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Canadian Court Rejects US Demand For Full Access To Megaupload Servers 95

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the prepare-the-invasion-fleet dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Nearly one year ago, the U.S. government launched a global takedown of Megaupload.com, with arrests of the leading executives in New Zealand and the execution of search warrants in nine countries. Canada was among the list of participating countries as the action included seizure of Megaupload.com servers. Last week, a Canadian court rejected a request to send mirror-imaged copies of 32 computer servers to authorities in the U.S., indicating that a more refined order is needed. Megaupload successfully argued 'that there is an enormous volume of information on the servers and that sending mirror image copies of all of this data would be overly broad, particularly in light of the scantiness of the evidence connecting these servers to the crimes alleged by the American prosecutors.'"
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Canadian Court Rejects US Demand For Full Access To Megaupload Servers

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  • by schneidafunk (795759) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:04PM (#42604311)
    Sorry, the reason is: "[6] The American prosecutors allege that individuals and the Respondent Megaupload Ltd. were parties to an offence of criminal infringement of copyright, conspiracy to infringe copyright, money laundering and racketeering. The allegation is that Megaupload Ltd. facilitated wrongful dissemination of copyright protected material such as movies and music."

    However, Kim already successfully fought off extradition to the U.S., so how are these computers helpful?
  • by CanadianRealist (1258974) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:31PM (#42604761)

    The G stands for Goodness, you know what nice people we are.

    And in this case goodness as in not just bowing to the US who are bowing to their corporate overlords.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:35PM (#42604825)

    And not often mentioned is the role Harper's lot played in getting the Canada on that list.... thanks to Wikileaks we can see the coordination between Harper and the US.

    http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5986/135/

    Industry Minister Tony Clement’s policy director asked U.S. officials to add Canada to their Special 301 Priority Watch List. See, they have an agenda, they ask Canada to be put on the list, then they can use the presence of Canada on the list as an excuse to enact a lot of nasty IP laws they wanted to do anyway. Cute huh?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @02:37PM (#42606643)

    He is actually still fighting the extradition process in New Zealand.
    It has however been established under NZ law the raid on his home was illegal, the taking of the servers and sending them to the US was illegal, the spying on him by a NZ government agency at the request of the US was illegal.

    That may see the NZ government liable for millions in compensation, even to the point of loss of income for his business and it may make any evidence against him inadmissible and thus the extradition turned down.

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