Megaupload boss wins right to see US evidence

Aug 16, 2012
Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom leaves court after he was granted bail in the North Shore court in Auckland in February 2012. The boss of file-sharing site Megaupload has the right to see US evidence against him so he can defend a bid to extradite him from New Zealand on online piracy charges, an Auckland court ruled Thursday.

The boss of file-sharing site Megaupload has the right to see US evidence against him so he can defend a bid to extradite him from New Zealand on online piracy charges, an Auckland court ruled Thursday.

The High Court dismissed an appeal by lawyers acting for US authorities against an earlier decision granting Kim access to the evidence that will be used against him if he is forced to face a US court.

Judge Helen Winkelmann said that without access to the evidence, Dotcom's defence would be "significantly constrained" at the extradition hearing, scheduled for March next year, giving prosecutors an advantage.

"To attempt to control (evidence disclosure) by severely constraining the information available to the person sought (Dotcom) is to use a very blunt instrument and risks an unfair hearing," she said in a written judgement.

Dotcom is free on bail in New Zealand while he awaits the hearing.

He was arrested in January when armed police cooperating with a US copyright investigation into his file-sharing business raided his Auckland mansion.

The raid was subsequently found to be illegal by a New Zealand court, a ruling that prosecutors are also appealing.

The and FBI allege Megaupload and related sites netted more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners more than $500 million by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other content.

They have indicted Dotcom and three co-accused on charges of , racketeering, fraud and online copyright theft. The accused, who deny any wrongdoing, face up to 20 years jail if convicted in a US court.

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Tangent2
1 / 5 (1) Aug 16, 2012
...and cost copyright owners more than $500 million by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other content.


The website did not 'offer' anything to anyone, it simply 'made available' the content that others had posted/uploaded. To blame them for others actions is just ridiculous. It's like blaming McDonalds for making you fat and ignoring the real issue, self control.
SatanLover
3 / 5 (2) Aug 16, 2012
its like blaming the roads for slave trafficers.

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