A judge in New Zealand has ruled that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is eligible for extradition to the US where he faces criminal charges for massive copyright infringement.
Dotcom and three of his former business associates — Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk could all be extradited under the new ruling.
At the height of its existence, Megaupload became one of the internet’s biggest file-sharing site that engaged in massive copyright infringement by reproducing and distributing illegal content.
Legal experts have battled for the last several years over whether or not Kim Dotcom was eligible for extradition under New Zealand’s treaty with the U.S.
Megaupload was shut down in January 2012 by US federal agents, after Dotcom and other former co-workers were arrested by New Zealand police acting in conjunction with U.S. authorities.
Kim Dotcom was first on the radar of officials in his early 20s when he was convicted on various charges, including computer fraud.
Following this recent ruling Kim Dotcom took to Twitter.
Thank you for your support. The fight goes on. Enjoy the holidays. I'm happy to be with my kids. There are bigger things than copyright :-)
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 23, 2015