Saturday, 31 May 2014, 8:30 am
Press Release: Mana Party
MAORI TO LAY CLAIM AGAINST KIM DOTCOM FOR CUSTOMARY MINING RIGHTS
Saturday 31 May 2014
Customary Data Mining Rights bottom line issue, says Harawira
Te Tai Tokerau Maori are laying claim to their part of all Internet data under the Treaty of Waitangi.
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira said that “Knowledge and information isn’t owned by any one entity, and knowledge and information existed well before the Internet came along.”
“As a result, Northland Maori lay claim to their share of all of Kim Dotcom’s income he has derived from the Internet”.
An exact amount hasn’t been suggested, but talks are being scheduled.
“Public reports of income in excess of $200 million make Northland Maori believe that, our customary data mining rights can lay claim to a significant proportion of this”, Harawira said.
He added: “I do not believe this is going to stand in the way of the Internet Mana Party in the near future, but I do expect our customary data mining rights to be recognised before the election”.