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(1/6/2013) FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

 

It’s been quite the journey for Mega founder Kim Dotcom, but it seems like things are slowly coming to a conclusion. The High Court of New Zealand has ordered the FBI to return confiscated hard drives that were taken from Dotcom’s home when it was initially raided last year. They have also ordered the US government to destroy all copies that they might have archived.

Essentially, the FBI messed up pretty badly, and so did New Zealand authorities when they raided Dotcom’s mansion. It’s said that they seized all sorts of stuff that actually had nothing to do with the reason that Dotcom’s house was being raided, which is illegal, but the New Zealand police cloned the hard drives anyways and gave them to the FBI.

New Zealand authorities are now required to go through all of the illegally-seized evidence and determine what is actually relevant to the ongoing trial and return any evidence that isn’t pertinent to Dotcom. However, we’re not sure how all of that will be enforced, so as far as we know, there’s no way to tell if all irrelevant evidence will be returned.

This is another win for Kim Dotcom and his legal team, and essentially a mark in the loss column for the New Zealand government. Dotcom is best known for launching Megaupload, which is a file-sharing site that was eventually shut down by the government because it hosted copyrighted content.

After the shutdown of Megaupload, Dotcom launched a similar service called Mega, but claimed it was completely legal this time around, thinking that he wouldn’t have to deal with anymore legal scrutiny. However, his new file-sharing service is receiving criticism and anti-piracy advocates are wanting to shut down Mega for hosting copyrighted material yet again.

(28/11/2012) MegaUpload shutdown bad for the Box Office business ?

The resounding MegaUpload shutdown is almost history, Kim Dotcom is waiting to start a new (seemingly) legit business with its Mega service and researchers are now trying to understand what kind of impact (if any) the end of one of the most popular file sharing services on the Internet had on the entertainment business.

A new paper coming from European researchers is in particular focused on the film industry, being the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) one of the most powerful organizations behind the MegaUpload demise.

The paper analyzes data about 1,344 films in 49 different countries and their corresponding performances in theatres over a five-year period, highlighting the audience differences before and after the MegaUpload shutdown.

The researchers state that the file sharing service demise did in fact had a noticeable (negative) effect on the box office revenue, even though different types of entertainment reacted in different (opposed) ways to the pivotal event: blockbusters, Hollywood-type films went up, while smaller products were negatively impacted by the shutdown.

“Our counter-intuitive finding may suggest support for the theoretical perspective of (social) network effects”, the researchers write, “where file-sharing acts as a mechanism to spread information about a good from consumers with zero or low willingness to pay to users with high willingness to pay”. The “word of mouth” promotion theory is in fact true, the paper suggests, and the overall film industry lost a sizeable amount of money because of the MegaUpload shutdown.

Source: Neowin

(16/08/2012) New Zealand court wants evidence of piracy

 

Although Kim Dotcom doesn't have to worry about extradition to the US until at least March 2013, the case against the MegaUpload founder which has already seen a number of delays at the ire of the FBI who are desperate to get their hands on him, took yet another twist on Thursday.

The BBC reports that the New Zealand court has ruled that they must see evidence of piracy before Dotcom is extradited to the US. Justice Helen Winklemann said that the defence team needed access to the evidence ahead of the extradition hearing, due next year in March.

Dotcom denies that he copied and distributed music, films and other content on a grand scale. The US authorities have accused Dotcom of copyright theft, money laundering and racketeering fraud and could face a jail stint of up to 20 years if convicted in the US.

Prosecutors further accuse Dotcom of costing copyright holders more than $500m (£322m) in lost earnings, making it one of the biggest cases of its kind.

MegaUpload, one of the biggest file sharing websites, was shut down in January by US law enforcement officials. Dotcom and several other MegaUpload team members were charged at the time with online content piracy. Dotcom has maintained his innocence.

Source: BBC

(23.03.2012)MPAA Wants MegaUpload Data Saved for Future Lawsuits But it doesn't want to sue users.

