After years of chasing, threatening, spying and raiding, the US may finally have their man. Kim Dotcom has been deemed eligible to be extradited to the US by a New Zealand court, where he faces up to 20 years behind bars on charges of racketeering and money laundering.
The creator of once-huge file-sharing site Megaupload -- there’s even a song about it, featuring a bunch of showbiz people singing its praises -- denies the charges and will appeal the ruling, alongside co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.
Megaupload and Dotcom stand accused of being behind the biggest case of copyright infringement in US history, generating over $175 million (£118 million) from pirated movies and music. It’s understood that, in a separate case, five Hollywood studios are seeking more than $100 million (£67 million) from the German. [Bloomberg]