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The start of the slide for Dotcom as Andrus Nomm pleads guilty

One of the top six from Megaupload voluntarily handed himself in to US authorities and has plead guilty and copped one year in prison as a result…that’s a pretty sweet deal and likely to cause Dotcom some coming headaches.

NBR reports:

Programmer Andrus Nomm, described as one of the top six executives at Kim Dotcom’s former file sharing service Megaupload, has plead guilty to felony copyright infringement in the US and been sentenced to a year’s jail, Ars Technica reports.

A rapid-fire process saw Nomm arrested in the US state of Virginia last week after waiving his right to fight extradition from the Netherlands after a multi-year fight (he was first arrested in January 2012 shortly after the raid on Dotcom mansion). Virginia is the state where most of Megauploads servers were located before being shut down by the FBI three years ago as copyright, racketeering, money laundering and other charges were filed against Kim Dotcom and his co-accused.

Nomm’s sentence is relatively light. Earlier this week, Dotcom’s US attorney Ira Rothken speculated to NBR that Nomm has struck a plea bargain with authorities.

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Mega’s little problem with a pesky thing called the law

Kim Dotcom is blowing hard once again on Twitter.

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He is going on about ‘his’ MegaChat…funny thing is he was crying poverty and said he had given all his shares in Mega to his estranged missus…so quite how it is his is another matter entirely. Perhaps he has misled another court?

In any case his boastfulness ignores a problem.

Chris Keall at NBR explains.

Mega has said it will abide by the laws of every company it operates in. As a registered commercial entity it can barely take any other stance.

And when the FBI so successfully eavesdropped on the Skype chats and instant messages Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants while investigating Megaupload, it did so with a warrant issued by a judge.

What would Mega do if a law enforcement agency in a country its service operates in (that is, anywhere), hands it, or one of its users, a lawful warrant asking for encryption keys? In NZ, it has to live under the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act, aka TICS, which gives our government broad-brush powers to demand depcryption keys from a service provider when there is a (very broadly defined) threat to NZ’s national interest. This as-yet-untested legislation gives the ICT Minister discretion over who is defined as a service provider. Network operators like Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees are very clearly service providers. It’s more of a grey area for the likes of Microsoft Skype, Google Hangouts and now MegaChat – but I’m guessing the Crown won’t give MegaChat a free pass.   Read more »

That’s inconvenient, Italy bans Mega for promoting distribution of pirated movies

Leopards never change their spots.

A court in Italy has banned Mega for promoting distribution of pirated movies.

The Megaupload founder’s new project Mega has been banned by an Italian court for promoting distribution of pirated movies. The hosting service is among the 24 blocked websites together with Russia’s largest email provider Mail.ru.

Court of Rome Judge Constantino De Robbio, ordered all Italian providers to restrict access to two dozen domains on Friday, Corriere Della Sera reported.

A large-scale blockade came at the request of a small local independent movie distributor, Eyemoon Pictures.

The company claimed that the websites in question distributed two of its movies – “The Congress” and “Fruitvale Station” – ahead of their release in Italian cinemas.

Mega already said that they’re going to appeal against the Court of Rome ban, which the company considers “illegal”.   Read more »