WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom allowed to livestream his legal battle against the United States on YouTube

September 2016

Kim Dotcom (Kim Schmitz), a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur, businessman, musician, political party founder, and founder of Mega upload, who resides in New Zealand, has been accused of criminal copyright infringement and a host of other charges, such as money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud, by the U.S. Department of Justice. He was accused of costing the entertainment industry $500 million through unlicensed content uploaded to Mega upload which had 150 million registered users. Dotcom has denied the charges, and is currently fighting attempts to extradite him to the United States.

As part of his very public battle with the New Zealand authorities, Dotcom funded the Internet Party. The party contested the 2014 New Zealand elections under an electoral alliance with the Mana Movement but failed to win any seats in the House of Representatives of New Zealand.

Although legal action is still pending over Mega upload, in January 2013 Dotcom launched another cloud storage service called Mega. Mega uses encryption to prevent government or third-party "spies" from invading users' privacy.

Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield have asked if they can film his extradition appeal with three of his colleagues, which began Monday at New Zealand’s High Court in Auckland and in his application to livestream the case, Dotcom’s lawyer said the streaming would have a 20-minutes delay to ensure sensitive information could be censored.

The appeal is expected to last six weeks and if found guilty, Dotcom and colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato could face decades in jail.