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Will NZ extradite Kim Dotcom?

The curious content-rich case of the German-cum-Kiwi rumbles on…

The online piracy battle rumbles on with the news that US authorities have formally requested the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, along with three senior staff members.

The colourful German-cum-Kiwi has consistently denied that his file-sharing site helped make it possible for users to illegally download copyrighted material. The prosecutors counter this, not only claiming that Megaupload cost copyright holders more than US$500 million, but also adding racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering, wire fraud and more to the charge sheet.

Dotcom himself remains defiant – ‘I’m no piracy king,’ has become his catchcry – but for a man who has spent much of his life online (for good or ill), one wonders how the court-imposed ban on access to the Internet before the extradition hearing (set for 20 August) will hurt?

This story – like the whole issue of online piracy and what it means for content creators – is set to run for a while longer…

 

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