Dotcom loses latest extradition case

In his July 5 media statement, Dotcom continued: "To say that I am extremely disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal today is an understatement".

While the Court of Appeal held that "double criminality" was required for an extradition offense, it said that "we are satisfied that New Zealand law permits extradition for copyright infringement in the circumstances of this case". "We think that ultimately Kim Dotcom will prevail".

Today's court ruling comes six-and-a-half years after a dawn raid on the flamboyant German millionaire's Auckland mansion by armed police, who were acting on information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI shut down Dotcom's Megaupload.com file-sharing website in January 2012.

Of course, if the case against Dotcom et al ever does reach an American courtroom, they will claim that MegaUpload enjoyed safe harbour protection and therefore can not be held liable for any unlicensed content distributed over its networks by its users. According to prosecutors, that cost movie studios hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Mr Dotcom estimates he has spent 165 days in court and spent $40 million in legal fees on the case. Dotcom, who was granted New Zealand residency in 2010, was arrested two years later in a dramatic mansion raid.

Three New Zealand courts have now ruled against them, throwing out that argument and claims that they couldn't be extradited on charges of profiting from copyright infringement because it is not a crime in New Zealand. If handed over to the United States, he and his three co-defendants will face charges of copyright infringement and fraud that resulted in damages to record and film studios to the tune of over $500 million. But it differed from High Court judge Murray Gilbert on one important issue. Dotcom's lawyers had argued that he shouldn't be extradited because New Zealand law doesn't provide for criminal prosecution for online file sharing. I will appeal to the Supreme court. But the court concluded that "object" should be interpreted broadly-to encompass digital files as well as physical copies.

"The court's interpretation of the relevant copyright provisions can not be right".

'LITTLE KIM' Dotcom has lost his latest appeal to avoid extradition to the U.S. on charges that no one really remembers anymore.

The fight isn't over, though.

Dotcom's lengthy legal battle has previously seen the District and High Courts find against him.

Vanessa Coleman

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