5 votes

3D Printed Guns? Kim Dotcom Says “No!”

Internet entrepreneur and enemy of the State Kim Dotcom is a consistent, outspoken critic of copyright laws. You may remember Dotcom from a dramatic FBI led raid of his New Zealand residence over a year ago. The raid resulted in his arrest and seizure of assets from his cloud storage service Megaupload. In the time since this event an epic legal battle between Kim Dotcom (yes that is now his legal name) and the United States government has unfolded. Earlier this month Mr. Dotcom’s legal team released a white paper slamming the US government’s prosecution tactics and inconsistent copyright policy.

The popular file sharing site Megaupload, which Dotcom was the chief founder, has long been shutdown. Dotcom, not one to sit idly by and accept defeat, has moved on to his next big entrepreneurial venture, Mega. Mega is a free storage space that encrypts uploaded files so that only the user holds the decryption keys. Dotcom hopes the file storage model used by Mega will deliver a final crushing blow to State copyright laws.

When considering the pro file-sharing stance Dotcom continues to champion, it is surprising to learn of his recent statement opposing certain uploads to his storage site Mega. Dotcom apparently has ordered his staff to remove uploads containing blueprints for the world’s first wholly 3D printed firearm.
Continue Reading

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Didn't Mega claim that user

Didn't Mega claim that user files are encrypted and can't be identified by staff?

I thought they did

So I have no idea how they are able to claim to be able to remove specific content.

My guess

Is that DotCom is just afraid of the extra heat he'll get for being known as the guy distributing 3D gun plans, drawing the ire of government's even more. He's lucky to not be in jail right now; I doubt he wants to push the envelope much further.

Of course, this in in way justifies his unprincipled stance.

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

The thing is

He doesn't seems to be afraid of the heat he gets from the State over copyright infringement. He's probably lucky to not be in jail, but why stop pushing the envelope now? I would guess it's not a tactically move, but a personal view.

I think

Marc is right, it opens up a whole new avenue of attack as a "weapons ditributor" or some kind of smuggler. Who knows how they would go at him. He should be more honest with us though and admit he can only fight one battle at a time.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com


They will invent a new term for distributing weapons plans (or maybe one already exists) and apply that to it. However, if it's all encrypted how would they prove what was on there? Wouldn't hold up in a court.