Copyright Infringement Experts & Kim Dotcom Extradition

forensics_ediscoveryNew Zealand Judge Nevin Dawson has said that Megaload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US to face charges that include copyright infringement, racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. Dotcom’s US attorney said expert witnesses in US extradition law, mass data storage and file-sharing will help them fight the case. US authorities state that Megaupload paid users to upload pirated films and music for profit. US film studios and record companies claim the file sharing site cost them more than $500M.

Copyright infringement experts are skilled in intellectual property, patent analysis and licensing, royalties, theft of trade secrets, and other issues concerning copyright validity. While copyright is not an extraditable offense, New Zealand attorneys acting for the US government argued that Dotcom’s company acted as a “conspiracy to defraud” lawful copyright owners.

At Kim.com, Robert R. Amsterdam and Ira P. Rothken write:

In Megaupload and the Copyright Lobby and the Future of Digital Rights

…The U.S. government’s attack on the popular cloud storage service Megaupload and the dramatized arrest of Kim Dotcom, the company’s principal founder – together with the seizure of all their worldwide assets – represents one of the clearest examples of prosecutorial overreach in recent history. One day after the U.S. Congress failed to enact the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the executive branch of the U.S. government commandeered Megaupload in a coordinated global take-down, and drew battle lines between digital rights advocates, technology innovators and ordinary information consumers on the one side, and Hollywood and the rest of the Copyright Lobby on the other.

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