STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Child Porn Seen on Kim Dotcom's Servers
By Staff News & Analysis - May 28, 2012

Child porn removed from Megaupload servers … Child pornography found on Kim Dotcom's Megaupload servers was removed and authorities were alerted, according to his lawyer Paul Davison. United States law enforcement authorities have confirmed images of child abuse were discovered during an FBI examination of the contents of the internet millionaire's cloud storage system. But experts say Megaupload is unlikely to be held accountable because the material was uploaded by customers. Davison told ONE News he is aware the FBI found images of abuse, because it is mentioned in the US indictment. He said Megaupload, like most large server based operations, has systems in place for identifying child pornography so it can be deleted. He also said the prosecution plans to argue the company should have responded to pirated material in the same way as it responded to the images of abuse. – TV New Zealand

Dominant Social Theme: He's a pervert as well as a thief.

Free-Market Analysis: Is the power elite prosecuting Kim Dotcom getting increasingly desperate?

Now the child pornography smear is being rolled out.

It was predictable enough. The powers-that-be are struggling with what we call the Internet Reformation. And just as they did after the advent of the Gutenberg Press, they've identified copyright control as one way to slow down the flow of information.

As the information on the Internet has begun to expose the one-world conspiracy, governmental elites have mulled shutting off the Internet entirely.

As we've pointed out, this is virtually impossible. Never in the history of humankind have people voluntarily given up technological advances. The Internet, interwoven with every aspect of human society, is unlikely to be an exception.

The idea then is to control the Internet but this is easier said than done. There are billions of people on the planet and among these billions is a pool of uncontrolled and uncontrollable programmers, mostly young men, who will continue to utilize the Internet for private purposes.

These private programmers, neither hackers nor malicious rebels, will nonetheless resent statist encroachments on the Internet. There is thus a formidable force arrayed against Internet control.

The power elite, realizing this, has decided in aggregate apparently, that the best way to attack the Internet is to do it gradually. They have used various methods in this regard.

The Internet has been demonized as a deliverer of pornography, especially child pornography. It has been demonized for purveying financial scams as well.

Perhaps the most effective attacks on the Internet have come from those who claim that the Internet violates copyright law. This is a kind of dominant social theme, designed to promote fear of the Internet and therefore lay the groundwork for legislation against it.

Kim Dotcom has been enlisted unwillingly in this overarching battle. While he did understand the risks, presumably, of allowing users to "share" copyrighted material, he likely did not understand the full range of possibilities for attacks against him.

He thought he would be attacked within a civil prosecution. It likely never occurred to him that his resources would be garnished, his company shut down and that he and his colleagues would be tossed into prison.

The very nature of this Draconian response has thrown the case against Dotcom into doubt. And the backlash against what has been done to Dotcom has solidified on the 'Net despite the efforts of top Hollywood elites and others to demonize him.

But the demonization certainly continues – as we can see from this report on Kim Dotcom and kiddie porn. The article's reporting directly mentions Kim Dotcom in the first graf – giving readers the impression that Dotcom himself had downloaded child porn.

You have to read the article carefully to get to reality: The pornography was found on Megaupload servers. Chances are child pornography resides on major servers around the world. That's likely an inescapable fact given pornography's ubiquitiousness.

We wrote a while back in an article entitled, "Is the Case Against Megaupload Coming Apart?" In it we reported that "a Megaupload trial may never happen because the US Government failed to serve the now defunct file-hosting company." We quoted Dotcom as well:

"The US government has terminated Megaupload, Megavideo and 10 other subsidiaries, including a company called N1 Limited that was developing a clothing line," Dotcom told TorrentFreak. "They destroyed 220 jobs. Millions of legitimate Mega users have no access to their files."

There are other problems with the case as well, stemming mostly – from what we can tell – from the over-reaction to charges leveled at Kim Dotcom and Megaupload and from the sympathy he has received because of the perceived over-reaction by the authorities.

Within this context, attempts to brand Dotcom as a kind of child pornographer and Megaupload are likely to be seen as a kind of further desperate attempt to conflate copyright with larger moral failings and criminality.

Dotcom has not proven a pushover. He is fighting back apparently with a movie and book – as well as via the legal system. This is yet another reason why those insisting on the primacy of Western-style copyright are said to have turned their attention to intimidating ISP providers.

ISPs are now to identify users of illegal copyrighted material. The penalty will be warnings, fines or even cessation or service. Presumably civil and criminal litigation will wait in the wings.

After Thoughts

What they cannot accomplish publicly, therefore, they will try to obtain behind closed doors via smears, confiscation and even blackmail.

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