MegaUpload search warrants ruled to be illegal

In perhaps the biggest defeat yet for the US government in its case against the MegaUpload file sharing website, the New Zealand Herald reports that a judge has ruled that some of the search warrants used by the FBI  were in fact illegal. Specifically, Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the warrants used in the raid of MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom's mansion in New Zealand in January were far too wide in terms of their scope.

In her decision, Justice Winkelmann said:

These categories of items were defined in such a way that they would inevitably capture within them both relevant and irrelevant material. The police acted on this authorization. The warrants could not authorize seizure of irrelevant material, and are therefore invalid.

The judge also ruled that the US government's move to take copies of hard drives found in the mansion out of New Zealand was also illegal, due to Dotcom not giving his permission for such a decision.

The report stated that during the hearing Dotcom cried openly as his lawyer told the judge that he was "ripped from his family" as a consequence on the raid of his New Zealand home in January.

Despite this decision, Dotcom and other members of MegaUpload face an extradition hearing in August to determine if they should be flown to the US to face online piracy charges.

Source: New Zealand Herald

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Still really proud that little old NZ is standing it's ground and not letting the US bully it into doing things they may otherwise break the law.

Some how I don't think Kim.Com will be going anywhere if the NZ department of justice has any sense they'll stick their middle finger in the air and tell the US/FBI where to go

Diplomacy:: The art of telling someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip

it is posts like the above that make me wonder if people are actually reading the article from the source before making a nonsense post. The NZPolice aas well as the FBI were ruled against, yes the NZ police used illegal warrants, the FBI took data to the US to be copied without authorization. A link to the original article is there, read before commenting, you can also find a better run down of the article on Torrentfreak (posted earlier this morning.

Good. Finally a country standing up to our corrupt Government. And they are corrupt, just like the corrupt judges passing the healthcare law, forcing people to buy it, and our President legalizing illegal immigration by bypassing congress. Corruption at its finest.

jd100 said,
Good. Finally a country standing up to our corrupt Government. And they are corrupt, just like the corrupt judges passing the healthcare law, forcing people to buy it, and our President legalizing illegal immigration by bypassing congress. Corruption at its finest.

Wow man, you seem to know a lot. When will we be able to buy your book?

jd100 said,
Good. Finally a country standing up to our corrupt Government. And they are corrupt, just like the corrupt judges passing the healthcare law, forcing people to buy it, and our President legalizing illegal immigration by bypassing congress. Corruption at its finest.

Not quite the way I would've said it, but definitely agree about corrupt judges, government, etc......

Not to mention all the stupidity that seems to abound in all our "official" offices!

jd100 said,
Good. Finally a country standing up to our corrupt Government. And they are corrupt, just like the corrupt judges passing the healthcare law, forcing people to buy it, and our President legalizing illegal immigration by bypassing congress. Corruption at its finest.

Americans vote them in and Americans vote them out, blame the people around you if you have issues with who they voted for.

Why is the US Govt only going after Mega Upload and not companies like Microsoft, Apple, Comcast, Real Player, Level 3, etc..

All these companies and more created the technology that enables the average person (limited computer skills) to listen to, watch, copy, distribute copy written material .

SpyCatcher said,
Why is the US Govt only going after Mega Upload and not companies like Microsoft, Apple, Comcast, Real Player, Level 3, etc..

All these companies and more created the technology that enables the average person (limited computer skills) to listen to, watch, copy, distribute copy written material .

Mega Upload is a host.

ILikeTobacco said,

Shsh. Don't bring common sense into this. His extreme view totally proves a point!

Neither of you fully comprehend the point I am making! !

SpyCatcher said,

Neither of you fully comprehend the point I am making! !

There wasn't much of a point made. A question with just a list of companies that made technology. The pen also enables people to copy stuff, lets get rid of pens!

Why aren't they going after grills, pigs, tomatoes, knives and bread - all these things make sandwiches which fuel people who then do crazy stuff.

lt8480 said,

There wasn't much of a point made. A question with just a list of companies that made technology. The pen also enables people to copy stuff, lets get rid of pens!Why aren't they going after grills, pigs, tomatoes, knives and bread - all these things make sandwiches which fuel people who then do crazy stuff.

It does require some critical thinking on their and your part. Technology is much different than sandwich (hopefully you can agree), the Gov't charged Mega upload (owner) for copy write infringement, did he upload any of the files? What you and the other ignorant's are saying is that Dotcom should be held responsible for what others (legal/not legal) actions. If Dotcom is guilty of only hosting then should the creators of the technology also be held guilty? ?