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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom on awaiting trial




Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom looks as he is granted bail in the North Shore court in Auckland on February 22, 2012.  The 38-year-old German national who has been in custody since January 20 when New Zealand police, cooperating with a major US probe, raided his sprawling
Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom looks as he is granted bail in the North Shore court in Auckland on February 22, 2012. The 38-year-old German national who has been in custody since January 20 when New Zealand police, cooperating with a major US probe, raided his sprawling "Dotcom Mansion" in Auckland, was granted bail after previously being kept behind bars over fears he would flee the country to escape US online piracy charges. v
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In the ongoing controversy over internet regulation and piracy, one alleged pirate stands out, at least as far as the United States Justice department is concerned.

He goes by the name of Kim Dotcom. He's the founder of Megaupload, the internet file storage service which the U.S. government accuses of criminal copyright violations.

He was also thrown in jail in New Zealand, where he lives. He was allowed to return to his home, but is not allowed to leave the island.

We’ll talk to Wired's Charles Graeber, who wrote a profile on Dotcom, for more.