While users housing content on the troubled Megaupload site were given a two-week reprieve, one of its co-founders is having less luck. Kim Dotcom has lost his appeal for bail, with prosecutors fearing that he would flee from New Zealand and return to his native Germany, possibly making him safe from extradition.
The legal saga of Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom has been going on for a long time now. Earlier in the case, the warrant that was used to arrest Dotcom at his New Zealand mansion was ruled illegal. Some video from that raid on the Dotcom mansion was made available back in 2012. The legality of that warrant has still been fought over to this day.
But often, they wouldn't comply. Megauploadnever deleted files, and sometimes Dotcom balked at even removing URLs. After getting an e-mail listing 6,000 links from a representative of "various copyright owners," including the big four movie studios and Sony BMG's Mexico division, Dotcom actually scolded his underlings for complying.
Kim Dotcom'sgetting his fortune back, and to celebrate, he's throwing a party. The Megaupload founder tweeted this morning that Auckland's High Court will return the cash, vehicles and property that were seized on behalf of the USback in 2012.
Kim Dotcom, the man behind Mega, the successor of the now-defunct Megaupload , has been the subject of a long-lived investigation, the details of which were revealed today in a 191-page report by the Department of Justice.
Kim Dotcom has done it again. Two years after he rented a bunch of musicians (includingWill.i.am) to promote his doomedMegauploadservice, he's turned to a group of presumably more affordable artiststo support his next project,Baboom.
Kim Dotcom, the man behind now-defunct Megaupload and its namesake, Mega, revealed late last summer that he apparently had grown bored of his file-sharing website, and that he'd be stepping down as director in order to have more free time for other projects, one of which was said to be a music service he had up his sleeves.
Sure Kim Dotcom recentlydropped an album, but that doesn't mean he's leaving his other projects to rot. HisMega cloud storageappfor iOSjust got a refresh, and it now comes with PhotoSync, which enables the app to automatically upload any new pictures you take, just likeDropboxand other backup services.
The BBC isn't due to transition BBC Three to anonline-only channel until late next year, but that isn't stopping it from testing the waters first. The Beeb confirmed today that for the first time, it will make a complete series available on BBC iPlayer before airing it on TV, allowing you to indulge in aNetflix-style binge(should you so wish).
As expected, Apple has filed an appeal disputing a July ruling that the company conspired to raise e-book prices. Apple told a federal appeals court the ruling “is a radical departure” from modern antitrust law, and warned it would “chill competition and harm consumers,” the Associated Press reports. The company seeks to either overturn the ruling, or be granted a new trial with a different judge.
Just days after Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple couldn't get rid of antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich, Retuers reports that a federal appeals court has granted Apple a temporary reprieve from its court-appointed monitorship. In short, Apple is hoping that they can put off supervision from Bromwich until a decision regarding Apple's appeal of the original ruling is reached.
A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that court-appointed monitor Michael Bromwich can continue to supervise Apple’s antitrust policies, Reuters reports. Apple was given a temporary reprieve from monitor Bromwich in late January, but Bromwich will once more be able to perform his duties, which are limited to assessing compliance policies and disseminating those policies.
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A court in the Netherlands has tossed out a cases against a Dutch man who uploaded more than 5,000 ebooks to The Pirate Bay , saying the matter isn't criminal and should be dealt with in civil court. This is the latest blow to the anti-piracy group BREIN, which isn't happy with the ruling.
The Silk Road moderator Gary Davis, aka Libertas, is officially free on bail and awaiting an extradition hearing on February 13. Irish and U.S. authorities arrested Davis on December 20 in an international operation that also nabbed Silk Road moderators Andrew Jones, aka Inigo, and Peter Phillip Nash, aka SameSameButDifferent.
After launching its first 4K laptopin the UK, Toshiba has just announced US availability. Stateside, it'll be called the P55T, but as before, it's a 15.6-inch laptop with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution -- a staggering 282 PPI, if you're scoring at home. Driving all those pixels is AMD's 2GB DDR5 Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics, a 4th-gen Intel quad-core i7 CPU and 16GB DDR3L max memory.