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NZ court rules Megaupload warrant legal, dealing blow to Dotcom

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand court on Wednesday ruled that the search warrant used in the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom on U.S. online piracy charges was legal, dealing a blow to the internet entrepreneur's fight against extradition to the United States. Acting on the request of U.S. authorities, the New Zealand government successfully appealed a 2012 ruling that police used illegal warrants when they arrested the tycoon in January 2012 at his mansion near Auckland and seized laptops and hard drives.

New Zealand MP to face charges in Dotcom donation row

A New Zealand MP allied to the government was Tuesday ordered to stand trial over fraud allegations involving donations from Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, and will have to leave parliament if found guilty. John Banks, who resigned as a minister in October when initially committed by a District Court to stand trial over the allegations, had his bid for a judicial review of the ruling tossed out by a High Court judge. Banks is the sole MP of the ACT Party, which is in coalition with the National Party-led government.

Dotcom decries 'largest data massacre' after company deletes files

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The founder of the outlawed Megaupload file-sharing site denounced on Thursday "the largest data massacre in the history of the internet", after a European firm wiped out private photos, videos and documents stored on servers used by the site. Dutch firm LeaseWeb said it had in February erased 630 servers rented by Megaupload, about a year after U.S. authorities closed the site and charged its operators with facilitating online piracy, racketeering and money laundering.

Kim Dotcom slams Megaupload 'data massacre'

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom Thursday condemned a Dutch company's decision to delete million of files belonging to users of his defunct website, calling it "the largest data massacre in the history of the Internet". "Millions of personal #Megaupload files, petabytes of pictures, backups, personal & business property forever destroyed," the New Zealand-based Internet tycoon tweeted after revealing that Leaseweb had deleted files belonging to Megaupload customers in Europe from its servers.

Kim Dotcom's extradition case delayed again

A US bid to extradite Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom from New Zealand for alleged online piracy has been delayed until at least November, court officials said Monday. The extradition case, launched after Dotcom was arrested in an armed raid on his Auckland mansion in January 2012, has been repeatedly rescheduled amid legal wrangling over evidence disclosure. A spokeswoman for Auckland's North Shore District Court said the extradition would no longer be heard in August as planned, but had been pushed back to November 21.

INTERVIEW-Dotcom says new site legal, no revenge for Megaupload saga

By Naomi Tajitsu AUCKLAND, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kim Dotcom, founder of outlawed file-sharing website Megaupload, says his new "cyberlocker" is not a way to exact revenge on the U.S. authorities who planned a raid on his home, closed Megaupload, and charged him with online piracy for which he faces years in prison if found guilty.

TIMELINE-Kim Dotcom's year, from Megaupload to Mega

AUCKLAND, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Here are the milestones in the past year for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. Dotcom plans to launch on Jan. 20 a new online file storage system, known as Mega. Jan. 20, 2012 - Seventy armed New Zealand police raid Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's mansion outside Auckland, acting on a request from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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