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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Released From Prison




Kim Dotcom has been released from prison after a New Zealand judge
granted him bail. The Megaupload founder will be the subject of strict
conditions including no Internet access after the prosecution expressed
fears he might reopen the site. Dotcom will now continue his fight
against extradition to the United States on copyright infringement,
racketeering and money laundering charges.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was released on bail by North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson today.


Dotcom had been held in custody since an anti-terrorist police squad raided his Coatesville mansion last month following a lengthy FBI investigation.


While the prosecution argued that Dotcom would have the financial resources to flee the country, the Judge concluded that “none of significance” were found.


An investigation did turn up four additional bank accounts in the Philippines but they were all empty.


As a result the Megaupload founder was released from prison and will
continue to fight the accusations of the United States, where he is
wanted on racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering
charges.
Although no longer in prison, Dotcom will have to abide by several
strict conditions at his Coatesville house. No helicopters will be
allowed to land on the premises, Dotcom will have to give police 24
hours notice should he choose to leave, and when he does there will be a
limit of 80km to his travels.
The Megaupload founder will also be denied access to the Internet.
Dotcom’s lawyer Paul Davison tried to lift the Internet restriction by
arguing that it was unrealistic since his client has to stay in touch
with his US-based defense team.
“It’s like saying he shouldn’t have access to a telephone, it’s such a fundamental means of communication,” Davison noted.


Prosecutor Anne Toohey said that Internet access would increase the
risk of a Megaupload resurrection in a jurisdiction where US authorities
can’t touch it.
Bram van der Kolk, Mathias Ortmann and Finn Batato, three other
Megaupload employees named in the “Mega Conspiracy” indictment, were all
previously released on bail. The former recently called on the New
Zealand authorities to keep its dignity in its extradition dealings with the United States.


Added: Feb-21-2012 Occurred On: Feb-21-2012
By: XjamesX
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Tags: Kim, Dot, Com, Megaupload, Extradition
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  • Everything about this is ridiculous. Anti terrorism squad? Did somebody start doing crack?!! What the fucking hell is that bullshit?!! Money laundering? From what? Prostitution? Drugs? Fraud? What? It's fucking strange that they would say, "boo hoo, he can't have internet access, because then he might reopen the site in another jurisdiction." First of all, since when does the US have jurisdiction in New Zealand? The FBI is a domestic police organization, not an international organizati More..

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  • Thank God there is some chance for freedom. Run! Fly like an Eagle my Free Enterprise Brother!

    I know I am alone on this issue. It's okay. Thumb me down all day long. This guy went from Rags (sorta) to Riches with a Website and a dream. (and one hellova business model).

    Dotcom guy, move to Monaco and enjoy your money! Well done, sir.

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  • Amazing how the LL opinion has shifted about this guy. When he was first jailed, all the comments were about him being a "rich fat piece of shit" Mostly ignoring what he accused of in favor of fat jokes and envy/hate.

    Now it seems many more people are sympathetic to his plight and see injustice in what is being done to him.

    Why? were the original comments from people not familiar with what was really going on, and now more people know kinda what the deal is?

    Interesting.

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    • @Nothingisfree I stick by that he's a fat piece of shit, I find it sad that people look at this guy as if he was a marauder for the pirating community.

      He's not, he charged users to download and upload copyrighted material, he made profit off items. This isn't the pirate bay, he wasn't just hosting torrents, he was charging and making profits off users for the items.

      Anyone who can take a moment and think about it would come to the same conclusion.

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    • @WingSP117 Your acting like the fee was mandatory, 95% of people never paid a cent. Others were happy to get a membership.

      The real reason the feds moved in was because he was about to launch Megabox.com

      "would allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings"

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    • @WingSP117
      I'll keep this brief...
      you do NOT have to pay to d/l from MU.

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    • @smyle Sorry, I'll keep it brief, you had to become a paying member to view more than 120 minutes of video/audio a day. I'm not sure of the data limit for downloading files for none members.

