Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom to Livestream Extradition Appeal on YouTube

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Former Megaupload founder, Mega CEO, and cloud storage entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been granted permission to livestream his extradition appeal on YouTube.

Dotcom is appealing against the United States’ wishes to extradite him from his native New Zealand to the US on several charges of money laundering, racketeering, and copyright infringement, after his cloud storage site Megaupload was shut down for hosting copyrighted material.

If Dotcom is successfully extradited to the United States, he could face up to 20 years in jail over copyright charges.

“Breaking News: Judge has granted live streaming! Success!” posted Dotcom to his Twitter account after his livestreaming request was accepted. “I will post the live streaming link here ASAP. This is breaking new ground. New Zealand at the forefront of transparent Justice! Leadership!”

“Now that live streaming is granted you can dig into this corrupt case. We’ll see brilliant edits & stories from the Internet generation,” added Dotcom hours later. “DOJ evidence is full of deception, dishonesty, mistranslations, malicious misrepresentation of the law & tech. All for you to dissect… I love the Internet. This will be fun :-)”

“We hope the court finds in favor of livestreaming so the global community from Silicon Valley to Wellington, New Zealand, can access the courtroom in a case that can impact the entire internet community,” said Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, before the request was accepted.

“We will win this together. Then we make them pay,” declared Dotcom last night. “Then they will remember. Don’t attack the Internet.”

Dotcom will post the livestream link to his Twitter account as soon as it’s available.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.


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