Google
 

Aardvark Daily

New Zealand's longest-running online daily news and commentary publication, now in its 19th year. The opinion pieces presented here are not purported to be fact but reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy.

Content copyright © 1995 - 2014 to Bruce Simpson (aka Aardvark), the logo was kindly created for Aardvark Daily by the folks at aardvark.co.uk



Please visit the sponsor!
Please visit the sponsor!

Did Dotcom choose the wrong country?

29 January 2013

It's pretty easy to understand why Kim Dotcom chose NZ as his new home.

We have a relatively benign climate, no poisonous reptiles (politicians excepted), a slightly democratic political system, tolerable levels of graft/corruption and a country of stunning natural beauty.

Of course, as Kim has discovered, there are downsides though.

We have a government that, if you press your ear to the walls of the PM's office, can be heard to ask "how high?" and "I'm touching my toes, what now?" -- a situation that resulted in the dawn raid on his Coatesville mansion and the unlawful seizure of his assets little over a year ago.

So might there have been a better country for KD to base himself in?

Well, if this report is to be believed, it would seem that the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda might have been a far better alternative.

It seems that this country is preparing to thumb its nose at the USA and its MAFIAA in a way that wimpy NZ would never even remotely consider.

What's more, they're doing it with the effective endorsement of the WTO.

What a wonderfully bizarre situation this is.

To think that an entire nation has been granted the right (by the WTO) to effectively ignore the copyright laws that have been KD's downfall in the past.

I'm pretty sure that Kim would find himself greeted with open arms and warm hugs if he decided to base himself in Antigua. What's more (at least by the laws of that land), he could re-open MegaUpload without the need to use encryption and other indemnifying strategies.

In fact, if I were KD, I'd seriously be considering relocating myself to the sunny shores of this Caribbean nation as soon as I was legally allowed -- or he could do a Julian Assange and secretly slip himself and his family off to Antigua while nobody's looking.

Of course there may be downsides to living in such a place...

I hear that the politicians are potentially corrupt and the police sometimes operate without authority -- oh, hang on, for Dotcom it'll be just like New Zealand!

Based on the comments on that story running on the Stuff website, it seems that there are already resounding cheers for the 70,000 people of Antigua and Barbuda.

Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall of the MAFIAA's board rooms right now :-)

Please visit the sponsor!
Please visit the sponsor!

Have your say on this...

PERMALINK to this column

Oh, and don't forget today's sci/tech news headlines


Rank This Aardvark Page

 

Change Font

Sci-Tech headlines

 


Apart from the kind support of the sponsor, Aardvark Daily is largely a labour of love that involves many hours of hard work each month. If you appreciate the content you find here (or even if you don't) then please visit the sponsor and also feel free to gift me a donation using the button above.

Remember, this is purely a gift, you'll get nothing other than a warm fuzzy feeling in return.


Features:

Beware The Alternative Energy Scammers

The Great "Run Your Car On Water" Scam

 

The Missile Man The Missile Man book

Previous Columns

Is this a Martian fart?
Interesting observations are being made on the surface of Mars...

Safety, at all cost?
I hate it when the excuse of "safety" is used to bludgeon people with the club of bureaucracy...

The crumbling of effective copyright
Pirate Bay is down...

The pain in Spain
Big news last week was that Google had decided to delist all Spanish news sites from its Google News index...

Sony, stop digging!
It's not often I write about the same company, product or service for two days in a row but today is one of those days...

Sony: Netflix is a form of piracy
Okay, the title of today's column is a little misleading, but not by much...

Windows, too good to make a profit
I was surprised to read today that Windows 10 will almost certainly be a loss-leader for Microsoft...

A moonbase? Woohoo!
I recall that one of the first works of science-fiction I read was a short story called Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke...

Geek Christmas time again
It's time for the annual Aardvark "What to get a geek for Christmas" edition again...

What price an innocent life?
What is the value of a human life? ...