Megaupload search warrants illegal, say court

28 June 2012

Kim DotcomSearch warrants used by the police to raid Internet kingpin and all-round fancy lunatic, Kim Dotcom, concerning internet copyright thievery, were illegal said a New Zealand court.

Kim Dotcom was one of four men arrested in January as part of an investigation of his Megaupload.com website, led by the FBI. This news will invariably see him laughing so hard that he'll throw up into his toilet made out of diamonds and griffin beak.

Prosecutors have said that Dotcom was the ringleader of a group that bagged itself a whopping $175 million since 2005 by illegally copying and distributing music and movies. Dotcom's lawyers say the company simply offered online storage.

High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann discovered that the warrants used to seize Dotcom's property from his mansion made from saffron and tiger skulls were illegal and, in addition to this, moves by the FBI to copy data from Dotcom's computer and take offshore were also unlawful.

"The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related," Winkelmann said in her ruling. "Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid."

Dotcom remains on bail.

TOPICS:   Technology

6 comments

  • WAYNE
    That fat bastard gets all the pussy.
  • Sicknote
    The phrase "Crime never pays" is in fact wrong then because I bet hos lawyers will be asking for all his stuff back and a tidy sum besides for the 'loss of use'
  • oliverreed
    So am I right in saying that if you obtain evidence illegally/improperly it can't be used in court? Well when he's had his monies returned I'd take this as a massive "heads up" and quit while I was ahead.
  • Raggedy
    Surely that should be "that fat RICH bastard gets all the pussy." ?
  • Zleet
    Prosecuting him was likely always a longshot, the whole thing stank of backroom deals to to get the raid to go ahead and stretch out legal action so that all of Megauploads data was destroyed and business collapsed.
  • Kevin
    As soon as you have governments taking down parts of your business you won't be allowing people to use it for the same sort of thing again so good luck on him finding another supplier of storage space!

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