What NZ criminal offence is Dotcom accused of having committed?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Donchano, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    I know that Dotcom is accused of committing a whole raft of criminal
    offenses under US law. But can anyone tell me what NZ criminal offence
    he's accused of having committed? TIA.
    Donchano, Feb 11, 2012
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  2. Donchano

    Roger_Nickel Guest

    According to the FBI indictment, Dotcom and his associates have
    already stated in intercepted documents that they have materially
    profited from unauthorised trafficking in copyrighted material. Under NZ
    copyright law profiting from such trafficking is a criminal offence which
    carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. This is more than the
    four years maximum required to justify the laying of criminal conspiracy
    charges -"participation in organised criminal group"- under the Crimes
    Act. If the intercepted documents are allowed as evidence and are as the
    FBI claims then Dotcom and his buddies are in trouble.

    With all of the money in play, money laundering charges are also
    likely. Potentially 7 years in prison for the principals and 5 years for
    being accessory to an offence.

    Several potentially serious charges here, without needing to deal
    with the messy details about how many users have links to any particular
    file and whether or not some or all or none of those links are authorised
    by NZ law.
    Roger_Nickel, Feb 11, 2012
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  3. Na he was Born, no its the US that runs this Country..

    How are they confiscating his stuff even before he has been tried.

    Seems to me that the NZ gov has been stood over..
    Frank Williams, Feb 11, 2012

  4. Seems like you are one of those Corrupt FBI officials, believe in 1/2 of
    what you read, its a total Frame up, he has not committed any thing at
    all, it was because he was going to provide a Legit Music Dnload service
    what put the wind up of the RIAA and money would go direct to the

    You should watch CH7 Media Watch.

    Just don't post what you saw on the News Its Total US Crap..
    Frank Williams, Feb 11, 2012
  5. Donchano

    Guest Guest

    Seems like you're an idiot. The NZ Police and Govt believe it too and
    so does anyone with more than two brain cells.
    Guest, Feb 11, 2012
  6. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    Thanks. But that still doesn't answer my question. What NZ criminal
    offence or offences was he arrested for having violated?
    Donchano, Feb 11, 2012
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    Guest Guest

    Guest, Feb 11, 2012
  8. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    Thanks. I know that the US wants to extradite Dotcom in order to stand
    trial for the US laws he's accused of having violated.

    But Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand by the New Zealand police, not
    in the US by the FBI. So what NZ criminal offence or offenses was he
    arrested for having allegedly violated? What New Zealand offences were
    specified on the arrest warrant/s?
    Donchano, Feb 11, 2012
  9. Donchano

    Guest Guest

    I already answered you. None. Guess you didn't read the article on
    Guest, Feb 11, 2012
  10. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    But he hasn't be extradited ... he's been arrested.
    Donchano, Feb 12, 2012
  11. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    On the contrary. I did read the article and while it does a good job
    of summarizing extradition in general it obviously does not address
    this specific case.

    So ... if the answer to my question is that Dotcom and co were
    arrested in New Zealand by New Zealand police without them having
    violated any NZ laws, I'm assuming the police still had to have an
    arrest warrant authorised by a magistrate. Assuming that the NZ police
    still need an arrest warrant to arrest people in this country, does
    anyone know what the warrant stated as being the justification for the
    Donchano, Feb 12, 2012
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    Donchano Guest

    But Dotcom and co have not been extradited. They've been arrested.
    Donchano, Feb 12, 2012
  13. Donchano

    Guest Guest

    It was a provisional arrest. I'm sure you can google as well as I


    Guest, Feb 12, 2012
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    Guest Guest

  15. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    Thank you. I use Google a lot and tried posing the question but got no

    Now I'm going to try and find out how the NZ authorities are
    justifying the seizing of Dotcom's property. If he hasn't violated a
    NZ law then how can they use the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act?
    Donchano, Feb 12, 2012
  16. Donchano

    Donchano Guest

    Interesting point, but murder and rape are criminal offences in New
    Zealand. I may be wrong, but I don't think copyright infringement is
    .... yet.
    Donchano, Feb 12, 2012
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    Gordon Guest

    Making *my* money, for he has not killed anyone or tortured them.
    Gordon, Feb 12, 2012
  18. Absolutely not. That's fair comment.

    Vice versa, if the Iranian religious police would demand a woman be
    extradited for having an extramarital relationship and sleeping with an
    X-tian hence being eligible for stoning to death under sharia law -- how
    would we feel about that? Should we clap her in jail with no bail? Send
    her to Teheran, gift wrapped? Sleeping around is not a crime in this

    Would the cops rush in with swat teams and black helicopters?

    There are countless so called business people in NZ who have done worse
    to their investors than that Mr. Dotcom has to the entertainment
    industry (assuming that the allegations against him are true, which I
    think has to be taken with significant doubt: ffs, the guy was employing
    high powered lawyers to make sure he was NOT getting into hot water) and
    I don't see _them_ being held in prison without bail. There's clearly an
    'example' being set up for a witch-burning here, regardless of how
    guilty or innocent he is.

    What *particularly galls* is that when we, the citizens, need the cops,
    they aren't there. The convicted pedophile from up the road, stalking a
    13 year old girl, the cop didn't want to know when the parents reported
    it. The kids with guns walking around on my place shooting at livestock,
    the cop didn't want to know about. A friend had his house cleaned right
    out, the cop said: "why did you come to US?" when the friend said he
    didn't need the piece of paper for the insurance. I kid you not.
    Some louts came in and shot some of my stock and took them away, the
    cops didn't want to know until I went to the area commander. Then the
    cop denied the perpetrators had had a gun when 3 of my neighbours had
    seen them. Didn't even bother to interview the eyewitnesses. I called
    111 on the cell when I saw a guy getting the shit kicked out of him,
    covered in blood on the ground outside a pub, no cops ever showed up in
    over 1/2 an hour that I stayed near by (hey, I wasn't getting mixed up
    in THAT) ... by the same token I've seen a couple of cops pepperspraying
    a handcuffed intellectually handicapped guy in the streets of Kaikohe
    who was not offering them any resistance (although he had rolled himself
    out of the cop-car at an intersection). All of this in the last 10

    But the FBI whistles and they bring out the Big Guns. Literally. I am
    PISSED OFF with those arseholes. I have no respect left for the nz
    police. None. I will not be surprised if the whole thing turns out like
    that 'east coast terrorists' debacle, in the end.

    Not saying Dotcom is guilty or innocent, I haven't a clue. But I do know
    that the 'armed offenders' are looking more and more like terrorists
    than like the 'good guys'. The mere fact of how they go about hiding
    their identity and their faces really says it all.

    Peter Huebner, Feb 12, 2012
  19. Donchano

    Guest Guest

    Countless? I don't think so. How many can you name?

    This is rubbish. Please provide some evidence to support this
    Guest, Feb 12, 2012
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    Roger_Nickel Guest

    My understanding is that the communications intercepted by the FBI
    include records of them talking to each other about how much money they
    were making on the back of illegal downloads and of them making
    arrangements to operate the business. In other words that they admit in
    their own communication with each other to criminal conspiracy. It is
    enough to prove criminal intent to get a conviction on criminal
    conspiracy charges. Cops love conspiracy charges and bring them whenever
    they can. I think that it sucks, Dotcom and his friends are hardly
    gangsters and civil prosecution would be quite enough.
    Roger_Nickel, Feb 12, 2012
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