In 2010, New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service were carrying out special checks on Kim Dotcom as part of his application to become an NZ resident. They turned up something unexpected. The FBI were investigating the Megaupload founder as part of a huge alleged criminal conspiracy. But mysteriously Dotcom was welcomed into New Zealand with open arms, something he now fears was a trap to make him more accessible to the United States.
Kim Dotcom has announced plans for Mega, a service to replace his banned file-sharing website Megaupload.
Mega is expected to use encryption methods which will mean only users will know what they are uploading.
It will be decided in March whether Mr Dotcom should be extradited from New Zealand to the US to face charges relating to copyright theft.
The 38-year-old said he would launch Mega on 20 January 2013 - a year to the day since his arrest.
The FBI has been accused of "illegally" copying evidence used in a case against file-sharing site Megaupload.
The site was shut down in January and its operators arrested in New Zealand because, alleged the FBI, it was being used to pirate content.
Lawyers acting for Megaupload said the FBI had illegally removed hard drives containing evidence.
NZ government lawyers said the removal was legal because the relevant law only covered "physical" items.
A judge in New Zealand has allowed the founder of the Megaupload files sharing service to get back online - because of Kim Dotcom’s “exemplary” behavior since arrest in January.
The bail conditions of 38-year-old Kim Schmitz, German national more known as Kim Dotcom, denied him web access. He remains under house arrest – but with web access now.
Also, the judge ruled Dotcom could go swimming daily and visit a studio in Auckland to record music twice a week.
The shutdown of library.nu is creating a virtual showdown between would-be learners and the publishing industry.
Last week a website called "library.nu" disappeared. A coalition of international scholarly publishers accused the site of piracy and convinced a judge in Munich to shut it down. Library.nu (formerly Gigapedia) had offered, if the reports are to be believed, between 400,000 and a million digital books for free.
On his way up, he fooled them all: judges, journalists, investors and companies.
Then the man who renamed himself Kim Dotcom finally did it. With an outsized ego and an eye for get-rich schemes, he parlayed his modest computing skills into an empire, becoming the fabulously wealthy computer maverick he had long claimed to be.
Music site RnBXclusive.com has been shut down by the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).A takedown notice warned visitors who have used the site to download music they could face up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
Soca said music posted on the site was "stolen from the artists" and may have "damaged careers".A man has been arrested for fraud and bailed pending further enquiries, police told the BBC.