Kim Dotcom has never been shy. And in December 2011, roughly a month before things for Dotcom were set to drastically change, he still oozed with bravado: Dotcom released a song ("The Megaupload Song") in conjunction with producer Printz Board. It featured a number of major pop stars—including the likes of Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, and Serena Williams—all singing that they "love Megaupload." If the star power wasn't enough, Dotcom placed an exclamation point at the end. In the lyrics, he claimed that Megaupload comprised four percent of all Internet traffic.
In the wake of his failure to make a dent in New Zealand politics, Kim Dotcom has said his name alone spoiled the chances for the alliance of the Internet Party and the Mana Movement.
The result was truly dismal: the Internet Party failed to secure a seat, and Mana's leader Hone Harawira lost his seat, as New Zealand's conservative National Party led by Dotcom's arch-enemy John Key swept back into power with 48.1 per cent of the vote.
Exactly who owns and controls privacy company and website Mega is up in the air after Kim Dotcom announced his separation from wife Mona last week.
Mona Dotcom held the largest shareholding in Mega through a company MD Corporate Trustees until earlier this month when just over 10,000 shares were transferred to Hong Kong resident Zhao Wu Shen.
MD Corporate Trustees is now the third largest shareholder in the company, behind Zao and Wolf Dieter Ortmann, based in Germany. But with the Dotcom's separation, founder Kim Dotcom's status in the company is unclear.
A large trove of electronic communications cited as evidence in the US Department of Justice's copyright infringement case against Kim Dotcom and his company Megaupload were "illegally" obtained, the lawyer representing the file sharing service claims.
Over the weekend, the US DoJ released a 191 page document [PDF] laying out its evidence in the case against Dotcom and his associates.
Kim Dotcom's "privacy company" Mega is developing secure email services to run on its entirely non-US-based server network as intense pressure from US authorities forces other providers to close.
Last week, Lavabit, which counted NSA leaker Edward Snowdon as a user, and Silent Circle both closed. Lavabit's owner, Ladar Levison, said he was shutting it down to avoid becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people".