It's been two months since the United States Department of Justice seized and shut down file-hosting site Megaupload.com. However, those using the site to store personal files are still unable to access their data, and there's talk that they may never get it back. MegaUpload is trying hard to avoid that situation but in the mean time, the case against MegaUpload continues.

The latest news is word that the MPAA actually wants to keep some of the data stored on MegaUpload's servers. According to Wired, a newly filed court document reveals that the MPAA is requesting that MegaUpload host Carpathia retain the 25 Petabytes of MegaUpload data it has on its servers. This includes account information for MegaUpload's 66 million users. The MPAA says it wants the information because it might decide it wants to sue the file-sharing site and others for copyright infringement. However, the Motion Picture Association of America says it doesn't intend to use the info to sue individual users.

MegaUpload also wants the data retained, but for different reasons. It wants to use the data as part of its defense and is apparently asking the government to free up some of its assets so it can pay Carpathia to hold on to the data for the time being. Additionally, the file-sharing site wants to give users access to files they have stored on MegaUpload's servers.

As for the host? Carpathia is currently spending almost $9,000 a day to keep the data and has petitioned the the courts to relieve it of this burden. Whatever happens, it's possible that if the data is preserved for further lawsuits, people will not be able to access their accounts to retrieve their files due to the fact that the data is part of legal proceedings. A hearing on this issue is expected next month, so we'll know more about the fate of user data at that point.

(20.03.2012) MegaUpload founder's asset ruled "null and void"

In a new development in the case against MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, a judge in New Zealand has ruled that the raid on Dotcom's assets in January was not conducted properly and has declared the raid's restraining order "null and void."


The raid on Dotcom's property was first conducted in January when US and New Zealand law enforcement officials shut down MegaUpload, claiming that the site was being used for online piracy. Dotcom and several other MegaUpload team members were arrested and $200 million in assets were seized, including freezing bank accounts and taking away a number of Dotcom's luxury sports cars.

However, The New Zealand Herald reports that on Friday law enforcement officials admitted they had made a "procedural error" in regards to ordering the original raid on MegaUpload and Dotcom's assets. The paperwork was applied to an order that did not allow Dotcom to launch his own defense.

After the raid, the mistake later corrected with law enforcement officials submitting the proper paperwork and retroactively listing all of MegaUpload's assets as being seized. However, this is just a temporary measure until the judge in the case, Justice Judith Potter, rules on whether or not Dotcom can get his assets back due to the original mistake.

(30.01.2012) Megaupload user data could be gone Thursday

Federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday.

U.S. prosecutors blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other content.

The company says its millions of users stored their own data, including family photos and personal documents. They haven't been able to see their data since the government raids earlier this month, but there has been hope would be able to get it back.


Megaupload hires outside companies to store the data, for a fee. But Megaupload attorney Ira Rothken said Sunday that the government has frozen its money.

A letter filed in the case Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said storage companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. may begin deleting data Thursday. Spokespersons for the two companies and for the U.S. Attorney's Office did not respond to messages Sunday night.

The letter said the government copied some data from the servers but did not physically take them. It said that now that it has executed its search warrants, it has no right to access the data. The servers are controlled by Carpathia and Cogent and issues about the future of the data must be resolved with them, prosecutors said.

Rothken said the company is working with prosecutors to try to keep the data from being erased. He said at least 50 million Megaupload users have data in danger of being erased.

Rothken said that, besides its customers, the data is important to Megaupload so it can defend itself in the legal case.

"We're cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done," he said.

Megaupload is based in Hong Kong. U.S. authorities said they had authority to act because some of its leased servers are in Virginia.

