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Megaupload boss 'records music album'

The Local · 2 Apr 2012, 11:43

Published: 02 Apr 2012 11:43 GMT+02:00

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The flamboyant Schmitz, who is known as Kim Dotcom, applied for and was granted permission to do so while on bail, according to reports coming from New Zealand where he faces possible extradition to the US.

The tycoon was last month granted a monthly allowance of nearly €37,000 and access to his new Mercedes Benz car while on bail.

His lawyer has now also applied for Dotcom to be allowed access to the internet, which he said his client needed to help prepare his defence.

Dotcom, who was born in Kiel and had a colourful career in Germany before moving to New Zealand, is also recording a music album which he says involves a number of as yet unidentified international artists.

The New Zealand Herald reported this weekend that one track he was working on was called “Welcome to the Good Life” and includes the lyrics, “Sleep all day, party all night, have whatever you like, whenever you like.”

In a story reportedly written after a visit to his house, the paper said Dotcom was sure he was going to have a global hit with the music. Another lyric is, “You don’t need no copyright to dance.”

Dotcom’s wife Mona gave birth to twins last month, welcoming little Kylee and Kiera to their siblings Kimmo, Kaylo and Kobi.

Dotcom was arrested in a spectacular raid in January, with police arriving at his mansion near Auckland in helicopters only to find him locked in a panic room.

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The Megaupload site and associated sites, which allowed users to upload files including copyrighted material, which could then be shared free via the internet, have been closed down.

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Your comments about this article

12:45 April 2, 2012 by slawek
Wasn't the accusation $500 million over a time period of 2 weeks for music downloads alone? Which would mean the actual claim would be 13 billion US$ a year, whereas the entire US music industry is 20 billion. Just citing.

See youtube: Kim Dotcom Interview 3news
13:15 April 2, 2012 by boopsie
This is a no brainer for someone who knows the file sharing business, its not about music, its about the notoriety. A "music" album is the natural extension of all the attention he's getting - some people will buy anything. I love the lyrics - ¦quot;Sleep all day, party all night, have whatever you like, whenever you like.¦quot; One look at him and you know he knows what he's talking about.
16:07 April 2, 2012 by raandy
This guy gets busted for online piracy, which means his money is or assumed to be obtained by illicit means, and he will be required most likely by a US court to pay restitution.

Now he gets 37,000 Euros a month and the use of his Mercedes plus is going to record a music album. Something wrong with this picture.
09:54 April 10, 2012 by murka
This sounds sooo staged, just to distract and irritate the public at the time where MPAA and Co are pushing their pro-copyright agenda.
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