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US Megaupload copyright witch hunt threatens online innovation

Exclusive Interview The INQUIRER talks with Kim Dotcom's defence lawyer, Ira Rothken
Mon Oct 08 2012, 14:44
Kim Dotcom Megaupload

MEGAUPLOAD FOUNDER Kim Dotcom's defence lawyer, Ira Rothken has lashed out at US and New Zealand authorities, claiming that their copyright witchhunt and its trail of misconduct have caused lasting damage to online innovation.

Rothken attacked the US and New Zealand authorities in an exclusive interview with The INQUIRER on Monday, claiming that the Megaupload case outcome will have overarching consequences across multiple industries.

"The elephant in the room right here is the tension between copyright extremism and the need for copyright safe harbouring," Rothken told The INQUIRER.

"It [the Megaupload case] demonstrates the tension between the Hollywood copyright militia and the policy issues of copyright balance that are needed for internet innovation.

"Ruling in favour of Hollywood will reduce the availability of cloud storage sites and cause problems for small businesses and individuals who are in the greatest need for competition in the marketplace."

Rothken went on to highlight that the recent slew of misconduct rulings and allegations against US and New Zealand authorities proves that the two countries know their case against Megaupload is bogus.

"There is no criminal statute for secondary copyright infringement in the US. This is experimental criminal prosecution and in an effort to beat us and overcome what we believe is a lack of merit on the core claims, the US, with the assistance of New Zealand, has implemented draconian procedures to take down the Megaupload cloud storage site at any cost," said Rothken.

"Now that these procedures are coming under scrutiny they appear to have violated the law at nearly every part of the process. From an illegal search warrant to what we believe is an illegal military style raid, to illegal data sharing with the US, illegal spying and ultimately what we believe is an overbroad takedown of the entire Megaupload enterprise."


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