The legal case of businessman Kim Dotcom, owner of the former file-sharing website Megaupload, continues in court eight years after the police operation that ended the site’s activities. And, according to a new New Zealand court ruling, where he currently resides, the resolution is expected to delay even further.
The latest update in the lawsuit indicates that Dotcom could still be extradited to the United States for a trial in the country regarding copyright infringement committed due to piracy on Megaupload. However, according to the New Zealand Herald, for that to happen “more legal arguments” are needed by the prosecution.
The country’s Supreme Court still dismissed an accusation of conspiracy to carry out money laundering. This means that Dotcom’s defense may still appeal against the initial results and, at best, even avoid extradition. New legal disputes are expected to take place in the country, but without definitive decisions until these new hearings have yet to be determined.
Remember the case
Dotcom’s arrest took place in 2012, in a police operation carried out by the FBI in New Zealand. However, the court was unable to determine whether he would in fact be tried in the country or extradited to the United States.
Eccentric Kim Schmitz was born in Germany and would have accumulated up to $ 42 million with earnings from Megaupload, one of the most popular file sharing and downloading sites of the 2000s. The page was closed after his arrest and the vast majority of files there hosted ended up destroyed on charges of piracy. Dotcom even launched a replacement platform, MEGA, which is still in the air today – but in a smaller proportion and without the involvement of its creator.
The delay in the case, which has already required a lot of money spent on both sides, involves several twists and turns. In 2014, the businessman achieved a victory in court and was even released. Four years later, he sued the New Zealand government for “destruction of his business, loss of reputation, loss of business opportunities, legal costs and loss of opportunities in the home he rented”.
In addition to the aforementioned lawsuits, the Megaupload team also responds for other allegations, which include copyright infringement, postal fraud and illegal distribution of films that at the time had not been released in cinemas.