“…As a US music industry heavyweight was blasting Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload business as a pirate operation costing millions and causing job losses -
- a New Zealand judge was praising the German online tycoon for being “upfront and transparent”.
Dotcom was arrested in January at his Auckland home on the orders of US authorities – who accuse his Megaupload site of copyright piracy.
He and Mathias Ortmann – Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk are now fighting moves to extradite them to the US.
They applied to the Auckland District Court to ease bail restrictions and, against Crown opposition, Judge David Harvey granted the application, saying:
“The initial concerns about flight risk were overstated.
“These gentlemen have displayed a willingness to abide by court orders.
They have been upfront and transparent.”..”
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