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A Hong Kong judge has come to the rescue of Kim Dotcom, the accused internet pirate and founder of Megaupload.
With Dotcom running low on cash and his ability to pay his legal fees in doubt, Hong Kong's High Court granted him access to some of his money there, according to the South China Morning Post. Wilson Chan Ka-shun, the Hong Kong judge who issued the ruling, has allowed Dotcom to receive a monthly amount equivalent to $80,000 New ZeaIand dollars ($53,000 USD) to pay living and legal expenses, the Post reported.
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.