Controversial internet entrepreneur and self-proclaimed defender of internet freedom, Kim Dotcom, says he'll be fighting the United States Government and making it 'regret what it's done'.
His stark message comes in an in-depth profile by Dateline's Mark Davis.
The flamboyant 39-year-old tycoon, born in Germany as Kim Schmitz, is fighting extradition to the United States on copyright, money laundering and racketeering charges over his now defunct file sharing website, Megaupload.
“They came into my life and thought they can destroy me and kill me. They picked the wrong guy, cause I know how to fight back and I'm going to fight back effectively,” he tells Mark.
Before being shut down, it's alleged Megaupload netted US$175 million and cost copyright owners US$500 million by hosting pirated content such as movies, TV shows and music.
But the legal challenge hasn't stopped Kim launching a new file sharing service, Mega, at a typically lavish and eccentric press conference, complete with a fake FBI raid and female dancers in military uniform.
“What this really is, is a war for control over the internet. The internet is a new world and you want to make sure - the US government wants to make sure - they have control of this most powerful market place of the future," Dotcom says.
“The internet belongs to nobody - no man, no corporation, no government - and that's what these people need to understand. The internet is there for everybody, for society to evolve faster, to share knowledge and to accelerate our development as a race.”
Dotcom also opens up about his days as a young hacker, his family life, and the journey that has led him to where his is today.
“It's a belief and it's a mission. It's a mission to give their rights to privacy back,” he says.