A New Zealand court has notified US prosecutors that they must produce clear evidence of internet piracy before any extradition proceedings decide whether or not to send our old mate, Kim Dotcom, to the US to face various charges relating to a pie we’ve – let’s be honest here – probably all had at least a little finger in at some point! The New Zealand judge ruled that the defence must be given full access to evidence and time to prepare their case for the extradition hearing in March 2013.
We may be experts when it comes to helping you sell iPads and old Kindles, but we’re also made up of that special kind of internet fan who aren’t going to spend £45.00 on a box set without reading every single review and catching a decent viewing of content quality. It’s just the kind of fussy folks we are. So we’re no strangers to the odd naughty bit of downloading. But Mr Dotcom’s empire was more than a little beyond our occasional sneaky episode of some US aired-only show.
January 2012 – Kim Dotcom’s mansion is raided and evidence seized by the FBI.
June 2012 – A judge ruled the original raid warrant and the way evidence was gathered were both illegal.
August 2012 – The extradition hearing is delayed.
March 2013 – The planned extradition hearing date.
The FBI claim Mr Dotcom is guilty of various copyright theft charges, money laundering and racketeering fraud. (Boardwalk Empire taught us that ‘racketeering’ is basically any form of organised crime or a scheme with criminal intentions).
We’re really interested in how cases like this pan out. With one judge already quitting after describing the US as “the enemy”, we reckon there are going to be plenty more tasty developments in what’s likely to become a wikileaks-style case of the baddies versus this guy.
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