Kim Dotcom Extradition to Go Ahead, But Not on Copyright Grounds
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Kim Dotcom Extradition to Go Ahead, But Not on Copyright Grounds

The New Zealand High Court today ruled that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, but it won’t be on copyright grounds. After months of deliberation, Justice Murray Gilbert agreed with the US Government’s position that this is a fraud case at its core, an offense that is extraditable. Dotcom says he will fight on. Following an extradition hearing lasting 10 weeks back in 2015, a New Zealand District Court judge ruled that Kim Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues could be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges. Dotcom immediately announced an appeal to the High Court, which took place over four weeks last September . Justice Murray Gilbert handed down his decision today, one that’s both thought-provoking and controversial. At the very center of the US Government’s case against Dotcom and former colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk, is the notion that the quartet engaged in criminal copyright infringement. Indeed, it was stated on numerous occasions that their case is the biggest copyright infringement case of all time. However, in his 363-page ruling ( pdf ) , Justice Gilbert found that there is no equivalent copyright crime in New Zealand […]

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