Hollywood elite copyright holders have long been fed up with winning civil U.S. court battles, but losing the MegaMillions War against profits lost to websites like Kim Dotcom's Megaupload.
So the aggressive manner in which U.S. authorities have targeted Dotcom and friends for extradition from New Zealand in order to charge and prosecute them for federal criminal actions has kept Hollywood insiders on the edge of their seats... for years.
Once again, Dotcom and his co-accused are scheduled to appear in a New Zealand court, this time on September 21, in a face to face extradition fight with U.S. authorities.
That hearing has already been rescheduled 10 times. Each time it neared, the defendants filed successful appeals, delaying the hearing for years.
Now they claim the actions of the U.S. deny them a fair trial. According to their lawyers, confiscation of their clients’ funds means they can't pay expert witnesses outside New Zealand. Attorney Grant Illingworth QC said the U.S. allowed some seized funds released for defense purposes in New Zealand, but those funds aren't available for use overseas.
"We can’t become instant experts in US copyright law and US criminal law,” Illingworth said. “We need help from expert witnesses and we’re being denied that opportunity.”
The U.S. government wants Dotcom and co-accused extradited to face copyright infringement, conspiracy, money laundering and racketeering charges in connection with their Megaupload website.
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