Warrants used in Megaupload raid are invalid, says Judge

By Leeky · 14 replies
Jun 28, 2012
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  1. The US Government has been dealt a blow in its ongoing extradition battle to have Kim Dotcom face charges for copyright infringement and racketeering, after search warrants used to raid the Megaupload founder's Auckland mansion were declared invalid by the……

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  2. Good, finally a victory - which will be overshadowed by the approaching doom via obamacare.

    ...yes, I went there! :p
  3. Good news, I wonder other laws they broke while capturing this "outlaw".

    I still have that song stuck in my head. M E G A Upload to me today. Send me a file, Megaupload. MEEEEEEEGAA!
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Well... think about it.... The police were unlawful because they refused to return the material that wasn't relevant to the case. As if Megaupload kept a separate partition called 'illegal stuff' so the police could only seize exactly the right data. All the police have to do is sort through the 150TB of data.

    This is a procedural stunt by the lawyers if ever there was one.
  5. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    He just made the service, he shouldn't go through this, when it was the users that abused the system.
  6. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    It was a judge in the NZ High Court.
  7. So a Kiwi (New Zealand) Judge knows the law better than a team of US prosecutors , I would say the "Mobs" who initiated this law suit should perhaps remember that outside the US they have less chance on influencing Judges and being sloppy with a simple thing as a warrants uotline is enough to throw a case out on its ears.
  8. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93


    Mr. DotCom has been arrested for far more then simply file sharing. To start there is the embezzelment. A host of other charges have been leveled against him besides that one. And you may be right about the users are the ones who commited the piracy, but the anti piracy laws have been in effect for many many years. He created a service that was specificly designed to allow copyright infringment.

    Im 100% certain that DotCom is going to face charges in the US. How he gets there however is a different story. The US is trying to do it legally. BUT if it doesnt go through that way, they will just send a cruzier out, park it offshore and chopper in and snatch him.
  9. america trying to police the world again lol
  10. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Old new that has nothing to do with this case as he was already convicted.

    "In 2001, Dotcom purchased ?375,000 worth of shares of the nearly bankrupt company LetsBuyIt.com and subsequently announced his intention to invest ?50 million in the company. Unknown to others, Dotcom did not have the funds available to invest, although the announcement caused the share value of LetsBuyIt.com to jump by nearly 300%. Dotcom sold his shares a few days later for ?1,568,000.

    Dotcom had also arranged and obtained an unsecured loan of ?280,000 from Monkey AG, a company for which Dotcom had served as Chairman of the Board. The funds were to be paid to Kimvestor AG. As a result, both Monkey and Kimvestor went bankrupt. Dotcom expressed remorse, stating that he had been "dazzled" and had not recognized that he would be unable to repay the loans.

    In January 2002, Dotcom was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, deported to Germany, and subsequently sentenced to a probationary sentence of one year and eight months, and a ?100,000 fine, the largest insider-trading case in Germany at the time. Dotcom also pleaded guilty to embezzlement in November 2003 and received a two-year probation sentence."

  11. Mantrhax

    Mantrhax TS Rookie Posts: 36

    The correct questions is , "How much money the US government spent on this fiasco ? " and who will cover this ?
  12. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    "Im 100% certain that DotCom is going to face charges in the US. How he gets there however is a different story. The US is trying to do it legally. BUT if it doesnt go through that way, they will just send a cruzier out, park it offshore and chopper in and snatch him."

    Nah. The Pentagon will simply declare war on New Zealand when directed to by the U.S. entertainment industry, acting through its purchased politicians. Where you been? /s
  13. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93


    The US wont declare war on NZ, they dont have oil. NZ would want the US favor, so im sure they are bending over backwards to assist the US in the deportation process. 10 to 1 NZ is a consumer of US products, so if the military did chopper in and snatch him, NZ would "tisk" at the US and go on their merry way. You dont piss off Mr. Crack Man and expect to get your crack lol.
  14. bout time this guy got a break. his arrest was unfair considering every other site that hosts pirated material..........COUGH YOUTUBE COUGH. oh yea they werent raided/sued because theyre owned by google oh ya I forgot.
  15. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    So there's pretty much no hope for megaupload to come back it seems :(

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