Megaupload entrepreneur Kim Dotcom%20Dotcom&redirect=yes"> can be extradited to the United States, a New Zealand court has ruled. He’s accused of racketeering and criminal copyright charges. Lucy Fielder reports.
WELLINGTON, AUCKLAND, COATESVILLE, NEW ZEALAND (TVNZ / REUTERS / TV3) – Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom%20Dotcom&redirect=yes"> can be extradited to the United States, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday (July 5).
U.S. authorities accuse Dotcom and three fellow executives of costing film studios and record companies more than 500 million dollars by encouraging paying users to keep and share copyrighted material.
It’s the latest step in a six-year old saga, seen as a test of how far the long arm of U.S. law can reach to protect American firms’ intellectual property rights.
German-born Dotcom is known for his lavish lifestyle as much as for his computer skills.
His battle could continue, since the justice minister must approve his extradition, which could be subject to further court reviews.