Just last week, we reported that Steve Wozniak had met with Megaupload’s founder Kim Dotcom to show his support. Now Wozniak is speaking out, and he isn’t very happy, offering some harsh words towards the U.S. Government’s Treatment Of The Megaupload case.
Woz, being a big supporter of the EFF and Dotcom, is now backing up his actions with these words regarding the case:
When crimes occur through the mail, you don’t shut the post office down. 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.
In addition, Woz feels that the Government is screwing Dotcom by not allowing him access to his assets, saying:
How unfair that the United States will allow him living expenses out of his frozen assets but not give him any legal fees. The side with access to the funds spends millions on lawyers hoping the other side goes bankrupt and gives in. Shame on the system that permits this one-sided advantage. Kim is well enough liked and respected that his legal team is working without up-front payment.
Unsurprisingly, Wozniak also had some thoughts on copyright infringement, claiming that Dotcom was doing all he could to stop piracy on his site. According to Woz:
I scratch my head wondering why the studios went after the guy doing more than can be imagined to remove the links the studios wanted removed,” Wozniak wrote. “Heck, I use my iDisk (MobileMe) and dropbox to share files by sending links to friends. They might even be copyrighted materials. I might even send a song in an e-mail to my son, although if I think he’ll keep it I will use the ‘Buy gift’ feature in iTunes. But there are so many legitimate uses to peer-to-peer file sharing and cloud storage.
Woz has been a supporter of Dotcom all the way through his case so far, and his recent words only back up his stance on the issue even more. We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything further from Wozniak about Dotcom.