Finding the best use for Dotcom's talents

Now, I don't know whether Kim Dotcom is guilty or not!

Now, I don't know whether Kim Dotcom is guilty or not!

Both the prosecution and the defence put forward plausible cases, though I did find it hard to believe Dotcom "collects" credit cards like some of us might collect postage stamps!

But the whole business raises the old argument about poachers becoming gamekeepers, or that of hackers becoming internet security experts.

Dotcom is blatantly breaking new ground with his business activities that are so obviously treading on many toes.

I thought as much when I read of his new Megabox music facility, which promises an alternative to the record companies. No wonder they want to see him gone.

Such a business venture has attracted praise from our InternetNZ, which also note the legality of this new enterprise.

This comes as Dotcom is described as having a "rather sharp business mind", despite that millionaire playboy image we have seen.

Certainly, we have seen much brilliance from this man of many passports, and as Paul Brislen, boss of the Telecom Users Association of New Zealand notes, Dotcom is capable of using that sharpness to run his global empire from rural New Zealand, despite complaints from many Kiwis about our poor broadband and technological backwardness.

The question is how best should that sharpness be applied, on the right side or the wrong side of the law?

The US authorities are reportedly seeking prison sentences of 20 years maximum for the copyright, money-laundering and racketeering charges.

However, rehabilitation would present a more profitable option for us all, if Dotcom is found guilty.

Rather like the debate on whether hackers should be taken on as internet security experts, surely Dotcom would be of more use working legitimately in the field he so obviously excels in.

It looks like this talented chap has the means to create technological marvels that could benefit us all, businesses included, unless we are record companies.

His new creations could reduce costs and improve efficiencies, generate new sources of wealth, acting like a blast of creative destruction, which those interested in economic growth should all welcome.

Government recruiting the former hacker would also be a valuable weapon in the increasingly prominent world of cyber attacks, where we hear the internet will be the battlefield of the future.

Surely, this would be better for us all than taking Dotcom down as Big Hollywood wants?

The US Government might want to look at the wider picture, unless it has designs on using Dotcom secretly itself!

As I say, we don't know whether Dotcom is guilty or not, but he is most definitely pushing the envelope in interesting new directions and incarceration would definitely be a terrible waste of his considerable talents.