Former MegaUpload’s CEO, Kim DotCom Wants To Live Stream His Legal Beef With U.S. Via YouTube

Embattled German-born tech entrepreneur, Kim Schmitz A.K.A. Kim Dotcom, the former CEO of file-sharing site Megaupload wants to take his legal beef with the United States to the ‘Tube (YouTube, that is) via a live stream. Megaupload was once one of the Internet’s premiere websites raking in an estimated $175 million, while reportedly costing copyright holders more than $500 million.

Dotcom and his lawyer, Ron Mansfield feel that they can get a balanced trial if it is seen through the fast movement of Internet media, as opposed to traditional media.

Dotcom’s lawyers have asked if they can film his extradition appeal, which began Monday at New Zealand’s High Court in Auckland, but the United States opposes the plan.Justice Murray Gilbert, the New Zealand judge hearing the appeal, criticised Dotcom’s request for coming at the last-minute but said he’d let other media discuss it before making a decision, the National Business Review newspaper reported.

A New Zealand judge last year ruled that Dotcom and three of his colleagues could be extradited to the U.S. to face conspiracy, racketeering and money-laundering charges. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail.

The ruling came nearly four years after the U.S. shut down Dotcom’s file-sharing site Megaupload, which prosecutors say was widely used by people to illegally download songs, television shows and movies.

But Dotcom and his colleagues argue they can’t be held responsible for people who chose to use the site for illegal purposes.

In his application to livestream the case, Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield said the streaming would have a 10-minute delay to ensure sensitive information could be censored, the NBR newspaper reported. Source

Well, this should be interesting to see.  We hope Dotcom gets a fair trial.  Everything does catch up to you in the end, though.

Photo credit: (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP, File)

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