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NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes 235

Mad Hamster writes "In the latest installment of the megaupload saga, an official study has determined that New Zealand's Government Communications and Security Bureau broke NZ law by spying on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. NZ Prime Minister John Key has apologised to Dotcom and all New Zealanders for this, saying they were entitled to be protected by the law but it had failed them. Link is to writeup in The Guardian." Lots of outlets are reporting this, based on TorrentFreak's report.
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NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes

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  • by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @09:56AM (#41477105)

    Now the PM needs to follow up by tasking their equivalent of the US Attorney General to investigate and prosecute. If that equivalent is implicated, the PM needs to appoint a special prosecutor to carry out the investigation and file charges where appropriate. As a conservative American, I gladly include our representatives to New Zealand in that mix if legally possible and they conspired to break the laws (meaning were briefed and involved in the strategy for taking down Dotcom). If the roles were reversed, I'd want to see New Zealand's people taken away in dark SUVs by G-Men on charge of violating civil liberties under color of authority (a felony in the US).

  • by Rogerborg ( 306625 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @10:13AM (#41477297) Homepage

    What "lost revenue"? Is that like when media companies "lose revenue" to piracy because someone else's actions result in them getting less money than they think they deserve?

    That argument cuts both ways. Since "Dotcom" was - let's be honest - growing rich from ripping off the MPAA et al, I find it hard to sympathise with his predicament.

    No, that doesn't mean I'm pro MPAA - we're just watching a struggle between an engorged leech and the bloated tick that fastened onto it.

  • Re:Hollow sentiment (Score:4, Interesting)

    by aaaaaaargh! ( 1150173 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @11:05AM (#41477933)

    Please notice also the apparent fact that "...police clearly knew of Dotcom’s residency status when they compiled a planning document known as the 'Blue Folder' in which help from the anti-terrorist Special Tactics Group was requested." (emphasis mine)

    If that's true, they apparently didn't just break the law intentionally, but also got the "Anti-terrorist Special Tactics Group" involved. Because we all know that running a business which might enable people to commit copyright infringement is terrorism.

  • Re:Hollow sentiment (Score:5, Interesting)

    by aaaaaaargh! ( 1150173 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @11:07AM (#41477981)

    An asshat who takes advantage of people still deserves the protection of law [snip].

    FTFY. I know this is hard to get into some people's brains but everybody is under the protection of law, including people who break it.

  • by SmallFurryCreature ( 593017 ) on Thursday September 27, 2012 @11:10AM (#41478017) Journal

    Kim Dotcom is unlikely to even have to go to court with this many screw ups, let alone do any time.

    And he already has backing for a new megaupload, this time better setup to not be so easily taken down. And you got to be really stupid as a foreign prosecutor to go after this guy a second time when the first time was such a disaster.

    Kim Dotcom is back, with more resources, more experience and now untouchable.

    I doubt this is what the content mafia wanted.

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