Kim Dotcom, the man behind contrversial online locker service Megaupload.com, does have some friends in high places although it’s unlikely that they are going to be a huge help to him as US authorities get ready to prosecute.
As this Youtube video highlights it wasn’t that long ago that Dotcom was spreading the Megaupload message far and wide with the help of his famous friends.
The video itself caused considerable consternation in December and was removed from YouTube after Universal Music caused a fuss, no doubt distressed by the sight of artists singing the praises of the cyber locker.
The fact that we can see the video now is because Megaupload decided to fight back against what it said was a dirt move by the record label to disrupt Megaupload’s viral campaign. As Dotcom said at the time, Megaupload held the rights to everything on the video
Things have taken a decidedly far nastier turn now that US authorities plan to make things really ugly for Dotcom and his cohorts, but the video highlights the chutzpah, and in some ways the hubris, of Kim Schmitz, AKA Dotcom, who by hook or crook has managed to make a mark on the web and how we use it.
We will have to wait and see how the legal battle transpires and just how heavy a penalty Dotcom has to pay, but he will always have the song and the memory of hobnobbing with music celebrity.