SYDNEY — Kim Dotcom, whose Megaupload.com website was shut down by U.S. authorities for alleged copyright infringement, had almost all his electronics seized because New Zealand police weren’t sure what U.S. authorities sought.
Dotcom, 38, was indicted in what U.S. prosecutors dubbed a “Mega Conspiracy,” accusing his file-sharing website of generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds from the exchange of pirated film, music, book and software files. He faces as long as 20 years in prison for each of the racketeering and money-laundering charges in the indictment, with the United States seeking his extradition for a trial in Virginia.
Dotcom is attempting to prove the search and seizure of his rented home in New Zealand were unreasonable under the country’s bill of rights. The claim is part of his attempt to recover computers and hard drives that were taken by police, and which he said are needed to prepare a defense for his extradition hearing scheduled for March in New Zealand.
Dotcom had testified Tuesday some of the digital storage devices contained more than 350 hours of personal videos and pictures.