(23.01.2012) ศาลนิวซีแลนด์ค้านประกันตัวผู้บริหารเมกะอัพโหลด

ศาลนิวซีแลนด์คัดค้านคำร้องขอประกันตัวของนายคิม ดอตคอม หรือที่รู้จักกันในนาม คิม ชมิตซ์ ผู้ก่อตั้งเว็บไซต์รับฝากไฟล์ชื่อดัง เมกะอัพโหลด และพวกอีก 3 คน เพราะเกรงว่าผู้ต้องหาอาจจะหลบหนี
พนักงานอัยการให้ความเห็นต่อศาลว่า การให้ประกันตัวนายคิม ดอตคอมและพวก อาจจะทำให้ผู้ต้องหาหลบหนีคดี เพราะก่อนหน้านี้ นายคอม ดอตคอม มีประวัติการหลบหนีคดีและถือสิทธิพลเมืองของหลายประเทศ
ซึ่งขณะนี้เขาถือพาสปอร์ตของเยอรมนีและฟินแลนด์ รวมทั้งยังได้รับสิทธิในการอยู่อาศัย (เป็น resident) ในฮ่องกงและนิวซีแลนด์ได้อย่างถูกตามกฎหมาย
นายเดวิด แม็กนอตัน ผู้พิพากษาคดีดังกล่าว ประกาศว่า ขณะนี้ยังไม่สามารถตัดสินได้ เนื่องจากศาลต้องศึกษาข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม และจะออกแถลงการณ์เป็นลายลักษณ์อักษรเรื่องการประกันตัวนายคิม ดอตคอมและพวก ภายในวันพุธนี้
หลังจากที่กำลังตำรวจนิวซีแลนด์กว่า 70 นาย บุกเข้าล้อมคฤหาสน์หรูของนายคิม ดอตคอม ในเมืองโอ๊กแลนด์ เพื่อจับกุมตัวเขาและพวก เมื่อวันศุกร์ที่ผ่านมา และมีการแจ้งข้อหาว่า นายคิม ดอตคอม และพวก กระทำการละเมิดลิขสิทธิ์ในระบบอินเทอร์เน็ต พร้อมกับข้อหาฟอกเงินด้วย
ขณะที่สำนักงานตำรวจสอบสวนกลาง หรือเอฟบีไอ ของทางการสาหรัฐฯ ซึ่งเป็นผู้ประสานให้ทางการนิวซีแลนด์บุกจับกุมตัวผู้บริหารเมกะอัพโหลดทั้ง 4 คน โดยอ้างว่า เมกะอัพโหลดก่อความเสียหายต่อธุรกิจต่างๆ ด้วยการละเมิดลิขสิทธิ์เป็นมูลค่ากว่า 500 ล้านดอลลาร์ หรือประมาณ 15,800 ล้านบาท
ข้อมูลจากสำนักข่าวซีเอ็นเอ็นระบุว่า เว็บไซต์เมกะอัพโหลดเปิดตัวครั้งแรกในปี 2548 เพื่อให้บริการรับฝากไฟล์ และมีรายได้จากการเก็บค่าธรรมเนียมบัญชีผู้ใช้แบบพรีเมียม ซึ่งจะได้รับความสะดวกในการอัพโหลดและดาวน์โหลดไฟล์ขนาดใหญ่ได้ในระยะเวลาสั้นๆ
ขณะที่ทางการสหรัฐฯ ให้ข้อมูลว่า นับตั้งแต่ปี 2548 จนถึงปัจจุบัน เว็บไซต์เมกะอัพโหลดทำเงินจากการละเมิดลิขสิทธิ์ไปแล้วกว่า 175 ล้านดอลลาร์ หรือประมาณ 5,530 ล้านบาท และในขณะนี้ ทางการสหรัฐฯ ได้ดำเนินการอายัดทรัพย์สินของนายคิมดอต คอม และบริษัทเมกะอัพโหลดมูลค่า 50 ล้านดอลลาร์ หรือประมาณ 1,580 ล้านบาทไว้แล้ว พร้อมกับสั่งปิดเว็บไซต์เมกะอัพโหลดตั้งแต่วันพฤหัสบดีที่ผ่านมา

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