      As for them claiming to go legal as James posted, I still hold the same opinion on the matter. That's like a drug dealer stating the he planned on getting a job in pharmaceutics after the fact that he's a known dealer.

      I'll defend piratebay over this guy. If the internet cared mega**** would still be up li More..

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    • @WingSP117

      Going legit wasn't the reason. He was going to cut in on the entertainment industry's business. (giving way more to the people that actually make the app/game/movie or songs) he crossed the line in that regard. its like trying to tip the odds into your favour at the casino

      'Hey! you can't cheat us, we're the only ones that can cheat here!'

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  • "The Megaupload founder will be the subject of strict
    conditions including no Internet access after the prosecution expressed
    fears he might reopen the site. "

    What are they so scared about?

    I would love to get access to my mountain of data I have stored on mega upload.

    Before this raid megaupload was working on a manager killer. Would make the corporate whore that is holey wood redundant as artists would not have their money stolen from them, the site would work much like itunes, e More..

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  • Just move to a non extradition country, move your servers there too. Have a huge villa, private security and send a nice little hand written to the FBI saying "Fuck you and your puppets"

    So many developing countries don't care about copyright infringements and patents. However I'm sure with his wealth and a team of lawyers he won't see any prison time. Nor should he. What a joke.

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  • I about 5 kilometers away from this guy's mansion. I bet he's just happy to be away from all the scum in prison - Maoris and Islanders can be particularly depressing to have to live amongst. I feel for the guy, because the government here happily took his $10 million 'residency entrance fee', KNOWING he was under investigation, then premeditated seizing all his assets then the feds show up. Welcome to Jew Zealand pal, should have known something was up here.

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    • @downwire How are New Zealand politicians? "Jew Zealand"?

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    • Typical assholes, the whole Gamut of Crazies environmentalists, indigenous money-grabbers (Maori), and of course your typical jew-ass business asswipes. The current PM is a closet-jew that got rich ripping people off.

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    • @downwire

      Fuuuuck, you're a kiwi nutcase mate, and a hater to boost.
      I don't agree with the current government either but you seem to hate EVERYONE geeez.
      Are you some kind of 'pure' kiwi race (whatever that is).??


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  • Anti-terror police for money laundering and copyright infringement. Gotta love overkill. Now let's hope for megaupload part 2 soon.

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    • @lethe Yeah having money is a crime nowadays. Unless you're connected with the "old boy" network. The best thing is, though, that the drug dealers that all these laws started off being about are having absolutely zero problems.

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  • Mark my words, our government will not stop until they regulate the internet for their corporate buddies. Will just be a few years yet before gov control takes over. And let hope that will be the last straw for everybody.

    Everything the government touches turns to shit.

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  • How come the U.S.A FBI has power of Authority over the NZ Police and Government.
    We have our own laws and dont need OUTSIDERS dictating to Us on the way we run OUR country.
    Kimdotcom is a legal Beagle while being a Manuhiri here in Aotearoa.
    Enjoy Your Freedom with your Family while here in New Zealand K.Com

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  • good for him, and BTW, "no internet access"? lol

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  • That's one fat Dot

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  • Looks like Kingpin.

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  • FUCK THE POLICE, FUCK THE JUDGE, FUCK THE PROSECUTER BITCH.... GONE IN 60 SECONDS

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  • I miss Megavideo...

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  • Hey kim, if you read this, I have a remote mountain retreat I'll rent to you....PM me.

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  • As far as having a website called MegaUpload, which stored files for public (and private use) by users, how is he guilty? Because somebody didn't read the MegaUpload piracy policy and uploaded copyright material anyhow?

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  • goverments are like forming a world order with this stuff

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  • there's a taste of nelson mendela

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  • i loved that site.

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  • who the hell thinks his real name is dotcom? lol fucking idiot! lol

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