Kim Dotcom, the 38-year old founder of Megaupload, has been campaigning for “Internet freedom” from house arrest in New Zealand while he awaits his March hearing. As part of his campaign, Dotcom wrote an open letter to Hollywood, which was published in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Today, the magazine has published a hilarious response from Cougar Town director and writer Bruce Leddy.
Leddy responds to Dotcom, ironically letting him know, “I don’t have any mutimillionaire friends with mansions and Rolls-Royce Ghosts, so being buddies with you would make me soooo much cooler!” and asking, “Would you mind if I borrowed one of your super-luxury cars? I mean, when you think about it, they kind of belong to all of us writers, producers, directors, cast and crew who work hard every day to make movies and TV shows but are clearly not as clever as you are about landing the big money by posting other people’s products online.”
Leddy focuses in on the facts that Dotcom so skillfully ignored—that Dotcom’s multimillions came as a direct result of the hard work of others. And he does so in a way that is both entertaining and pretty near impossible to argue with:
“Your story is so inspiring. To earn hundreds of millions of dollars without actually ever making anything is just so cutting-edge and futuristic! Hollywood is so ‘dark ages.’ In the future, everyone should be like Megaupload: free to profit from what anyone makes, writes, creates, designs or owns in whatever way they can. I say, if Hollywood is going to spend all this time and effort making these movies and TV shows, employing hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans and union members and then letting a guy like you become a multimillionaire off its work, it’s our own damn fault! Holy cow, are we dumb! LOL.”
Read the response in its entirety on The Hollywood Reporter website (and trust me, it’s definitely worth your time) and let us know what you think. Whose side are you on in the Hollywood-Kim Dotcom debate?
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