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Megaupload

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Megaupload

Hong Kong,

China

Company Description

Megaupload is just the latest corporation to feel the brutality of early 21st century state-run justice. The point, of course, (in our view) is not actually to provide "justice" so much as to make people fearful of using the Internet and sharing informati ... more

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Member of the Executive Board
Henkel KGaA

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Then Finn Batato, ...

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Then Finn Batato, Megaupload's chief marketing officer. Batato is a 39-year-old half-Palestinian, half-German from Munich, a mellow chain-smoking playboy with a taste for wine and watches.

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"He's a genius, you know," Batato says, lighting a cigarette.
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"Please, tell the world," Batato says to me, "these are normal people here. Usually he would be in Europe, perhaps in the south of France, drinking Opus. Instead he is stuck in winter, facing jail, borrowing cigarette money, and living with van der Kolk. Batato is worried folks back home might think he is some kind of gangster.
"I mean, look at us," van der Kolk says. He's not some mafia pirate. He's a programming nerd with a Filipino ex-model wife and a 3-year-old son.
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He and Batato had flown in for the birthday Kim shared with his son, Kimmo.
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The police found Batato by the back of the house with his laptop; he was still in his robe.
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"That's why we bothered putting servers in Virginia," Batato says.
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and Batato in a cell; they puzzled over the problem, building a new technology from scratch in their heads.
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Mona and Kim file into the benches with his American lawyer, Ira Rothken, and codefendants Ortmann, Batato, and van der Kolk.


Megaupload Chief Marketing ...

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Megaupload Chief Marketing Officer Finn Batato, Chief Technical Officer Mathias Ortmann, and co-founder Bram van der Kolk also were arrested.

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Batato and Ortmann are from Germany, while Mr. van der Kolk is a Dutch national.


KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, ...

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KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, VESTOR LIMITED, FINN BATATO, JULIUS BENCKO, SVEN ECHTERNACH, MATHIAS ORTMANN, ANDRUS NOMM, and BRAM VAN DER KOLK, the defendants, and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, were members of the Mega Conspiracy, a worldwide criminal organization whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale with estimated harm to copyright holders well in excess of $500,000,000 and reported income in excess of $175,000,000.

