“When you can’t stop something like a steamroller, get out of the way.” – Wozniak.
Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak, on a visit to New Zealand last week, was photographed next to Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload. Although the photo had generated quite some press, Wozniak had yet to make a comment about the photo. And now, CNET reports that Kim Dotcom has full support from Wozniak. Kim Dotcom, arrested in January for charges of online content piracy, is embroiled in a legal fight against the US government. His file-sharing site, Megaupload, has been shut down.
Wozniak in an interview, made it clear: “When governments dream up charges of ‘racketeering’ for a typical IT guy who is just operating a file-sharing service, or accuse him of mail fraud because he said he had removed files [to alleged infringing content] when he’d just removed the links to them, this is evidence of how poorly thought out the attempt to extradite him is. Prosecutors are attempting to take advantage of loopholes.”
Even before the US forced the site to shut down, Wozniak says, Megaupload was deleting the link to infringing content, and that such stern measures by the government only “halt” digital innovation. “When you can’t stop something like a steamroller, get out of the way.” stated Wozniak.