Megaupload founder appears in New Zealand court seeking bail
Internet guru and Megaupload founder Kim Schmitz, far right, appears at an Auckland, New Zealand, court Friday.
January 23rd, 2012
02:59 AM ET

Megaupload founder appears in New Zealand court seeking bail

The founder of the shuttered file-sharing site Megaupload appeared in a New Zealand court Monday as the U.S. Department of Justice seeks to extradite him and other company officials on criminal charges. But his lawyer insisted his client is innocent.

The U.S. authorities shut down Megaupload last week and announced indictments against seven people connected to the site, accusing them of operating an "international organized criminal enterprise responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of copyrighted works."

Four of those charged were arrested in New Zealand at the request of the U.S. government. They included Kim Dotcom, the site's founder, who is also known as Kim Schmitz. The New Zealand police detained Dotcom, a German citizen, on Friday after a dramatic raid on his luxury mansion in the affluent North Shore area of Auckland, the country's largest city.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. hamsta

    @jt u sound like a total sack of sh?t.thats ok when your car or your fridge or your house stereo(if its better than what u can get at best buy)breaks i will be more than happy to take your money after i show you how completely useless you are.

    January 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Why did "ooo dorkfest" get deleted. I thought it was funny. There's a whole bunch or horrible stuff on the Antarctica thread that didn't get deleted.

    January 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sinbad

    New Zealand have done this to avoid getting punished by the US again. I don't think most Americans realize how their Government goes around threatening little countries like New Zealand. When they decided to ban nuclear weapons back in the 1980's the US destroyed their economy.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    hamsta, if the lst pc created was in 74 how could the internet be around in the 60s?

    January 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. choco attack

    China sucks.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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