Kim Dotcom sings for legal bills

Last updated 05:00 03/04/2012
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BAD BACK: Kim Dotcom wants his bail conditions relaxed so he can visit an Auckland swimming pool each day.
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MUSIC MAKING: Kim Dotcom in the studio.

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Internet kingpin Kim Dotcom may use the revenue from his ''surprising'' dance album to pay his legal fees.

The piracy accused internet tycoon yesterday won the right to finish recording an album while on bail, with changes to his home detention conditions meaning Dotcom can now also access the internet, meet with his co-accused and go for a daily swim.

Dotcom said he hoped the album, his first, would be a commercial hit.

''I have large legal bills so any kind of revenue stream is welcome,'' Dotcom said outside North Shore District Court.

Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing company Megaupload, was arrested at his Auckland mansion in January, and charged with breaching copyright laws by the US Government.  He and his three co-accused, Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk are now awaiting extradition hearings.

Yesterday all four of the German-born, New Zealand residents' bail requests were granted with only minor conditions imposed by Judge David Harvey.

While 38-year-old Dotcom is now allowed to swim in the pool at his $40 million mansion, it must be for only 90 minutes a day, and preferably between the hours of 8pm and 9.30pm.

If Dotcom wants to make a change to the time, he has to clear this with his probation officer.  The exercise was needed due to a back injury, he said. 

While Dotcom was happy he was allowed the exercise, his lawyer Paul Davison QC said that ideally he would be allowed back in the mansion, instead of living at another home next door, as required by his bail conditions. 

A request to move back would be made soon, Davison said.

Dotcom wanted internet access to help him prepare his defence.

''I am very happy to have access to the internet. It will be much easier to work on the case,'' Dotcom said.

Weekly meetings to discuss the case with his co-accused - another request granted by Judge Harvey -  would also help the group prepare.

Dotcom is allowed to go to an Auckland studio to work on his album two days each week, but for no more than four hours a session.

If possible, the judge wanted him to send a photo of himself at the studio to his probation officer on arrival.

The album, begun a year a go, would feature dance music and collaborations with several international artists.

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''I think many people will be surprised,'' Dotcom said.

''But I don't want to talk much about it.''

- Auckland Now

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