Kim Dotcom agrees to voluntarily travel to the US if assets are unfrozen

By on July 11, 2012, 8:30 AM

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has agreed to voluntarily travel to the US to face piracy charges, but only if the Justice Department agrees to unfreeze his assets to help him cover living expenses and pay for legal representation. Dotcom announced the proposal on his Twitter account yesterday.

The statement by Dotcom was delivered only a day after a New Zealand court postponed his extradition hearing due to questions about the legality of evidence that was collected during a January raid on his mansion. Last month, a New Zealand judge ruled that evidence confiscated during the raid could be called into question because the warrants were invalid. The extradition hearing has been rescheduled to next year.

After the hearing was postponed, Dotcom told The Hollywood Reporter that the Justice Department’s actions clearly demonstrate that they don’t have a case against him. He says that the whole ordeal was about killing MegaUpload and causing other file hosting sites to panic – something that Dotcom says they achieved.

US officials claim that Dotcom and six other associates encouraged users to store pirated content on MegaUpload and share it with other members of the site. They say he is responsible for over $500 million in losses to all six major Hollywood studios and multiple record labels. Dotcom says that the service was completely legitimate and was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the situation, instead saying that they will leave their comments to the court filing.




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Guest said:

Very big of him.

avoidz avoidz said:

Don't think it'll happen. He'd be falling on his sword. No fair trial in the US for him.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I had no idea he's been convicted of so many other diverse crimes. He's not gonna have fun this time.

1 person liked this | Arris Arris said:

Everytime I see a picture of him I think "Humptydumpty". Sure he's in for a big fall.

MilwaukeeMike said:

Everytime I see a picture of him I think "Humptydumpty". Sure he's in for a big fall.

lol

Don't think it'll happen. He'd be falling on his sword. No fair trial in the US for him.

Yeah, the US sure has a reputation for unfair trials. That's why OJ Simpson and Casey Anthony got such severe sentences.

Tygerstrike said:

@avoidz

He would have a fair trial in the US. He wouldnt have a fair trial if it was a military court. However I dont think they have a jury box to fit a jury of his peers. He is charged with A LOT more then just simple piracy.

How would you define "fair"? If he has legal represention, and is allowed to produce evidence of his innocence, its fair. The ruling of a jury or a judge on the case at hand given the evidence provided, how would it not be fair? Are we to believe that you think he should get off scott free? Any person who commits a crime has to face the music eventually.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

If he is guilty then so is dropbox, googledrive, etc...

Jay Pfoutz Jay Pfoutz, Malware Helper, said:

If he is guilty then so is dropbox, googledrive, etc...

It all really depends on the implications each company has on copyright violations. Google frequently censors a lot of things from their sites. Take a look at their transparency report, FWIW: google.com/transparencyreport

Littleczr Littleczr said:

Megaupload - upload files to a server and share links with anyone you want. For a fee you will get more space.

Dropbox - Upload files and share the link with anybody you like, except we will not advertise when users download. Oh yea, and for a fee you will get more space.

1 person liked this | Zoltan Head said:

So which law do you say Dropbox is breaking?

Littleczr Littleczr said:

So which law do you say Dropbox is breaking?

sure, let met upload my music collection to dropbox. Ill send you the link when is done, I will also add my movie collection and laker game I recorded yesterday.

Jay Pfoutz Jay Pfoutz, Malware Helper, said:

Just going to megaupload.com, you will see the FBI notice right on the page with the laws they broke. Or a simple browse on an article about MegaUpload should reveal the details.

1 person liked this | Tygerstrike said:

@Littleczr

How exactly does your file sharing equate to the embezzelment that DotCom did? Yes MegaUpload got taken down as part of the investigation, but it still doesnt change the fact that DotCom is charged with more then piracy. Perhaps you need to read up a bit more on the situation before you post. It will save you the time and frustration you must feel when everyone looks at your posts and wonders if you even know what your typing about.

Guest said:

And this is when admiral Akbar would say.................. "It's a Trap!"

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