A New Zealand Court has lightened some of the restrictions on Megaupload founders Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato. Noting the four had "behaved commendably" since their release from jail, North Shore District Court Judge David Harvey granted Dotcom access to the Internet, limited access to a swimming pool near his home (that he owns) and two trips each week to Roundhead Studios in Auckland to finish an album. Yes, Dotcom is making a music album. Dotcom was released from jail in March, but had a number of heavy restrictions put on him.
The judge also granted co-defendants Batato, Ortmann and Van der Kolk permission to travel to Dotcom’s home once a week for a visit of up to six hours so that they can work on a defense.
They four defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit money-laundering, copyright infringement and aiding and abetting copyright infringement.
An extradition hearing is planned for August for Dotcom.