Dotcom starting court appeal

Kim Dotcom is back in the High Court today to begin what is scheduled to be a six week appeal of his extradition to the US.

He has also been appealing for sympathy around the world.

Newshub: Dotcom’s mega battle returns to court

Kim Dotcom is set to return to court today as he appeals a decision to allow his extradition to the United States.

A judge ruled in December there was overwhelming evidence the 42 year old and three co-accused had criminal charges to face over their part in running file-sharing website Megaupload.

The US government argued last September Dotcom and the others earned nearly $240 million by running a website funded largely by revenue from publishing copyright-infringing files.

During the 10-week extradition hearing last year, lawyers for the US said Megaupload had paid people to illegally upload copyright-infringing files and then charged others to watch them.
But Dotcom’s lawyer, Ron Mansfield, said the website was protected by a “dual-use” defence – where a company couldn’t be responsible for the illegal use of products with other legitimate purposes.

The four men have been locked in a protracted legal battle over the case since Dotcom was dramatically arrested in a Hollywood-style raid on his Coatesville mansion in 2012.

They face charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, wire fraud and two kinds of criminal copyright infringement based on an FBI investigation going back to 2010.

Dotcom has been actively promoting his case on Twitter, including:

@KimDotcom
Essential reading about my case:

1. The corruption: http://Kim.com/whitepaper.pdf

2. Harvard Law Prof expert opinion: http://www.techfirm.com/professor-less

And:

@KimDotcom
OMG! The US Government is scared of LIVE STREAMING!

RNZ: Dotcom seeks extradition case live-stream

Kim Dotcom is asking a High Court judge to allow his appeal against extradition to the United States to be live-streamed over the internet.

He said he wanted the public to see his lawyers “smash” the US case.

Mr Dotcom said the US government opposed the idea of live-streaming the case.

I don’t know if the judge has ruled on live streaming yet, I presume that will be done at the start of court proceedings today.

And I don’t know if the court is set up for live streaming.

How many people will be interested in six weeks of legal arguments, apart from the attention seeking Dotcom? The court will make it’s decisions regardless of Dotcom’s social media campaign to win world wide sympathy.

More on live streaming from RNZ: US fears only reason to reject Dotcom livestream – lawyer

The only reason Kim Dotcom’s extradition case would not be live-streamed is if the United States is afraid their case is not good, his lawyer says.

Mr Dotcom’s lawyer Ira Rothken said the appeal was about whether a cloud storage provider could be responsible for the acts of its users.

He said it had worldwide relevance.

“People in New Zealand, as they do in the United States, are entitled to walk into the courtroom and sit down,” he said.

“This case has great importance across the globe. We don’t understand why it can’t be that anybody could watch this anywhere in the world.

“It only has to be because the United States is afraid that their case is not good, and it will be scrutinised, and they’re trying to avoid it.”

Mr Rothken said he was asking High Court Justice Asher to consider the idea.

So while Rothken takes a swipe at the US over live streaming all he is doing is asking the judge “to consider the idea”. It sounds like the US Government has no involvement in whether it will be live streamed or not.

I doubt that Judge Asher will be swayed by Rothken’s attempt to get world wide publicity.