Megaupload search warrants illegal, say court
Search 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.