Feeds

DoJ to Kim Dotcom: We never asked you to retain files

US authorities rubbish entrapment claims

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

Days ahead of what The Reg has been told will be an “unforgettable evening” at the Dotcom mansion to launch Kim Dotcom’s new Mega service, US authorities have refuted the brash entrepreneur’s insistence that the files he is being prosecuted for hosting were only there because Dotcom was asked to assist with other piracy investigations.

Dotcom came up with the defence last November, when he said that Megaupload had been asked to help the Department of Justice (DoJ) preserve files on the service said to have been placed there by another piracy operation called NinjaVideo. Dotcom said those files were among the ones the DoJ later used as examples of Megaupload itself being an uncaring pirate content to host stolen content.

The US Department of Justice’s latest filing in its case against the hacker formerly known as Kim Schmitz , posted to Scribd, says there’s no basis for the allegation it asked him to retain files to assist with an investigation. “Megaupload does not cite a single communication between the government and Megaupload or a single instruction from any member of the government to Megaupload.” The court filing says Schmitz points to no documents because “there are none.”

The DoJ is also dismissive of Dotcom’s recent legal moves, saying they pertain to the wrong documents, ask for unsealing of warrants that were never sealed and don’t address evidence of piracy on Megaupload. The filing therefore seeks to prevent any further hearings on the matter, so it can get on with the business of trying Dotcom as a pirate.

Dotcom’s usually-verbose Twitter account has not responded to the filing at the time of writing. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.