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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom, Fighting Extradition to the U.S., to Start a New Political Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is busy these days.

In addition to trying to avoid extradition to the U.S. on charges of massive copyright infringement, Dotcom is hatching a new political party in New Zealand, where he lives, the Washington Post reports.

Dotcom said he’s confident he’ll stay in New Zealand, saying copyright infringement is not a sufficient reason to force his extradition.

Dotcom said he’s still in the planning stages.

“I have a handful of people who have already committed to be part of it, but we’re still in the early stages,” he told the Post about getting others involved in his new party, which does not yet have a name.

Megaupload founder Dotcom Taunts FBI with New Web Site

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly a year after the FBI raided Kim Dotcom, the creator of the file sharing giant Megaupload, the New Zealand man is taunting federal officials with a new site, Computer World reports.

On Tuesday, Dotcom unveiled a teaser page, Kim.com, that is riddled with insults to the U.S. and vows to soon offer file sharing.

“Mr. President, the war on the Internet has begun,” his web page reads. “Hollywood is in control of politics. The government is killing innovation.”

Dotcom was arrested in January on accusations that his Megaupload site allowed for illegal file sharing.

Dotcom is free of jail on $30 million bond.

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Judge Rules FBI Must Release Dotcom Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. federal authorities cannot extradite the founder of the Megaupload online file-sharing site without evidence supporting charges of copyright breaches and internet piracy, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Without access to materials relevant to the extradition hearing phase, the person sought will be significantly constrained in his or her ability to participate in the hearing,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in a written judgment.

The FBI claims Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, netted millions of dollars by copying movies and music without authorization.

Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand authorities at his rented house near Auckland in late January.

FBI’s Global Crackdown on Music, Movie Sharing Hits a Snag

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New Zealand court delivered a blow to the FBI’s global crackdown on copyright theft, ruling Thursday that a search warrant used to raid the mansion of the suspected kingpin of an Internet piracy ring was illegal, Reuters reports.

The FBI accuses Megaupload.com operator Kim Dotcom, of Germany, of netting $175 million since 2005 by copying and distributing movies, music and other copyrighted content.

Dotom’s lawyer said the website was only for online storage, not swapping unauthorized music or movies.

High Court Judge Justice Helen Winklemann said the warrants used to seize property from Dotcom’s house were illegal because they did not adequately describe the offenses.

Dotcom Denied Bail, US Seeks Extradition

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The US government’s determination to prosecute copyright infringers continues to strengthen.

After being arrested in New Zealand on behalf of the US, the man behind the file-sharing website Megaupload.com Kim Dotcom was denied bail, reports the Sydney Morning Herald, and US authorities are now seeking his extradition.

Dotcom’s company is said to have cost copyright owners more than $500 million through copyright infringement. Dotcom, for Kim Schmitz in Kiel, Germany 38 years ago, was previously convicted of hacking and insider trading. He continues to deny any wrongdoing.

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Website Founder Pleads Not Guilty

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Several days after the feds shutdown the popular file-sharing website Megaupload.com  in an anti-piracy operation, the site’s founder claimed he was not guilty,  reports Reuters.

Kim Dotcom pleaded not guilty at a court hearing in New Zealand to piracy and money laundering. Prosecutor Anne Toohey told a court at Dotcom’s bail hearing that the suspect was a flight risk “at the extreme end of the scale” because he had access to money, fake ID papers and had a history of fleeing federal charges, according to Reuters. Authorities want to extradite him to the U.S.

The judge, David McNaughton, said Dotcom’s bail application was too complicated to rule on immediately, saying he would issue a written decision by Wednesday.

“Given the breadth of issues covered in this bail application and the seriousness of the issues, I am going to reserve my decision,” the judge said, according to Reuters.

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