NZ Judge: Megaupload Founder’s Property was Seized Illegally

A New Zealand Judge has handed a partial victory to Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom today, ruling that part of the search and seizure that resulted in the shutdown and destruction of MegaUpload’s business and the arrest of Dotcom was illegal. The judge said that police went too far when they secured and then copied the contents of hard drives from some 135 computers under a "general warrant."

"These categories of items were defined in such a way that they would inevitably capture within them both relevant and irrelevant material," the Judge said in her ruling. "The police acted on this authorisation. The warrants could not authorise seizure of irrelevant material, and are therefore invalid."

New Zealand authorities (working with U.S. law enforcement) arrested Dotcom, seized his house and some property therein. The U.S. government then initiated an extradition request, and shut down Law enforcement from both countries claim that the site was used to facilitate the download of more than $500 million of illegal content.

While this probably won't kill the case against Dotcom it does provide a challenge for those who would like to see him extradited to the U.S to face a litany of charges.

Source: NZ Herald by way of VentureBeat

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Pity it won't do them Dotcom any good.

    Out of the whole scenario my biggest problem was with how they handled the situation to begin with. New Zealand shouldn't have had to deal with this. It shouldn't have been the taxpayers paying for the police who went and stormed into his house at the US' request.

    The entire issue doesn't even concern NZ, as far as I'm concerned. The lawsuits and charges made against him primarily come from US corporations, so the US should've dealt with him. If they wanted to extradite him to the US then fine, but charging in his house because another country told you to? Would we have to jump off a bridge if the US government told us too, as well?

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    Left4Dead says:

    "Challenge" is an understatement.  They can't use any of the material obtained by the warrant (legal or otherwise) in the case.  That includes financial information, which is what they were likely after with that warrant.  How do governments bring down most major criminals?  Get their financials and dig through the juicy bits.  Don't have that?  Shoot them and pretend self-defense.

    -- Left4Dead --

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