The New Zealand Judge overseeing the ongoing case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has made the news by calling the United States the enemy of his country when it comes to IP law. Speaking at the NetHui conference in Auckland last week, District Court Judge David Harvey said what he thought about the United States:
"We have met the enemy, and he is the US," he said during the event.
The event was organized by the Fair Deal coalition, a group of New Zealanders who are strongly opposed to the U.S.-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty. The group has been lobbying the New Zealand Government to reject the treaty on the grounds that it would put a burden on consumers in the country. Those restrictions include extended copyright time and the possibility of new restrictions on circumventing DVD region codes.
Judge Harvey's comment did not go unnoticed by the NZ press, who think that he might side with DotCom in his fight for extradition to the U.S. to face charges for copyright infringement and other charges.
Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge said that comments such as the one the Judge made "can be seen as probably an extra-judicial comment that isn't helpful." He added that he thinks "judges should be free to make comments, as long as it doesn't appear to show any predetermination with respect to the specific case in the court before them."
Source: Ars Technica