U.S Court Partially Unseals Warrant Against MegaUpload

U.S federal judge has reportedly unsealed a portion of the warrant issued to take down file-sharing site Megaupload and prosecute the persons behind it, including its founder Kim DotCom.

The objective of the warrant is simply to seize MegaUpload’s domain, but the site’s lawyers believes the U.S government has insufficient evidence to support its case. Silicon Valley and MegaUpload lead attorney Ira Rothken asserted that the U.S officials have misled the judge when applying for the warrant.

The documents has been under seal since the U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia filed a complaint against Megaupload and its administrators with criminal copyright violations, money laundering, and wire fraud.

In June 2010, prosecutor warned MegaUpload via a criminal search warrant of storing over 30 pirated video files and it managers willfully delayed the removal of the files as late as November 2011.

However, Rothken believes the U.S government deleted an integral part in the ongoing criminal proceedings.

“In our view that’s a misleading statement,” Rothken said. “MegaUpload was served with a criminal search warrant for alleged third-party user conduct and was advised not to interfere with that criminal investigation or with the files — as such disclosure, would jeopardize the ongoing investigation. To ask MegaUpload to cooperate and then use that cooperation against them, to us seems to be both unfair and misleading.”

According to CNET reporter Greg Sandoval, U.S District Judge Liam O’Grady partially unsealed the documents at the request of a former MegaUpload user Kyle Goodwin. Goodwin said he used to upload persona videotapes of high school football games and he wants its back.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key defended the government’s handling of the United States extradition attempt for MegaUpload creator Kim Dotcom.

DotCom, a German national already acquired residency in New Zealand, was nabbed during a raid at his luxurious mansion in Auckland in January this year and his website was shutdown the following day.

DotCom is currently tapping all possible legal remedies to prevent a possible extradition to the US to face criminal charges filed against him and MegaUpload.

The New Zealand Prime Minister said DotCom can solve his case by physically appearing before the U.S Court and presenting evidences to rebut the accusations.