Quoted: Woz on Kim Dotcom and copyright enforcement

“When you can’t stop something like a steamroller, get out of the way.”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on overzealous copyright-protection efforts in the Internet age. Wozniak, who was seen in a photo with Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom last week, has criticized the U.S. case against Dotcom. “How unfair that the United States will allow him living expenses out of his frozen assets but not give him any legal fees,” Woz said in an email to CNet. Dotcom, who is under house (mansion) arrest in New Zealand after the Megaupload file-sharing site was shut down earlier this year by U.S. authorities who accuse him and the site of enabling online piracy (see GMSV coverage), has not exactly been repentant or silent — or deterred. Dotcom is working on Megabox, a music website that will allow artists to sell their songs directly to consumers. After joining Twitter last week, the man who has been described as a millionaire playboy also reportedly hosted a pool party for a Twitter follower over the weekend. And, also using Twitter, he — or someone tweeting as him — has poked fun at his legal troubles. Wired has rounded up some of the tweets and photos, some of which refer to the charges against Dotcom and a couple of others. One photo of him and his alleged co-conspirators holding tennis rackets is accompanied by the following tweet: “conspiracy to commit racketeering.”

 

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