“We are still reviewing how this new project will operate, but we do know that Kim Dotcom has built his career and his fortune on stealing creative works,” the MPAA said in a statement. “We’ll reserve final judgment until we have a chance to take a closer look, but given Kim Dotcom’s history of damaging the consumer experience by pushing stolen, illegitimate content into the marketplace, count us as skeptical.”
Still, as much as Dotcom’s new venture might enrage prosecutors and entertainment executives, it should not have any impact on the Megaupload case.
“All it might do is annoy them enough to say: ‘We’re going to redouble our efforts in prosecuting them,’” Alexander said. “But I don’t think it makes any practical difference to the outcome.”