MegaUpload: New Zealand court wants evidence of piracy

Although Kim Dotcom doesn't have to worry about extradition to the US until at least March 2013, the case against the MegaUpload founder which has already seen a number of delays at the ire of the FBI who are desperate to get their hands on him, took yet another twist on Thursday.

The BBC reports that the New Zealand court has ruled that they must see evidence of piracy before Dotcom is extradited to the US. Justice Helen Winklemann said that the defence team needed access to the evidence ahead of the extradition hearing, due next year in March.

Dotcom denies that he copied and distributed music, films and other content on a grand scale. The US authorities have accused Dotcom of copyright theft, money laundering and racketeering fraud and could face a jail stint of up to 20 years if convicted in the US.

Prosecutors further accuse Dotcom of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£322m) in lost earnings, making it one of the biggest cases of its kind.

MegaUpload, one of the biggest file sharing websites, was shut down in January by US law enforcement officials. Dotcom and several other MegaUpload team members were charged at the time with online content piracy. Dotcom has maintained his innocence.

Source: BBC | Image: Associated Press (AP)

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KCRic said,
20 years for this?!

Meanwhile in America, rapists get 5 years with probation.

And Dick Cheney still walks free after 8 years or torture, high treason, and causing the death of thousands of US servicemen and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians in order to line the pockets (with a trillion dollars) of his company Halliburton.

KCRic said,
20 years for this?!

Meanwhile in America, rapists get 5 years with probation.

Big business don't lose money with rape... totally a victimless crime.

Oh, they'll find evidence of piracy all right. Just like they would with any site where you can upload files. Which is like, 99% of the internet.

MASTER260 said,
Oh, they'll find evidence of piracy all right. Just like they would with any site where you can upload files. Which is like, 99% of the internet.
The world police losing a case? You are correct sir, this simply will not happen.

Did you guys saw the full video of the raid on his house ?? It's unbelievable, they were 2 woman and I think like 4 children in there.They scared the hell out of them, even Kim.

They could have just knocked at the front door and asked him to come with them ...

2xSilverKnight said,
Did you guys saw the full video of the raid on his house ?? It's unbelievable, they were 2 woman and I think like 4 children in there.They scared the hell out of them, even Kim.

They could have just knocked at the front door and asked him to come with them ...

But.. But.. he had a switch to destroy internet piracy! even though the US had already collected the evidence, shut down the servers, and were half way through infringing copyright themselves... he could have had a switch to destroy piracy!

Even after seven months of Megaupload demise, they couldn't get evidence to prove of piracy to NZ court? Shame on you USA

"He tasks me! He tasks me, and I shall have him! I'll chase him round the Moons of Nibia, and round the Antares Maelstrom, and round Perdition's flames before I give him up!" - Joe Biden on Kim Schmidt

shut it you I not trolling, if you don't like me then ignore it.

Shikaka said,

Thats a bad troll attempt!

yet another random figure ($500m) plucked out of the air.

The whole US government is corrupt, its about time Obama and his friends was replaced.

barteh said,
yet another random figure ($500m) plucked out of the air.

The whole US government is corrupt, its about time Obama and his friends was replaced.

You think Obama calls the shots? Sorry to hear that.

Toysoldier said,

You think Obama calls the shots? Sorry to hear that.

Gotta love that, Apparently in every court case according to this guy, Obama calls the shots.

barteh said,
yet another random figure ($500m) plucked out of the air.

The whole US government is corrupt, its about time Obama and his friends was replaced.

The republican party is corporate shill central, do you honestly think things would be any different with one of their politicians in power? The corporations are calling the shots here.

barteh said,
yet another random figure ($500m) plucked out of the air.

The whole US government is corrupt, its about time Obama and his friends was replaced.

lol you're cute

~Johnny said,
Well that's not going to be too hard is it.

Not so sure about that

See proving Megaupload was used for piracy would be pretty easy. Proving, however that he was complicit in allowing it to happen would be a lot harder. From what I gather as long as those services are known to comply when DMCA takedown requests are issued they're given some leeway on that front. And from what I can remember they tended to comply.

Javik said,

Not so sure about that

See proving Megaupload was used for piracy would be pretty easy. Proving, however that he was complicit in allowing it to happen would be a lot harder. From what I gather as long as those services are known to comply when DMCA takedown requests are issued they're given some leeway on that front. And from what I can remember they tended to comply.


People got the takedown message quite often when trying to access their linux isos, so I'd say they definitely complied...

GS:win

The one thing that never stops amazing me is how easily it is claimed that every single bit of illegally copied material equals a lost sale. This must be the biggest scam of them all as I am certain more often that not people will look for an alternative instead of forking out the money for a legal copy if it's not available otherwise.

Wow,
It's almost like they should have had evidence before they wrongfully arrested him. I'm ashamed of my country for bowing down to the anti-pirating super powers (RIAA, MPAA) all because the politicians are getting paid off.

SpeedyTheSnail said,
Wow,
It's almost like they should have had evidence before they wrongfully arrested him. I'm ashamed of my country for bowing down to the anti-pirating super powers (RIAA, MPAA) all because the politicians are getting paid off.

Its no worse then the UK, providing links to other websites got them sent down for 4 years. They didn't link directly to files or even host any of it, or even provide the links themselfs.

Toysoldier said,
Nice to see that despite Americas oppressive power we still play by the rule book.

Right.... after allowing his home to get raided, all the confiscated IT equipment to be shipped to the US, NOW they want to see the evidence before playing any further ball.

Odom said,

Right.... after allowing his home to get raided, all the confiscated IT equipment to be shipped to the US, NOW they want to see the evidence before playing any further ball.

At least he stands a chance here in NZ is what I am getting at, in the US he would be fed to the wolves.

Granted the cops here jumped the gun when the FBI said boo, but without this hearing the FBI would not be exposed for the liars that they are and our police would not have been exposed as the puppets that they are.

georgevella said,
Scary photo, of course they needed assault squads to hunt him down /s

Get him! Get him! He's a threat.... to my donuts!

letmesee said,

Get him! Get him! He's a threat.... to my donuts!


/s Lack of copyprotecting DRM in music and other digital media has caused this man to possibly loose 20 years of his life at the expense of the USA and New Zealand tax payers. We need justice, bring the (corporate) conglomerate to the courts!

Honestly though, I find it insane that people can be moved to another country aganst their will just because someone 'thinks' he has done something. Even if there is evidence to prove he has done something (regladless of all the other illegal misshaps the American's have done so far) I don't think he should be tried in another country. Digital media and the internet is international. If they want to protect their digital rights, block it coming in and our of their own country or some other stupid stuff because they've seriously not embraced the digital age so far.