Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Kim Dotcom on court case and Obama

MEDIA RELEASE BY KIM DOTCOM

20 MARCH 2018

Since 2012, I have been defending the United States’ attempt to extradite me to face a criminal prosecution in the United States.

I have always argued that the conduct alleged online dissemination of copyright protected works by Megaupload’s users – is not an extradition offence.

The High Court correctly found this conduct is not an offence under the Copyright Act 1994. However, it wrongly found that there were other extradition pathways available to the United States. My appeal to the Court of Appeal on this and other points concluded on 23 February 2018. I believe that the United States prosecution is politically motivated and brought for the improper purpose of making an example of me and Megaupload on the world stage.

The Obama administration was under pressure from Hollywood to “get tough” on copyright enforcement or lose Hollywood’s support . We were the perfect target – successful, high profile, and based outside the United States. Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School has opined that the alleged conduct does not constitute an offence in the United States. You can read his opinion here.

The extradition proceeding in New Zealand is tainted by the same motivations. In their enthusiasm to assist their Five Eyes partner the United States, and win favour with Hollywood, I believe the New Zealand government applied political pressure to various limbs of the executive to facilitate my extradition. This caused the New Zealand authorities to pursue and maintain an unlawful warrant for my arrest when they should have known better. This is at the heart of the claim I recently filed in the High Court for damages for the destruction of Megaupload and the constraints on my liberty for over seven years and counting now.

You can read it here.

There is evidence that President Obama (as he then was) knew the real purpose behind the United States prosecution. That, and further evidence of political motivation in the United States and New Zealand, is set out in the affidavit I have filed in the High Court at Auckland in support of an application for orders that Mr Obama give evidence in my damages claim while he is here in New Zealand. You can read my affidavit here.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Chilling The Warm Fuzzies About The US/China Trade Deal

Hold the champagne, folks. This week’s China/US deal is more about a change in tone between the world’s two biggest economies – thank goodness they’re not slapping more tariffs on each other! - than a landmark change in substance. The high walls of US and Chinese tariffs built in recent years will largely remain intact, and few economists are predicting the deal will significantly boost the growth prospects for a slowing US economy. As the New York Times noted this morning, the likes of New Zealand will still face the trade barriers imposed by the Trump administration during the recent rounds of fighting. More>>

 

PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>

ALSO:

In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.
More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels