Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has said that the copyright lawsuits filed against him are an attack on the internet and a war against innovation. Speaking at the launch of his political party to promote internet freedom, the 40-year-old tycoon said he had been made a scapegoat by US authorities.

"This is a war about a technology and innovations that they don't like, and I'm being made an example."

"The biggest problem I'm going to have in the U.S. is that almost 90 percent of the media is controlled by the same parties that are suing me, that want to destroy me. So they are going to make sure that their message is the one being heard and not mine. And I think they are going to manipulate the media in order to make sure that I will be portrayed as a villain, and as a criminal."

"If I lose, they all lose, and they all know that. But this is a much bigger play than me. After they are done with me, in their dream world they are going to go after Google, YouTube, Dropbox and all these other sites and force them to change their models."

Dotcom is currently fighting extradtion from New Zealand to the United States, where he stands accused of massive copyright infringement related to his file sharing site Megaupload.

Dotcom, real name Kim Schmitz, says he refuses to face charges in the United States where he doesn't expect a fair reception.