MegaUpload sees big court win, but case far from over
The big news on the online antipiracy front is that a New Zealand court ruled that police enforced illegal search warrants when they seized the assets of MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom.
What hasn't been made clear in the initial press reports is that this is not a final victory. Far from it. The ruling as it stands today does not impact DotCom's extradition hearing on August 6 or the charges facing him in the United States, according to legal experts. A hearing on the MegaUpload case is scheduled for tomorrow in a United States district court.
On January 19, New Zealand police, at the request of the United States, raided DotCom's rented mansion just outside Auckland and seized most of his property and assets. The U.S. Attorney's office has charged the managers of MegaUpload, a once popular cyberlocker service, with conspiracy and criminal copyright violations along with other related crimes. ...