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Kim Dotcom: Caught In The Web

Discover the story of the most wanted man online!

An impressively detailed documentary from Kiwi filmmaker Annie Goldson that won rave reviews after its world premiere at multimedia festival South by Southwest. In the US Dotcom is wanted for alleged infringement of copyright laws committed by Megaupload, the online storage hub he founded.  

The documentary examines the story of the German-born hacker turned internet mogul Kim Dotcom, clearly setting out his battle with the US government and entertainment industry; it goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age.

People have an incredibly wide range of views: Is he a bit–stream pirate or a folk hero? An underdog taking on the US superpower or a thief? A wealthy businessman or a freedom–loving anarchist? Could he be all of these things at once?

Goldson mines archive material (including the NZ police raid of his mansion) and interviews, to explore intellectual property, privacy, profit and piracy in the digital age. 

Wednesday 20 December, 8.30pm 

Short Recap of Events

Tech entrepreneur and owner of the popular file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom arrived in New Zealand with his family in late 2010. Seeking the ‘quiet life’ in the South Pacific, Dotcom rented the largest mansion in the land, settled down with his family into his extravagant, luxurious lifestyle – gifting a $500,000 fireworks display to his chosen city of Auckland on New Year’s Eve. 

And then he crashed. 

In January 2012, 70 heavily armed and helmeted New Zealand police stormed Dotcom’s mansion, at the FBI’s behest, arresting the man and his three “coders” or co-conspirators on a range of serious charges relating to alleged copyright infringement by MegaUpload. But Dotcom refused to be cowed by the seriousness of the charges.

Once out on bail he continued to make multiple waves, gathering around him an unexpected and contradictory group of bedfellows, throwing raves, starting political parties, provoking the powerful - and fighting the charges against him every step of the way.

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