Breaking: Kim Dotcom Now Faces Trial In the United States…

Kim Dotcom

It’s the kind of Christmas present only the FBI could give.  According to a court ruling issued in New Zealand early Wednesday, dismantled internet millionaire Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the United States in his ongoing Megaupload defense trial.

Dotcom, whose ultra-flashy lifestyle at Megaupload was abruptly terminated by a massive FBI-led raid four years ago, has been locked in a high-stakes legal defense ever since.  Now, the Hollywood-driven case against Dotcom will shift towards a less friendly venue, with Kiwi judge Nevin Dawson ruling that the US Government squarely satisfied extradition requirements.

Dotcom, whose original name is Kim Schmidt, faces extradition alongside cohorts Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk, and Finn Batato.  All will face the music on racketeering, money laundering, copyright infringement charges, among others.  Despite questionable due process, Dotcom was brutally stripped of his Megaupload empire by a show of force the resembled the Bin Laden raid.

Overall, Hollywood mega-studios allege that Dotcom caused more than $500 million in copyright damages to a slew of different media industries, including music, film, television, books, and games.

Kim Dotcom Tweet

The question now is whether Dotcom will ultimately pack his bags.  In a pre-court tweet, an ever-defiant Dotcom remained calm and assured his followers, “Don’t worry”. Meanwhile, Dotcom’s attorney Ira Rothken vowed to appeal the ruling to New Zealand’s High Court if necessary.

22 Responses

    • Rick Shaw

      Let’s hope 2016 sees more intelligent comments from you. This year you have littered the DMN comments section with complete dreck. Sheesh.

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  1. Verus

    It’s popcorn time for music.
    I’ll be making popcorn to watch this unfold.

    It’s time for the loser to pay.

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  2. FarePlay

    I look forward to what I hope will be a speedy, highly publicized trial. Dotcom has been able to use the massive wealth he accumulated from exploiting the work of musicians and filmmakers to fight extradition to prolong his day in court.

    His trial will be an opportunity to shine a light on the destruction piracy has caused to the entertainment industry, but more importantly the working artists who fuel that industry with their creativity. Few would argue that the blatant violation of copyright protection has contributed significantly to the financial meltdown that artists have endured since the turn of the century and opened the door to interactive music streaming which has further contributed to the economic inequality musicians and songwriters are struggling with today.

    If you are seriously interested in protecting artists and their work I encourage you to support the proposed ‘takedown and staydown’ amendment to section 512 of the DMCA: www.takedownstaydown.org

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    • AudioNomics

      Artists should join me in destroying any/all copies of their unreleased works.
      No pay? No play!
      Keep the art locked up in your head and not your hard drives… fuk the man…Fuk the leaches.
      Fight back with tue one thing they can’t seem to do without. Unless/Until favorable conditions exist keep it locked up! Why make the thieves / silicon valley IPO fukwads richer trading on our labor.
      No pay? NO PLAY!!!

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  3. Name2

    He ran a digital locker service.

    Enjoy your stone-age tech, where all future innovations are circumscribed by what makes music execs suspicious.

    I guess it’s a good thing you can’t use fire or solar eclipses to play music.

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  4. FarePlay

    You sure it wan’t weight watchers? You better save those solar flares for the jailbreak.

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  5. Anonymous

    You guys realize there are piles of other digital locker / file sharing services out there right?

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    • Name2

      And you realize that thousands of non-infringing users lost all their data when megaupload’s systems were seized, right? And the US government isn’t listening to their pleas because just because?

      So they don’t exactly give a shit right?

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      • Smartest guy in the room

        I gave all my retirement money to Michael Corleone to manage. I know that he has some questionable “business” practices but he makes big returns on investments so I gave him all my money anyway.

        Im no fool…….right?

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        • Name2

          One is now Michael Corleone for running a fast digital locker service in the cloud?

          I guess that fits in with the Resnikoff corollary: “You KNOW people who are downloading instead of streaming are thieves because come on.”

          The point of my response is that it doesn’t matter if there are a billion digital lockers out there. Innovation and services are now in effect only allowed to exist until some record company or Hollywood studio gets pissed off and doesn’t like it. The end result of that is either the content companies are going to have to be put in their rightful place, or the USA will become a third-world tech backwater. Hope the former happens before the latter.

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          • Smartest guy in the room

            The point of my post is I don’t want to hear about someone crying that they lost their data in a cyber locker that was run by a guy who bragged about breaking the law. If I give my money to a gangster I’m not gonna cry when the shit goes missing after the gangster thrown in prison

            And btw copyright infringement was just one of the charges brought against dot com by the FBI

          • Name2

            I don’t like buying music from companies run by guys who brag about their penis size.

            What punishment do I deserve?

          • False choice

            There’s a third possible choice besides putting Hollywood in it place and the USA becoming a tech third world. Run a cyber locker service that doesn’t break the law. I believe that was what a previous commenter meant when they mentioned the multitude of other cyber locker services out there

          • Name2

            Any locker service is subject to seizure and takedown in order to gather evidence and establish that laws have actually been broken. (Note: KD has not actually had his trial yet).

            This is exactly what happened to ALL of megaupload’s clients when the servers were seized and clients were told it sucks to be them.

            Right now, the government considers itself done with the forensics and also considers it an imposition that they haven’t been able to just blow the whole physical thing to kingdom come. Non-infringing users? Free to pound sand.

            That backwater? You’re soaking in it.

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