Official Trailer for Documentary on 'Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web'
by Alex Billington
July 20, 2017
"You don't do a raid like this and get away with it." Gravitas Ventures has debuted the first official trailer for a documentary titled Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, telling the story of the controversial internet maven known as "Kim Dotcom". He is the founder of MegaUpload, and is being pursued for copyright infringement and money laundering in the United States. Born under the name Kim Schmitz in Germany, Dotcom now lives in New Zealand, hiding out there to prevent from being extradited. The documentary tells the story of the "Most Wanted Man Online", directed by New Zealand doc filmmaker Annie Goldson. As the quotes say, this does look fascinating and important and powerful. I'm always very curious about docs about the internet, because there's so much to explore and to examine. This is a short trailer, but I'm already sold.
Here's the trailer for Annie Goldson's doc Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, direct from YouTube:
From his high-security compound in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) has been fighting off extradition to the US where charges against him span copyright infringement, embezzlement, conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. If convicted, the "pirate" would face hard time, but he maintains what the 50 million users of his infamous platform, MegaUpload, do with their content is not his problem. The larger-than-life tale of Dotcom, the "most wanted man online," is extraordinary enough, but the battle between Dotcom and both the U.S. government and entertainment industry is one that goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age. Three years in the making, eternally timely in subject matter, the story chronicles a spectacular moment in global online history, dubbed the 'largest copyright case’ ever, the intense agency raid on his palatial estate, and the truth about what happened. Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web is directed by filmmaker Annie Goldson, of the docs Punitive Damage, Sheilas: 28 Years On, An Island Calling, and Brother Number One previously. This first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. Gravitas Ventures releases Kim Dotcom direct to VOD starting August 22nd this year. Anyone?
There's some kind of saying around here which says, from the thief's point of view: 'stealing is a nice business, the only problem is the police which won't let you do it'. I think that can be applied here, but not neutrally. He's as big criminal as film producers are. None of them is something I like or respect. Both sides are powerful enough to play with all of us. So far, juridical system has chosen, publicly, mostly one side of that game, while I think they are the third one in all this story of 'copyright infringement' which adds and brings, beside money game from the first two, the power game to the table ...
shiboleth on Jul 20, 2017
"I think that can be applied here, but not neutrally." No, it cannot. He never stole anything from anyone. Source : Dictionnary: steal = to take (something) from someone.
guilamu on Jul 21, 2017
Ok, I might go with that but only because I really don't know the details about him. And I would even agree that all those problems arising about torrent sites and online sharing is criminalized intentionally. But I just don't believe that those people behind those sites don't have any use of what they are doing. Since, I don't see internet as a place where people share food or clothes, or whatever would secure other people's dignity, I see fight over right to share other things, culture mostly. Which doesn't have to be bad, naturally, since it can mean the beginning of something bigger and better. But I'm not sure if this is the true nature of sharing, in fact it's just very small part of it...
shiboleth on Jul 21, 2017
Such a strange and interesting figure. I dig what he fights for. I'll never forget when he made that stupid, Megaupload song and somehow got every name rapper and musician to sing in it.
DAVIDPD on Jul 21, 2017
I like this dude, he is a thief but I like him
petermccormack on Jul 21, 2017
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