Kim is a German-Finnish entrepreneur and creator of Megaupload. [+]
Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz; 21 January 1974), also known as Kimble and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, is a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur, businessman, and political party founder who resides in New Zealand. He has been accused of criminal copyright infringement and a host of derivative charges, such as money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud, by the U.S. Department of Justice and is currently fighting extradition proceedings in New Zealand. He was the founder of now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload as well as its successor Mega. In politics, he is the founder, main funder, and "party visionary" of New Zealand's Internet Party. He rose to fame in Germany in the 1990s as a self-proclaimed internet entrepreneur. He received prison time in 1994 for computer fraud and data espionage, and another suspended prison sentence in 2003 for insider trading and embezzlement. In January 2012, the New Zealand Police placed him in custody in response to US charges of criminal copyright infringement in relation to his Megaupload website. Dotcom was accused of costing the entertainment industry $500 million through pirated content uploaded to his file-sharing site, which had 150 million registered users. Dotcom has denied the charges, and is fighting the attempt to extradite him to the United States.