New Zealand's High Court Steps Into Extradition Fight Over Kim Dotcom

from the not-so-simple dept

As the Justice Department continues to pretend there's nothing strange at all about its highly questionable tactics in shutting down Megaupload and having its executives arrested, the courts are still struggling with the details. A few weeks back, we noted that a judge in New Zealand rejected the US's demand that New Zealand merely rubberstamp an extradition order to the US, despite there being numerous questions over the case itself and whether or not extradition is appropriate. As part of that, the judge also ordered the US Attorneys to hand over the evidence they're using to make the case against Dotcom and his colleagues, such that they can properly respond to the evidence. The US, as you might expect has gone absolutely ballistic about this, insisting that such an effort is impossible -- and that "it would take at least two months" to get the evidence together.

Of course, to some of us, that suggests that the DOJ hasn't yet looked at the evidence -- and thus it shut down the company and arrested its staff first, without even knowing if a crime had been committed.

Either way, that months-long delay presented a problem, since New Zealand had scheduled the extradition hearing for August 6th, and the Megaupload legal team deserved some time with the evidence to formulate its defense. The latest, however, is that New Zealand's High Court has agreed to an "urgent review" of the original ruling. The court also told the US to start the process of putting together the evidence to hand over to Dotcom's lawyers, but that it can wait until the High Court has reviewed the case before actually handing them over.

No matter what, this is once again showing the US's hubris in this case -- assuming it could waltz into New Zealand, with highly questionable evidence, shut down a company, and extradite the executives to the US without anyone asking questions. With each move in this case, more questions are raised about the competence of the DOJ staff who worked on this case, led by Neil MacBride -- a former "anti-piracy VP" for the copyright industries, who may have let his biases and previous (and future?) employers' interests get the best of him.

Filed Under: copyright, doj, evidence, extradition, high court, kim dotcom, neil macbride, new zealand, us
Companies: megaupload


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  1. identicon
    anon, 16 Jun 2012 @ 9:20am

    MEGAMUSIC

    All that Kim has to do is start a site for music lovers that is only for music that does not have copyrights attached to it. Anyone uploading of any music that is from the copyright monopolists would be banned from accessing the service, and anyone trying to get any music taken down would be sued if they did not have the right to take the music down.
    Enable visitors to the site to up vote music they like in the different genres and give rewards for people up-voting the top 10, like a t-shirt or something along those lines. Encourage people to donate to the artists they like and put up stats to the website relating to all traffic and money artists have made on a weekly basis. Even give people micro payments if they support the website , i am sure there would be a way to make a site like this grow so big that most artists with common sense would join it. Then there would be a new top 40 on the radios and tv shows would be allowed to use music in there shows for a small fee, something in the region of 10% of what the studios charge.

    All copyright would always remain with the artist but once it reached a certain level of support the artist would agree to keep it up on the site. Or some other rule that would prevent the studios from stealing the top artists.

    Maybe even allow other sites to share the music with the only provision being that there was a link to donate to the artist if people wanted to.

    If he does this as soon as the case is dropped , which i am sure it will be , he will be able to destroy the copyright monopolists very very quickly.

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