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New Zealand PM Apologizes To Kim Dotcom

Submitted by on September 27, 2012 – 4:54 pmNo Comment

In what will probably be a blow to efforts to prosecute the founder of torrenting site Megaupload, the Prime Minister of New Zealand apologized to Kim Dotcom for investigating him with methods that turned out to be illegal and resulted in a raid and arrest. Even if it does not affect the copyright infringement charges against the internet mogul, the development is another embarrassing gaffe in the US-led initiative.

PM John Key issued a statement to Dotcom, saying:

 “I apologize to Mr Dotcom. I apologize to New Zealanders because every New Zealander… is entitled to be protected from the law when it comes to the GCSB, and we failed to provide that appropriate protection for him.”

Authorities investigated Dotcom using invasive spying techniques under the incorrect understanding that these actions were legal based on Dotcom’s immigration status in the country. Investigators claim that the wording of several versions of immigration laws, and how it applied to Dotcom, was unclear.

Police raided Dotcom’s Auckland estate by road and air in January. That raid has now been heavily criticized for not following chains of command, and operating under the mistaken (and unlikely) belief that Dotcom possessed an “internet doomsday” device.

The website Megaupload was shuttered at the time, but Dotcom recently claimed that a reboot of the site is near.

This latest development is yet more ammunition for supporters of Dotcom, who say the US’ attempts to reign in copyright infringement are clumsy and driven more by powerful music and film lobbies than by a concern for intellectual property.

What do you think about the investigation into Kim Dotcom?

[via TechCrunch]

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