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

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 idontgno ( 624372 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:10PM (#42604421) Journal
    Canada continues to appear in the United States' Trade Representative "Special 301 [wikipedia.org]" report as a "Priority Watch Foreign Nation", under active suspicion of not supporting US intellectual property regimes, having inadequate intellectual property laws, and also not being "a team player".
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:19PM (#42604565)

    Search and seizure needs to be for a specific item or copyright. You just can't say I want the hard drive because we think there is something on it. Now if it was deemed a proceeds of crime then anything can be taken.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:25PM (#42604661)

    Just saying... [wikinews.org]

  • Re:Thank you Canada (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:41PM (#42604919)

    I can never be too soon, all Americans have AK-47's and at least one M1A1 at home so it's only a matter of time before another shooting happen.

    LOL, not quite. AK47's are the weapon of the enemy. We use AR15's and M-16's. Also, most of us have upgraded to the M1A2 for family use.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @12:58PM (#42605193)

    about 15 years ago canada wanted to decriminalize marijuana. the americans threatened canada with sanctions and closing the most open border in the world, and accused canada of "not being a team player". Funny how a country that claims to be most democratic and free country in the world uses dictatorial tactics when it comes to other countries right to decide what they want for themselves.What is so infuriating and hypocritical is that today america has at least 15 states which have basically legalized marijuana, where u dont have to go to a "drug pusher" to buy pot. And now canada has a conservative gov. that wont even consider decriminalization.

  • by Maow ( 620678 ) on Wednesday January 16, 2013 @01:13PM (#42605419) Journal

    During these past few years, the Canadian court system has been a bit of a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel with regards to this and striking down draconian laws instituted at the federal level.

    Just in the past week (part of) the legislation regarding human smuggling was struck down in BC (giving aid to someone attempting to illegally enter the country could be construed as giving legal advice, or even coffee); mandatory sentencing for a guy in Surrey with no priors, but caught with a loaded Glock in a public place also struck down (an unreasonable gap between levels of sentencing, IIRC).

    Now if they could just pick up the pace on the election fraud case(s) being heard; we cannot allow these ones to be unresolved through the next election, like the last one involving the Conservative Party of Canada (In & Out scandal).

    Well, that turned into more of a rant than I expected.

    TL;DR hooray for the Canadian courts.

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