US appeals against Megaupload decision

The US government is appealing against a decision to free Megaupload’s founder on bail

The US government is appealing against a decision to free Megaupload’s founder on bail.

Kim Dotcom was set free until a high court appearance in Auckland. He has to wear an electronic bracelet, stay in one place and not access the internet.

Dotcom, a dual citizen of Germany and Finland who changed his name from Schmitz, was detained on charges of copyright infringement conspiracy.

Dotcom is wanted in the US on charges that his filesharing website, Megaupload.com, enabled the exchange of pirated films and music. The filesharing site has been charged with running an international organised criminal enterprise, in what the US Justice Department describes as one of the largest criminal copyright cases in history.

The site generated more than $175m in criminal proceeds and caused more than $500m in harm to copyright owners, alleges the Justice Department and FBI.

Megaupload’s founder was charged in the US because some of the site’s servers were based in Virginia and Washington, according to the US Justice Department.

If found guilty, Dotcom faces up to 20 years in prison.


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