreach of today's copyright law would foster innovation and increase the pursuit of happiness.

Not as catchy as your phrasing, but dead serious.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:01 AM on July 25, 2012

How would it foster innovation?
posted by dabitch at 12:39 PM on July 25, 2012

By reducing limits on media mixing. Immediately hip hop & similar music would benefit, but also video sampling artists, and any artist interested in working with iconic, copyright-protected cultural symbols like The Mouse.
posted by IAmBroom at 1:07 PM on July 25, 2012

I've met the acquaintance of Kimble, as I know him, several times throughout the travels of my infosec career. It doesn't surprise me that this video encompasses all that he is: an arrogant devious braggart, a determined and self-serving opportunist who loves crappy euro-dance music with cheesy lyrics.

I sincerely have no gripe with the guy, sometimes someone just rubs you the wrong way. He's charismatic in person, jovial and quick, but if you stick around long enough you'll feel a little greasy.
posted by nataaniinez at 2:19 PM on July 25, 2012

From homunculus' link above:
"we see stories of judges in big copyright cases all the time who have strong ties to pro-copyright or copyright maximalist organizations... and people shrug and move on. "

Difference between integrity of US and NZ justice system?
posted by Catch at 5:00 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

IAmBroom, lets use another example, a software company spending a lot of time writing and testing code, and using the money they make from this to invest in more coding (leading to innovation - say making Linux work on a chip you find in microwaves etc). If they can't get paid for the first batch (obs! not "chose not to by sharing it freely under a GPL licence") they clearly won't be putting money into researching more (read: keep engineers and coders employed).
posted by dabitch at 10:19 AM on July 26, 2012

True, dabitch, but I never suggested abolishing copyright entirely. I instead suggested reducing the overreach of modern copyright law - IOW, returning to its original scope and intent.

That software company had better do something else to survive 75 years past the death of the original programmers!
posted by IAmBroom at 11:35 AM on July 27, 2012

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