Steve Wozniak Thinks The U.S. Government Is Screwing Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom


Steve Wozniak's Recent Meeting With Kim Dotcom.
Steve Wozniak's Recent Meeting With Kim Dotcom.

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.

Source: Cnet Via: Gizmodo 



  • SuperPC

    He’s a criminal. MegaUpload’s been doing shady business since day one and he deserves the full prosecution of the law.

  • Reaperducer

    Why am I supposed to care what Steve Wozniak thinks about some random legal dispute? He’s like the Kim Kardashian of the naval-gazing blogosphere. I just don’t give a crap what he thinks about anything. He hasn’t done anything noteworthy or important in decades. Let’s all just ignore him so he goes away.

  • DoeBoyNMEK

    Oh look, it’s a handful of white knights commenting.

  • ApplePr0n

    Why do we care about what Steve Wozniak thinks? He’s the co-founder of Apple yet daily there is a new thing on CoM that say’s what Steve Wozniak thinks…

  • mr_bee

    The sad part, is that if you read what the Woz is saying carefully, you can see he is making no sense at all. The man can’t even utter a coherent sentence and no one sentence actually even follows on the one previous to it in terms of what he’s talking about.

    He has a point about the governments bias and actions, but ignores the fact that Kim himself is being kind of disingenuous when he talks about how he “cooperated,” to remove the links.

    Also, everyone knows that MegaUpload was a skeevy site for uploading stolen content, it was more or less advertised as such as well. it was never used for anything *but* illegal content AFAIK.

  • technochick

    Why do we care about what Steve Wozniak thinks? He’s the co-founder of Apple yet daily there is a new thing on CoM that say’s what Steve Wozniak thinks…

    I basically feel the same way. Yeah he was a co-founder but that was literally years ago. Time for the media to move on and stop using that tag line if they want to talk about this asshat. He’s a troll that is getting attention off the connection. And you know what they say about trolls