New Zealand appeals court ruling opens door to further extradition hearings
At the request of the US Department of Justice, a New Zealand court has ruled that the original Megaupload search warrant, executed on founder Kim Dotcom, was legal -- overturning a lower court's ruling holding it inadmissable. The previous ruling found the warrants vague, and that the poor construction of the warrant caused the seizure of materials seemingly irrelevant to the charges against the Internet mogul.
Legal battle in NZ continues for Dotcom
Internet personality and entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has stepped down as head of data locker service Mega in an effort to prevent his extradition to the US and to work on other previously-announced projects. He resigned as director of the company effective August 29, and was replaced by longtime co-worker Bonnie Lam on the same day.
Launch event at DotCom Mansion features 'FBI Raid'
Mega has seen over one million users sign up for its service in its launch day, the company reports. The user-number milestone was claimed by Kim DotCom himself at a launch event for the service in New Zealand, along with a message to governments, copyright holders, and to others seeking its closure: "We cannot be stopped."
Free storage offer dwarfs that of existing cloud storage services
Former Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has claimed that his new data storage service, Mega, will be offering users 50GB at no charge. The large-capacity offer eclipses free cloud storage offers from existing services, such as Dropbox and SugarSync, and will apparently require little to no effort to obtain, as opposed to some usage and promotional actions others require.
DOJ and Megaupload attorneys must decide what info to release
Justice Gladys Pardu has refused a US demand for complete and unrestricted access to the Megaupload servers that reside in Canada. Instead, the Ontario judge ordered the US Department of Justice and Megaupload attorneys to negotiate which information should be released under court supervision -- if no joint decision is made, then Justice Pardu will decide what the Department of Justice will be allowed to see, and may not allow anything.
Alternative domain available; Dotcom claims US DOJ witch hunt
Kim Dotcom's plan of launching Mega, a "bigger, better, faster, stronger, safer" successor to file locker Megaupload has been temporarily stymied. Gabon's government has suspended the announced domain name, before it could be utilized by Dotcom. Despite a US State Department report citing Gabon for rampant corruption and disregard of international law, the blocking official claimed to not want to allow the country to be used by "unscrupulous people."
Kim Dotcom bypasses US laws, moves ahead with new site
Kim Dotcom has rebounded from his Megaupload woes with the details of a brand new filesharing service called Mega published on a new promo page. This time, Dotcom has employed a range of strategies to ensure that the site remains beyond the reach of US authorities by hosting the service outside of US jurisdiction as well as employing special encryption technologies. The new service, first announced last month, will also utilize public and private servers around the world to ensure that no Megaupload-style FBI takedowns can be conducted against the new site.
Claims company not served correctly and due process rights violated
Megaupload has filed a motion to dismiss all US Government charges, potentially bringing the case to an end. According to Torrent Freak, the legal team for the file repository argues that the US has violated Megaupload's due process rights by destroying the business while not properly serving the company. The motion comes a day after a New Zealand court demanded full disclosure of all evidence held by the US in a case seeking extradition of Kim “Dotcom” Schlitz and other executives.
Dotcom expecting $850,000 in cash, property
Kim Dotcom, Megaupload's beleaguered founder, will have some of his assets returned. Judge Judith Potter, the New Zealand High Court judge assigned to the asset seizure issue, reversed her previous decision on the matter and declared that a court-ordered seizure in January and a backup order filed in February were invalid and should not be enforced.
Dotcom never legally served by the US
United States district court Judge Liam O'Grady declared today that Megaupload owner Kim Dotcom's trial may never happen, as criminal charges were never formally filed within or by the United States. Prior to shutdown, Megaupload was the world's biggest file repository on the internet, and was allegedly responsible for up to 4 percent of Internet traffic. Megaupload's headquarters and a Virginia data center were raided on January 19 of this year.
Kim Dotcom allowed access to web, pool, more
Despite the US trying to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand, a Monday court hearing has given the executive basic rights. Dotcom will be allowed to surf the web and swim daily to help ease back pain, TorrentFreak revealed. He will also be allowed to finish a music album he has been working on.