Monday February 20, 2017

Court Rules Kim Dotcom Can be Extradited to America

Kim Dotcom of Megaupload fame has lost a legal battle to avoid extradition to America to face fraud charges. He is alleged to have 13 pending charges against him including conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud. He has announced that he is going to appeal the judgement. We will have to wait to see if he is "Coming to America."

He has lived a very lavish lifestyle even after the FBI raid that confiscated millions of dollars from his New Zealand mansion. He has made many videos of him on yachts, private jets, huge parties, etc. It shall be interesting to see if he actually gets extradited this time. The Court in New Zealand has already ruled that he isn't liable for the copyrighted material that was on his Megaupload service. I wonder if he will face those charges here regardless of their ruling? I remember Al Capone serving an 11 year sentence for tax evasion.

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U.S. authorities say Dotcom and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million by encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material. High Court judge Murray Gilbert said that there was no crime for copyright in New Zealand law that would justify extradition but that the Megaupload-founder could be sent to the United States to face allegations of fraud.