Swizz Beatz Addresses Megaupload.com Legal Situation
Swizz Beatz has commented on the legal situation involving Megaupload.com, a company that listed the superproducer as CEO before it was shut down for piracy in January.
Last week, the government revealed that they were officially looking into Swizz Beatz and his role as CEO of the company, as they attempt to bring a trial against Megaupload.com in the United States.
Several top executives at Megaupload.com were arrested on January 19, on charges of copyright infringement and racketeering.
Federal prosecutors claim Megaupload.com generated over $175 million in illegal proceeds from copyrighted works, costing the entertainment industry over $500 million in lost revenue.
“I’m a fan of music. I’m a fan of people that work hard. I would never be a part of anything that’s taking from an artist when I fight so hard to give so much to the artists,” Swizz Beatz said in an interview with AlLindstrom.com.
“I was giving the artists 90% of they s**t. Sometimes when something is so powerful and people can’t control it that type of attack happens,” Swizz Beatz reasoned. “You see that happen with multiple things in life. Things that are so powerful, they get shut down unexplainably.”
Swizz Beatz, born Kaseem Dean, may have a point.
Just last week, Megaupload.com’s billionaire founder, Kim DotCom, claimed that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden personally ordered the company’s shutdown.
Kim DotCom claimed that Vice President Biden met with the head of the Motion Picture Association of America over the issue of piracy.
“I do know from a credible source that it was Joe Biden, the best friend of former Senator and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) boss Chris Dodd, who ordered his former lawyer and now State Attorney Neil MacBride to take Mega down,” Kim DotCom told TorrentFreak.com in a separate interview.
Last week, Kim DotCom scored a victory in the case, when a New Zealand judge ruled that FBI warrants obtained to search his mansion in Auckland were illegal.
Swizz Beatz, who has worked with artists like Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and Chris Brown and has won three Grammys, defended his character.
Although he is being associated with a file-sharing battle similar to those launched against past services like Napster, Audiogalaxy, LimeWire, and others, Swizz Beatz denied any wrong doing.
“I’m in the business of inspiring people. And I can’t be in the business of inspiring people if I’m so-called robbing my friends,” Swizz Beatz said. “And my friends know that, that’s why ain’t nobody speak out and say any clown s**t about me. They know my character and they know what it is.”