The Rise and Fall of the Pirates of Torrent Bay

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The Rise and Fall of the Pirates of Torrent Bay

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré

 

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n a warm summer’s day in 2012, at a sprawling, albeit obnoxiously large, mansion on the outskirts of Auckland, the calm rustling of leaves suddenly transformed to a gale-force swirl. Heavily armed assault helicopters, carrying 73 elite New Zealand police officers, descended on the home of the larger-than-life (both in deeds and stature) Kim Dotcom, his wife, their two children, and nannies, to save the world from the terrors of illegal file-sharing over the internet. Dotcom was the founder of the notorious MegaUpload and MegaVideo websites, which were, until then, renowned for hosting illegal copies of movies, music, software, and video games.

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