Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is backing MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom and bashing the US piracy case against him for alleged copyright infringement charges. While Dotcom still has yet to be extradited from New Zealand, his assets have been seized by US officials and they’re trying to keep him from paying for a legal defense with his funds.
Wozniak explained in a phone interview that while visiting New Zealand, he was not able to go see Dotcom due to him being put under house arrest. Sticking up for Dotcom, Wozniak said that the way they were making him live was absurd, and pointed out that MegaUpload had been used legitimately by lots people before it was shut down in January with criminal charges filed against Dotcom and others.
“You don’t just shut down the whole street because somebody is speeding,” Wozniak said in the interview. Though mentioning that he does indeed believe in paying for good content, Wozniak also made it clear that he also believes in keeping the Internet open to help boost innovation. He said that this case doesn’t belong in the criminal court and is actually a political debate between “Hollywood and new cloud storage technology.”
[via Associated Press]