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U.S. Government Tries to Stop Megaupload Successor

By - Source: Techworld | B 49 comments

US Department of Justice argues that Dotcom will breach the terms of his bail if he launched Mega.

The U.S. government has warned Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom not to launch the recently unveiled successor to the file sharing site, Mega, as it may apparently breach his New Zealand bail conditions.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion last week that argues that Dotcom had deliberately misled the foreign court.

A January bail application affidavit sees Dotcom stating that he had no plans of rebooting Megaupload or “some new iteration of the site”. However, prosecutor Neil MacBride has stressed that Mega is a violation of the claim made by Dotcom.

"Defence counsel's claim that the corporate defendant can and should be allowed to operate undermines the sworn statements of Dotcom that he has no plans or ability to continue to operate or fund the businesses in the indictment during pendency of the extradition process," MacBride said.

Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, responded to the allegations by stating the suggestions are baseless. "It's a serious allegation, but we believe it is an ignorant allegation and they're basing it upon absolute speculation,” he said. "It sounds like the United States is attacking a technology before they fully investigate it. This looks to be the second time they're doing that. Kim Dotcom is innocent, and he's entitled to be involved in technology and business."

Mega, a file sharing site that works in a similar fashion to its predecessor, is said to be raid-proof through the implementation of an "Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm".

Dotcom said that the site, which is due for a 2012 launch, is not "a giant middle finger to Hollywood and the DoJ" as it'll have rules in place allowing copyright holders to send the DMCA a takedown notice in order to remove copyright-infringing content from the service.

 

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  • 33 Hide
    kinggraves , October 31, 2012 6:07 PM
    USA enforcing a bail set by an NZ court on an NZ citizen on a case they can't successfully extradite.

    America is judge, jury, and dog bounty hunter rolled into one..

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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 6:19 PM
    I'm from New Zealand. I can tell you that this whole dot com saga has blown up in the United States face, public opinion of the US is down, and the NZ PM is quite red faced over it due to the illegal ways that the information about Megaupload was collected(The GCSB is in a bit of trouble).

    Dotcom looks like he will win his court case and be able to stay in NZ(so far).

    NZ has very basic laws when it comes to copy right, the skynet law has fallen over too. Don't be too surprised if this "Mega" site pops up and stays ;) 

    On a personal note, I'd like to invite the US to stick to their own country. We're sick of you pushing us around and expecting us to bend over backwards for you. We are kiwis, not americans. We have kiwi laws, not american laws

    Long story short, quit throwing your weight around and stick to your own borders
  • 29 Hide
    koolaidman93 , October 31, 2012 6:48 PM
    @silver565

    I'm from the US and I want us to stick to our own borders as well. The way the US is heading is not very promising.
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  • 14 Hide
    mikuri , October 31, 2012 5:48 PM
    USA, WHY YOU NO SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY.
    morons.
  • 33 Hide
    kinggraves , October 31, 2012 6:07 PM
    USA enforcing a bail set by an NZ court on an NZ citizen on a case they can't successfully extradite.

    America is judge, jury, and dog bounty hunter rolled into one..

  • 32 Hide
    silver565 , October 31, 2012 6:19 PM
    I'm from New Zealand. I can tell you that this whole dot com saga has blown up in the United States face, public opinion of the US is down, and the NZ PM is quite red faced over it due to the illegal ways that the information about Megaupload was collected(The GCSB is in a bit of trouble).

    Dotcom looks like he will win his court case and be able to stay in NZ(so far).

    NZ has very basic laws when it comes to copy right, the skynet law has fallen over too. Don't be too surprised if this "Mega" site pops up and stays ;) 

    On a personal note, I'd like to invite the US to stick to their own country. We're sick of you pushing us around and expecting us to bend over backwards for you. We are kiwis, not americans. We have kiwi laws, not american laws

    Long story short, quit throwing your weight around and stick to your own borders
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    koolaidman93 , October 31, 2012 6:48 PM
    @silver565

    I'm from the US and I want us to stick to our own borders as well. The way the US is heading is not very promising.
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    Kami3k , October 31, 2012 6:52 PM
    RIAA and MPAA are at it again!
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 7:11 PM
    jacobdrjI agree that if you are not doing anything inherently immoral that each sovereign state's laws should be respected. That is the nature of sovereignty. However, just playing devil's advocate: Since most of the Interweb's backbone is in the US, the whole "keep your laws out of our country" could backfire if the US in turn says that you can't connect to our Interwebs anymore...Just sayin...


    Fair comment, but it isn't just the dotcom saga now, the US is really starting to get into NZ now and stir things up, it's becoming quite annoying. The TPP is going to damage our country quite badly, and we can't get out of it because of the weight the US has.

    It's a sad thing to watch your own country get destroyed, wouldn't you agree? Everything your country stands for, worked hard to achieve etc is destroyed in a matter of years by someone else who only cares for themself
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 7:14 PM
    olin9@silver565 then stop using products from the USA. No movies or music for YOU.


    Wow aren't you mature! Perhaps NZ should stop exporting milk? We produce about 1/3 of the words supply.

    NO MILK FOR YOU

    see, everyone can be an immature dropkick.

    I was merely saying that NZ law should be observed while in NZ. Not the US laws. If I were to visit your country, would you want me to observe my laws, or yours?

