KIM DOTCOM BEGINS FINAL SUPREME COURT BATTLE TO AVOID US EXTRADITION | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


KIM DOTCOM BEGINS FINAL SUPREME COURT BATTLE TO AVOID US EXTRADITION

SOURCE: TORRENTFREAK

More than seven years after the dramatic arrest of Kim Dotcom and several of his former Megaupload colleagues, the quartet are making a final plea to New Zealand's Supreme Court. The hearing, expected to last five days, will determine whether an earlier decision to extradite the men to the United States should be upheld. For them, the stakes could not be higher.

When file-hosting site Megaupload was shut down in 2012, few could have predicted the events of the years to follow.

The arrest of founder Kim Dotcom and colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato in New Zealand, triggered dozens of legal processes, many designed to expedite, delay or indeed avoid the quartet’s extradition to the United States.

Before it was closed, Megaupload claimed responsibility for around 4% of global Internet traffic. Much of this, the United States government claims, was pirated content, particularly movies, TV shows and music, costing US companies around US$500 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As someone who has had copywritten music without license, or fees, I can understand the position of companies from which this content was pirated.

However, that being said, I would suggest that the sentence be left for "community service" to help those companies who got ripped off, learning how to never have this happen again.

This... would be a far greater service than throwing these people in jail to rot.

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