Kim Dotcom wins right to have extradition appeal livestreamed

Megaupload founder's appeal will stream on YouTube

Kim Dotcom, Megaupload's founder, has won the right to have his extradition appeal to be streamed live on YouTube as a matter of public interest.

The German-born entrepreneur has been a resident of New Zealand since 2010. However, the US wants him handed over to American authorities following allegations Megaupload was responsible for the loss of more than $500 million (382 million) in lost revenues by infringing the copyright of films, music and other files.

Dotcom made the request to live stream what may be his final appeal on the first day of the hearing, which could last up to eight weeks. In the early hours of Tuesday morning (BST), Dotcom' petition was allowed, and the trial will be streamed on YouTube, albeit with a 20 minute delay.

In December 2015, a New Zealand court ruled the extradition of Dotcom and three others related to Megaupload on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering, could proceed.

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His lawyers immediately launched an appeal, which also contained the request that the proceedings be live streamed via YouTube.

Ron Mansfield, representing Dotcom, is also arguing his client should not be held responsible for the actions of others (ie the users of the site who knowingly downloaded files illegally), and claimed Dotcom didn't get a fair hearing.

He said there were "unprecedented issues of public and international interest," and the coverage of the appeal should not be limited to traditional media, but should use new channels to ensure everyone has access. He suggested the live stream was delayed by ten minutes so any sensitive matter can be omitted if necessary.

However, the US has opposed the plea, although High Court judge Justice Murray Gilbert said he is happy for media outlets to share their views on the request before making a decision on whether it can be live streamed.

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