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Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (2017)

The story of the most wanted man online

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Dotcom ...
Himself
Alan Curtis ...
Himself, treasurer, Coatesville community
France Komoroske ...
Herself, Kim Dotcom's neighbour
Wendy Whitefield ...
Herself, editor-in-chief, The Coatesville Chronicle
Keiwan Mir Heidari ...
Himself
Kamran Mir Heidari ...
Himself
David Fisher ...
Himself, senior writer, The New Zealand Herald
Mike Masnick ...
Himself, CEO and founder of Techdirt
Sean Gallagher ...
Himself, IT editor and national security editor, Ars Technica
Smudo ...
Himself, musician and German TV personality
Greg Sandoval ...
Himself, tech reporter
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Himself
Hilary Rosen ...
Herself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Lessig ...
Himself, professor of law, Harvard Law School
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The flag of Finland can be seen on top of the Kim Dotcom mansion. He has a finnish family line, and used to spend summers in Finland when he was a child. According to a Docventures interview on 2017, he would like to return to Finland to recover after the overall situation has calmed down. See more »

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antiquated international laws
21 August 2017 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. On paper, the real life story sounds like some cheesy B-movie thriller on the trail of a super- hacker nicknamed "Dr. Evil of the internet" as he builds his empire by stealing the work of others. However, director Annie Goldson is dealing in reality and submerges us in the years-long saga of Kim Dotcom, the (somewhat) proud owner of the Dr Evil moniker. This is every bit as much a commentary on legalities and technology as it is on the 'livin' large' lifestyle of the film's subject.

A sprawling estate with a security wall and cameras located in Coatesville New Zealand is where we begin. It's the home of Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and his wife Mona and their 3 kids. Think Jordan Belfort in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and you'll have a good idea of the type of extreme parties that Kim and his cohorts hosted. In 2012, a pre-dawn raid of the estate changed everything – and we are privy to some of the actual footage.

After the raid, law enforcement threw just about every possible charge at him: money laundering, racketeering, and most crucially, copyright infringement. Perhaps you were one of his MegaUpload customers? Millions of people were, and he banked hundreds of millions of dollars from his site – a site designed for users to share files with others. Of course, it turned into a site where mostly what was uploaded and shared were digital copies of movies and music. The files spread across the globe while artists and production companies received no royalties. The question of law boiled down to this: can an online provider be protected or insulated from the (illegal) actions of its users?

Kim Dotcom has been described as a parasite, a criminal and as evil. Obviously, he sees himself much differently and while reveling in his "most wanted man online" badge, he prefers to position himself as a resistance fighter … one who has simply seized an opportunity afforded by a technological revolution of which lawmakers can't maintain pace.

Director Goldson provides as much structure as possible to a messy and multi-faceted legal story, while also presenting the super-sized personality of Kim Dotcom … a man driven by ego, greed, and fame. He clearly thrives on his celebrity status (as evidenced by his participation in a Town Hall meeting with Julian Assange and Edward Snowden), and from a very early age became quite comfortable with relaxed ethics in our ever-evolving culture of technology.

In an era of dissolving morals, he is a difficult man to muster sympathy for. It does seem, however, that he was at a minimum, a victim of over-reaching by law enforcement. The legalities of the search warrant and charges are a bit murky (and still being challenged), and viewers will likely teeter between 'lock him up' and 'modernize the laws'. We all know the universal internet is tied to the global economy, so why are international copyright laws so fragmented and antiquated? Instead of a B-movie thriller, Ms. Goldson has delivered a true-to-life horror story … one with no clear resolution in sight.


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