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FINN BATATO is both a citizen and resident of Germany.
BATATO is the Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Megaupload.com and other Mega Conspiracy properties.
Specifically, BATATO is in charge of selling advertising space, primarily through Megaclick.com.
BATATO supervises a team of approximately ten sales people around the world.
The purpose of the sales team is to increase the advertising revenue in localized markets by targeting certain advertisements in certain countries.
BATATO handles advertising customers on the Megaclick.com website and approves advertising campaigns for Megaupload.com, Megavideo.com, and Megaporn.com.
BATATO has personally distributed a link to at least one infringing copy of a copyrighted work to a Mega Site.
Additionally, on numerous instances, BATATO received DMCA copyright infringement takedown notices from third-party companies.
In calendar year 2010, BATATO received more than $400,000 from the Mega Conspiracy.
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THE ENTERPRISE Beginning in at least September 2005 and continuing until at least the date of this Paragraphs 1 through 44 are re-alleged and incorporated as if set forth here in Indictment, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, the defendants, KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, VESTOR LIMITED, FINN BATATO, JULIUS BENCKO, SVEN ECHTERNACH, MATHIAS ORTMANN, ANDRUS NOMM, and BRAM VAN DER KOLK and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, constituted an enterprise, as defined by Title 18, United States Code, Section 1961(4) (hereinafter the Enterprise), that is, a group of individuals and entities associated in fact.
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THE RACKETEERING VIOLATION Beginning in at least September 2005 and continuing until at least the date of this Indictment, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, the defendants, KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, VESTOR LIMITED, FINN BATATO, JULIUS BENCKO, SVEN ECHTERNACH, MATHIAS ORTMANN, ANDRUS NOMM, and BRAM VAN DER KOLK being persons employed by and associated with the Enterprise, which Enterprise engaged in, and the activities of which affected interstate and foreign commerce, did knowingly, willfully, and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other, and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to violate 18 U.S.C.
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On or about December 12, 2007, BATATO distributed a Megaupload.com link to an infringing copy of the copyrighted music file Louis Armstrong We have all the time
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On or about October 13, 2008, BATATO sent an e-mail to an advertiser, which included a screen capture of the Megaupload.com download page for the file MyBlueBerryNights.part1.rar.
The screen capture also contained an open browser window to the linking site www.mulinks.com.
qq.
On or about October 14, 2008, BATATO sent an e-mail to an advertiser that contained two Megaupload.com links.
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On or about January 14, 2009, BATATO sent an e-mail message to a Megaupload.com advertiser saying You can find your banner on the downloadpages of Megaupload.com.
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On or about May 25, 2009, BATATO sent an e-mail to ORTMANN that contained customers e-mails.
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On or about June 6, 2009, BATATO sent an e-mail to an advertiser indicating, Banners will be shown on the download pages of Megaupload.
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On or about November 30, 2009, BATATO sent an e-mail to an advertiser stating: Please go to mulinks.com and copy paste One of those URLs to your browser.
You will then See where the banner appears. ppp.
On or about January 28, 2010, in an e-mail entitled activating old countries, a user of a Mega Conspiracy site asked BATATO: where can we see full movies? BATATO replied You need to go to our referrer sites.
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On or about February 1, 2010, BATATO sent an e-mail to an unindicted co-conspirator with the subject [tradeit] Campaign stats stating We cant deliver [Hong Kong] traffic because the company is based in [Hong Kong] and we dont want to experience any trouble with license holders etc.
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On or about November 15, 2010, BATATO forwarded an e-mail to ORTMANN entitled member-issue that was received by a Mega Conspiracy employee from a user.
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In the forward, BATATO wrote Fanpost ;-).
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On or about February 25, 2011, BATATO forwarded an e-mail to NOMM, copying ORTMANN, entitled embedded ads not functioning correctly, from an individual complaining that the advertising click through rate (CTR) from playing Megavideo.com videos directly on the linking site alluc.org has suffered because the embedded
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BATATO, in the forward, stated: Could you please check that issue? We need to help them a bit now as their CTR and conversions went down by 50% and 95% respectively.
That was expected but at least we should help them now get their campaigns running w/o problems. hhhh.
On or about February 25, 2011, BATATO sent an e-mail to NOMM and VAN DER KOLK regarding problems with getting pre-roll advertising for Megavideo.com because of a copy right issue.
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In an early message, the Megaclick.com employee informs BATATO that the third-party advertising service considers it illegal to monetize infringing content through advertising immediately prior to viewing the content.
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On or about July 6, 2011, BATATO sent an e-mail to ORTMANN forwarding a string of e-mails in German from an advertising entity saying that a customer wants their campaigns on a Mega Site discontinued because of concerns related to the Kino.to takedown.
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Beginning in at least September 2005 and continuing until at least the date of this Indictment, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, the defendants, KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, VESTOR LIMITED, FINN BATATO, JULIUS BENCKO, SVEN ECHTERNACH, MATHIAS ORTMANN, ANDRUS NOMM, and BRAM VAN DER KOLK each knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, and agreed together and with each other, and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956 and 1957, namely: (a) to knowingly conduct and attempt to conduct a financial transaction affecting interstate and foreign commerce, which in fact involved the proceeds of the specified unlawful activity of criminal copyright infringement with the intent to promote the carrying on of the specified unlawful activity of criminal copyright infringement, and that while conducting and
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On or about October 25, 2008, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, the defendants, KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, VESTOR LIMITED, FINN BATATO, JULIUS BENCKO, SVEN ECHTERNACH, MATHIAS ORTMANN, ANDRUS NOMM, and BRAM VAN DER KOLK did willfully, and for purposes of private financial gain, infringe a copyright by distributing a work being prepared for commercial distribution in the United States, to wit, the copyrighted motion picture Taken (which would not be commercially distributed until on or about January 30, 2009) by making it available on a computer network accessible to members of the public, when defendants knew, and should have known, that the work was intended for commercial distribution.
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For the 180 days up to and including the date of this Indictment, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, the defendants, KIM DOTCOM, MEGAUPLOAD LIMITED, VESTOR LIMITED, FINN BATATO, JULIUS BENCKO, SVEN ECHTERNACH, MATHIAS ORTMANN, ANDRUS NOMM, and BRAM VAN DER KOLK did willfully, and for purposes of private financial gain, infringe copyrights in certain motion pictures, television programs, musical recordings, electronic books, images, video games, and other computer software, by reproducing and distributing over the Internet, during a 180-day period, ten or more copies and phonorecords of one or more copyrighted works which had a total retail value of more than $2,500.
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XXXX4734, in the name of FINN BATATO; Commerzbank, Account No.
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XXXXXXXX5833, in the name of FINN BATATO; Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Account No.
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M-FB 212 or DH-GC 470, registered to FINN BATATO; 2009 Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe, VIN WDD20737225019582, License Plate No.


The four arrested in New Zealand ...

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The four arrested in New Zealand include Megaupload's chief marketing officer Finn Batato, cofounder and CTO Mathias Ortmann, and BOFH Bram van der Kolk.


Finn Batato, chief marketing ...

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Finn Batato, chief marketing officer at Megaupload, and Bram van der Kolk, programmer, have been granted bail at the North Shore District Court after their hearing yesterday. Judge David McNaughton's bail decision can be read here in the case of van der Kolk, and here for Batato.

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Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann, and Bram van der Kolk face similar charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering.

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