Judge In Charge With Kim’s Extradition Steps Down
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Megaupload was shut down at the beginning of this year, making the news worldwide. Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom and his associates were released on bail, while the mastermind behind Megaupload also awaits the court’s decision in the extradition case.
From New Zealand Herald we find out that Judge David Harvey, who’s overseeing Kim’s extradition in the U.S., has stepped down. While the case was postponed until March 2013, Harvey expressed his opinion on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), a trade agreement that aims to help with piracy issues.
One of the provisions within TPP focuses on DVDs region codes – a region code is what allows the media disk to work only in certain countries in order to prevent privacy.
As for Judge Harvey, he called U.S. “the enemy” when it comes to handling piracy matters overseas.
“Under TPP and the American Digital Millennium copyright provisions you will not be able to do that, that will be prohibited… if you do you will be a criminal – that’s what will happen,” the judge said.
“We have met the enemy and he is the U.S,” he concluded.
It was Harvey who reinstated Dotcom’s rights to use the internet based on his good behavior, and allowed him to pay a visit to a recording studio in order to finish his politically-oriented hip-hop album.
Who will be put in charge with the case and how will this whole story end we’re about to find out sooner or later. Meanwhile, stay tuned!