Controversial tech figure Kim Dotcom, who was arrested six years ago for copyright infringement in New Zealand over his MegaUpload file-sharing site, is seeking US$2.6 billion in damages from the New Zealand Government.
Kim Dotcom claims the warrant for his arrest in 2012, when his mansion was raided, was invalid. He’s accusing the NZ Government of negligence and misfeasance, which is a fancy word for using the law all wrong.
The arrest of course let to the shuttering of his highly profitable MegaUpload, the largest file-sharing site at the time.
Just how profitable was the service? In the ongoing case, authorities claim that through MegaUpload, entertainment industries lost more than $500 million in revenue and the site generated over $175 million “in criminal proceeds.”
Dotcom took to Twitter to announce the damages claim:
Today, 6 years ago, the NZ Govt enabled the unlawful destruction of Megaupload and seizure of my global assets. I was arrested for the alleged online piracy of my users. Not even a crime in NZ. My lawyers have served a multi billion dollar damages claim against the Govt today.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 19, 2018
Dotcom’s lawyer Ira Rothken told TorrentFreak the claim was filed in December: