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Judge: Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited to US

Case could have major online copyright implications

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge ruled Wednesday that colorful Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom's lawyers say they will appeal the decision. Judge Nevin Dawson's ruling came nearly four years after US authorities... More »

Kim Dotcom Brings Own Chair to Extradition Hearing

It's expected to last 4 weeks

(Newser) - The colorful founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, closed by authorities in 2012, will face trial in the US if prosecutors have their way. Kim Dotcom —charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering, and money-laundering—appeared in a New Zealand court today for an extradition hearing in which US... More »

Did New Zealand Use NSA to Spy on Kim Dotcom?

Agency's technology may be used for 'bread-and-butter law enforcement': journalist

(Newser) - New Zealand has previously acknowledged surveillance of Kim Dotcom, the man behind file-sharing site Megaupload—and a new assessment suggests that NSA systems may have helped. The investigation, initially posted by New Zealand journalist Keith Ng and reviewed at Ars Technica , relates to the country's Government Communications Security Bureau,... More »

Kim Dotcom Accuses FBI of Illegal File-Sharing

Cloned computers sent to the US without approval of NZ authorities

(Newser) - Kim Dotcom, the MegaUpload chief fighting extradition to the US from New Zealand, says the FBI did some illegal file sharing of its own. His lawyer claims agents committed an "illegal act" by sending cloned copies of Dotcom's seized computer to the US via Fedex without a judge'... More »

Dotcom Must Get by on $49K a Month

Megaupload founder also granted use of his $120K car

(Newser) - It will be hard, but as he waits for a decision on his extradition to the US, somehow Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom will have to survive on a monthly allowance … of almost $50,000. That's how much a New Zealand court granted Dotcom, who faces copyright infringement and... More »

Megaupload Data May Be Dumped This Week

Millions of users' personal documents at risk: firm

(Newser) - Megaupload users, be warned: Your data could be deleted starting Thursday. A wealth of personal photos and documents are stored by way of Megaupload, according to the company. That data has been inaccessible to users amid an investigation over pirated materials . Megaupload pays storage companies to house its users' data—... More »

Fed Crackdown Panics File-Sharing Sites

Top cyberlocker sites move to restrict usage, some shut down

(Newser) - The FBI-led shutdown of Megaupload last week has many of the top file-sharing sites around the world panicking, causing them to shut down their controversial services, reports ABC News . Two— and—are completely closing, while seven others have introduced restrictions. Limits include restricting users' ability to... More »

Web's New Colorful Bad Boy: 'Kim Dotcom'

German-born Kim Schmitz leads a lavish lifestyle

(Newser) - The high-profile crackdown this week on on allegations of online piracy has brought the larger-than-life exploits of its founder, Kim Dotcom, into the spotlight. We already knew he had a safe room . Some other highlights collected from the Wall Street Journal , USA Today , and the Independent :
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Megaupload Founder Hid From Cops in Panic Room

Police raid Kim Dotcom's fortified mansion

(Newser) - New Zealand police raided the fortified mansion of Megaupload founder "Kim Dotcom" today, and the arrest did not go smoothly. Police tell the AFP that when they arrived, Dotcom, who is also known as Kim Schmitz, "retreated into the house and activated a number of electronic locking mechanisms,... More »

FBI Closes File-Sharing Site; Anonymous Gets Revenge

After Megaupload is shut down, hackers hit Justice Department

(Newser) - After yesterday's SOPA protest comes more online piracy fun: The FBI today shut down the file-sharing site and charged seven people with copyright infringement, reports the Wall Street Journal . Soon after, the hackers of Anonymous sought revenge by taking down the websites of the Justice Department, Universal... More »

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