Canada rejects US bid for Megaupload info, kind of
Not quite a win for Kim Dotcom
As the Megaupload cases in New Zealand and America grind on, the Department of Justice has been handed a small rebuff in Canada, with an Ontario court rejected its request for access to all data on servers seized in that country.
Thirty-two servers were seized in Canada, and while Megaupload didn’t ask for the machines to be returned, it argued to the court that much of the data on the servers was irrelevant to the case.
“The Respondent’s position is 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”, the judgment notes.
However, Megaupload is in no way off the hook in Canada. The judge has ordered that rather than full access to data on the servers, the DoJ and Megaupload need to propose a refined order that would limit the data handover to information relevant to the case.
As Dotcom preps the successor to Megaupload, the DoJ this week refuted his claim of entrapment by US authorities.
Speculation is mounting about the details of the new service, due for launch this week. Originally to be at his mansion, Kim Dotcom’s Twitter announcements are now inviting New Zealanders to Ice Cream on Queen Street for the announcement and a flood of freebies. ®
Hound him, hound him, hound him
The American D of J will hound him and persecute him until he gives in or commits suicide.
Because that is what they are about.
Nice to know Canadian judgs are independent of conservative pols, even more so at the Supreme Court
The US Federal judges seem to be lackies for the Department of Justice, even though they have life tenure.
In Canada we have a different set of laws and a far less subservient bunch of judges. If the US DoJ ever works it's way up to the Canadian Supreme Court they will meet a bunch of totally independent Beaks who think nothing of voting down bad law.
Things might be getting interesting.
... threaten to bomb Canada if they don't get full access.
It works in the middle east after all, and it does seem an appropriate response to the crime of insubordination!