Dotcom’s years-long battle through the New Zealand court system against criminal copyright and racketeering charges abroad took a hit earlier this year when it was ruled he could be transferred to the US to face trial. He stands accused of causing the loss of millions of dollars to copyright owners in the US through the file sharing website Megaupload.
The tech entrepreneur was indicted by a US grand jury in 2012 over the allegations. The case is one of the biggest internet legal cases in history, with the German-Finnish web mogul suffering a series of setbacks in his defense recently. Taking to Twitter to reassure supporters, Dotcom joked that he has been advised against mounting an “insanity defense.”
“Kim, an insanity defense won’t work in a copyright case.”— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) October 7, 2018
Damn 😎 pic.twitter.com/AJHRK2eRR4
Coming off the back of a Wellington high court defeat – where his request for information about him held by every government agency and minister was described as “vexatious” – Dotcom’s statement also showed a willingness to continue the long-running appeals process.
“I will continue to fight no matter what it takes,” he said.
“No matter where the journey will take me I will defend internet freedom, I will fight for your rights and I will stand up to the injustice brought upon us by the deep state.”
Insanity defense - Part 2 🤯😂😭 pic.twitter.com/qOhdkCEPVy— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) October 7, 2018
Dotcom, alongside Bram van der Kolk, Finn Batato, and Mathias Ortmann, faces decades behind bars if found responsible for “massive worldwide online piracy” and generating more than $175 million in illicit funds.
The men deny any wrongdoing, and Dotcom has argued extradition to the US is unlawful on the basis that copyright infringement in New Zealand is a civil case rather than criminal.
New Zealand has moved a step closer toward extraditing Kim Dotcom, after the Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday in favor of the US case. Dotcom has vowed to fight the decision, saying "it has the value of toilet paper." Thursday's loss has become the third in line for Internet entrepreneur Dotcom. Earlier, his appeal was rejected consecutively by New Zealand's North Shore District Court and the High Court.
New Zealand's Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the government to pay file-sharing mogul Kim Dotcom €53,000 for privacy breaches. For years, the Megaupload founder has fought a request for extradition to the US.
The 44-year-old German national is accused of industrial-scale online piracy via his Megaupload empire, which US authorities shut down when the raid took place.
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