Dotcom extradition appeal closing

The Kim Dotcom extradition appeal seems to have dropped off the local media radar. If it wasn’t for Nelly prodding away here it would just about have been forgotten.

The closing arguments were heard in Court in Auckland this week.

Reuters: Dotcom’s appeal against extradition to U.S. winds up in New Zealand, ruling likely weeks away

Lawyers for German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, wanted in the United States on copyright infringement and money-laundering charges over his file-sharing website Megaupload, argued on Wednesday there was not enough evidence to show he conspired to commit a crime.

The Auckland court heard closing arguments in Dotcom’s four-week appeal against a lower court’s decision to extradite him to the U.S., the first New Zealand court proceedings to be broadcast live on the internet.

The appeal took place nearly five years after dozens of black-clad police rappelled into the flamboyant entrepreneur’s New Zealand mansion and cut him from a safe room.

U.S. authorities say Dotcom and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million by encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material.

The four deny wrongdoing and are on bail.

The case has been closely watched by the media industry and developers in the file-sharing business for signs of how far the United States is willing to go to protect copyright holders.

The appeal set a precedent when the judge gave permission for the hearing to be streamed on YouTube, but legal experts at the time had warned that appeals hearings tend to be similar to “watching paint dry”.

Rodriguez Ferrere said the “monolithically boring” nature of the entire proceeding “turned everybody off”.

The final afternoon’s proceedings only attracted around 100 viewers online, according to YouTube.

If it wasn’t for Nelly’s efforts here it may have been far fewer.

“Given the stakes of this case, the losing party will likely appeal any adverse judgment to the Court of Appeal,” said Ira Rothken, a lawyer representing Dotcom, in an email.

Unless the US pulls the plug on proceedings it is likely to limp on for years.

Nelly can switch to watching grass grow while she waits for the ruling. At least it’s spring.

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  1. duperez

     /  30th September 2016

    Commonly people just buy ready grown lawn or astro turf. The process of growing the grass or the manufacturing bit are seemingly irrelevant. Grass growing slowly, or not being watched does not diminish it’s importance though.

    (A bit like consumer views of 20/20 cricket and five day test matches I suppose.)

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th September 2016

      I have only ever known one house with fake grass (a tiny bit at the back that was a pain in the bum to mow when it had real grass), but have seen a few with ready made turf. One had a single weed on it-a friend and I wondered if they came with one to make it obvious that it was real grass 😀

  2. Gezza

     /  30th September 2016

    The ruling is irrelevant anyway. On several of the videos of proceedings I skipped through His Honour (or possibly it should be His Humour) even said re the matter of Kimmy’s extradition, “well, ultimately it won’t be decided by this Court, will it?” to general chuckling by all the assembled learned friends.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th September 2016

      Dotcon’s ego and size seem to be related. He really did seem to think that people would watch this trial day by day, minute by minute. I can think of few things that I would rather less do.I’d rather watch the carpet fading.

      • Gezza

         /  30th September 2016

        He seems to have quite short fingers. I dunno, might be some sort of ego-size inverse relationship there. Would need more research though. Can’t be bothered doing it.

      • Klik Bate

         /  30th September 2016

        @ KC “I’d rather be watching the carpet fading”

        No sense in changing the habits of a lifetime XD

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  30th September 2016

          What a nasty little person you are-a human version of a stoat.

          I said that ‘I’d rather watch the carpet fade’ (i.e. given the choice between watching the two excruciatingly dull things) I said nothing about actually doing this.It’s a figure of speech.

          People say things like ‘I’d rather watch paint dry.’ It simply means that the alternative is even more boring. Do you understand it now ?

          Or were you referring to your own idea of entertainment ?


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