Kim Dotcom: 'I Am Prepared to Fight to Get Justice'

Pauline Gross
July 6, 2018

Kim Dotcom says a Court of Appeal ruling that he is eligible for extradition to the United States is "extremely disappointing" and he will appeal to the Supreme Court.

A United States grand jury indicted Mr Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato on February 6, 2012, over the now-defunct file-sharing website Megaupload, which allegedly shared pirated films and other media.

The German national, who is accused of industrial-scale online piracy, had asked the court to overturn two previous rulings that he and his three co-accused be sent to the U.S. to face charges. I will appeal to the Supreme court.

The Court of Appeal released its finding today, upholding the decision of the High Court and District Court.

They deny the accusations and have been fighting hard against extradition, arguing that Megaupload was simply a file-sharing website and that they shouldn't be blamed for what others were uploading to it.

"The precedent set is concerning and has ramifications in New Zealand outside my case", he said.

In its 120-page judgement, the Court of Appeal indicated it wanted the matter resolved swiftly.

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The accused could face decades in prison, if convicted in the U.S.

In a tweet, Dotcom said his "global legal team", comprised of 20 lawyers from New Zealand, United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany, has worked on his case.

He used the wealth generated from his website to fund a lavish lifestyle of racing cars and luxury yachts, and at one point he lived in a Hong Kong hotel, before being granted permanent residency in New Zealand in 2010.

"The court's interpretation of the relevant copyright provisions can not be right".

While, from the legal point of view, Dotcom's future is looking bleaker and his surrender to the U.S. is looking more likely, just several months ago Dotcom declared his extradition case was over. The decision exposes Internet Service Providers to criminal liability for the misuse of their services by users, as it [claims] against me.

While the Court of Appeal held that "double criminality" was required for an extradition offense, it said that "we are satisfied that New Zealand law permits extradition for copyright infringement in the circumstances of this case".

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