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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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Feds Shut Down Wildly Popular Piracy Website; Hackers Retaliate

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It was outright war in the cyberworld this week.

The feds on Thursday announced that they had shut down an incredibly popular website Mequapload, only to see hackers retaliate by blocking access to multiple web sites including the Justice Department and Universal Music.

The Justice Department said that seven people and two corporations had been charged  in Alexandria, Va., with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites.

The feds say the piracy generated more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and caused more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners.

Authorities alleged that Megaupload illegally shared movies, television shows and e-books, pornography, prompting hackers to retaliate by blocking access to several Web sites, including those of the Justice Department and Universal Music. In some cases, people saw movies before their release.

“This action is among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States and directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime,” the Justice Department said in its press release.