    Act your age, not your shoe size. NZ has done nothing to harm the US, we've been nothing but good to you, so why are you determined to ruin us?
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    Rhinofart , October 31, 2012 7:40 PM
    I like how he thinks that all the world's movies and music are made in the states. I say, keep your shitty little Hollywood there, and quit useing foreign talent (Non US born people) and we'll see how far that takes you.
    US needs to keep it's nose out of other peoples business, and worry more about sorting themselves out. It was afterall their fault for the world recession with their constant greed.
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 7:46 PM
    RhinofartI like how he thinks that all the world's movies and music are made in the states. I say, keep your shitty little Hollywood there, and quit useing foreign talent (Non US born people) and we'll see how far that takes you.US needs to keep it's nose out of other peoples business, and worry more about sorting themselves out. It was afterall their fault for the world recession with their constant greed.


    Agreed, they can't have it both ways if they want to start pulling down the house.

    I wouldn't blame them for creating the recession, I'd blame multiple countries. But the US is right up there
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    ibjeepr , October 31, 2012 7:46 PM
    silver565Wow aren't you mature! Perhaps NZ should stop exporting milk? We produce about 1/3 of the words supply.NO MILK FOR YOUsee, everyone can be an immature dropkick.I was merely saying that NZ law should be observed while in NZ. Not the US laws. If I were to visit your country, would you want me to observe my laws, or yours?Act your age, not your shoe size. NZ has done nothing to harm the US, we've been nothing but good to you, so why are you determined to ruin us?


    I am in the U.S. and I would love to see the U.S. start focusing a little more between the borders, however, when American businesses are hurt by foreign copyright infringement (i.e. China) then I say we go where ever we need to in order to take legal action.
    As far as milk goes, I'm pretty sure between California and Wisconsin, the U.S. isn't in dire need of import milk; but I've never looked into how much we import and from where for milk so I may be wrong.
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    Camikazi , October 31, 2012 7:49 PM
    RhinofartI like how he thinks that all the world's movies and music are made in the states. I say, keep your shitty little Hollywood there, and quit useing foreign talent (Non US born people) and we'll see how far that takes you.US needs to keep it's nose out of other peoples business, and worry more about sorting themselves out. It was afterall their fault for the world recession with their constant greed.

    The problem with that is that when the US does stick their nose into something everyone says they should stay out but when something happens and the US doesn't do anything the world is criticizing us for not doing anything. The world is two faced about us and no matter what we do we are gonna get attacked for it.
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 8:03 PM
    ibjeeprI am in the U.S. and I would love to see the U.S. start focusing a little more between the borders, however, when American businesses are hurt by foreign copyright infringement (i.e. China) then I say we go where ever we need to in order to take legal action.As far as milk goes, I'm pretty sure between California and Wisconsin, the U.S. isn't in dire need of import milk; but I've never looked into how much we import and from where for milk so I may be wrong.


    And the FBI illegaly taking data out of NZ is ok? Misleading our authorities is ok?

    You have cost us millions of dollars, and it is unacceptable. We have a population of 4 million. Every person in NZ would have to give more than $2 to cover the cost of your failed raid

    Thanks for wasting our money
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 8:04 PM
    CamikaziThe problem with that is that when the US does stick their nose into something everyone says they should stay out but when something happens and the US doesn't do anything the world is criticizing us for not doing anything. The world is two faced about us and no matter what we do we are gonna get attacked for it.


    You have to make up your mind though. One action or the other. You either don't do anything and stick to that, or you do something and stick to that. Flip flopping is why the bad name keeps getting dished out.

    I bet you, that if the US didn't do anything but look after themselves for 20 years, perceptions would change
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    makaveli316 , October 31, 2012 8:06 PM
    ibjeeprI am in the U.S. and I would love to see the U.S. start focusing a little more between the borders, however, when American businesses are hurt by foreign copyright infringement (i.e. China) then I say we go where ever we need to in order to take legal action.As far as milk goes, I'm pretty sure between California and Wisconsin, the U.S. isn't in dire need of import milk; but I've never looked into how much we import and from where for milk so I may be wrong.


    Lucky for you that it happened to be New Zealand, a country who "assist" the US, cause if would've been China, Russia or others, USA would be singing another song.
    ....still, people and countries need to learn to know their role and watch their own shit.
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 8:08 PM
    makaveli316Lucky for you that it happened to be New Zealand, a country who "assist" the US, cause if would've been China, Russia or others, USA would be singing another song.....still, people and countries need to learn to know their role and watch their own shit.


    And unfortunately for my country we've lost millions of dollars for "assisting" the US. We aren't a big country, nor are we rich.
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    silver565 , October 31, 2012 8:09 PM
    koolaidman93@silver565I'm from the US and I want us to stick to our own borders as well. The way the US is heading is not very promising.


    I'm glad to hear that. Please don't assume I hate the US, I just dislike your government at the moment.

    Perhaps you should run for president? You'd do a better job than the people you have running at the moment ;) 
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    a little black duck , October 31, 2012 8:23 PM
    If the RIAA has said that the biggest piracy threats are from China, India, and Russia. Why did they nail an 18yr old English kid, a 34yr old solo mother from Texas? and now trying to nail a fat German living in NZ?
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