Whiny FBI Ordered To Copy 150TB Of Data Seized From Megaupload Kingpin

A New Zealand court has ordered the FBI duplicate 150TB of data seized from Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's compound in January. That's 6000 single-layer Blu-ray discs worth. The FBI whined that it'll take two and a half months to copy, but the judge said tough nuggets. Fair is fair!

This data is not the same as the huge troves of user data that was stored on Megaupload servers; that's the subject of a different dispute. This ruling concerns only the stuff that Kim Dotcom happened to have lying around his place. Wired reports that it contains some 10 million emails and epic financial records. All of this information would be central to Kim Dotcom's pending extradition case. In theory, the data will be handed over for to Dotcom for his defence, though, that'll be determined at yet another round of legal bickering.

And the FBI got what it deserved because the agency absconded with the data before it had the right to:

Though the New Zealand court ordered that the items not leave the country until non-relevant portions were returned, the FBI made a copy of the data and FedExed it out of the country, arguing afterward that the copying was permitted.

No matter what you think of Kim Dotcom, he's got the right to a fair trial just like anyone else. What's crazy is that just because the FBI has to copy the data, it won't even necessarily be handed over. What's the big deal? If the data will be used against Kim Dotcom, he's got a right to know what's in it. [Wired via Geekosystem]


Comments

    Typical of the US these days. Trampling on people's legal rights is one thing if they do it in their own country. Another entirely if they do it in New Zealand.

      so true mate. I don't care what the US government do on their own soil, nothing gives them the right to come into another and do whatever the hell they want.

      so true mate. I don't care what the US government do on their own soil, nothing gives them the right to come into another and do whatever the hell they want.

    Ah yes, gotta love the Americans belief that they are the world police. Glad the judge didn't back down!!!

    cant they get a grip and fix their money issues?? what other country spends way over its GDP and continues to dick with others??

    The irony of the FBI ordered to copy data while they try to convict a Guy for copying data...

    Good to see the NZ courts trying to uphold the law. It's about time the Americans pulled their heads in. I honestly hope they lose the case with prejudice, sanction and costs.

    Based on what damages their Rights Owning companies seek maybe somewhere in the line of $7,000 per 60MB should be about a music level of fine? ($18.35 Billion)

    America!!! F#&K YEAH!

    Freedom is the only way, YEAH!!!

    Some guy's got a pretty cruisy job.... ctrl+A, ctrl+C, ctrl+V.

    Then kick back and watch the blue line fill up for 2.5 months.

    Some guy's got a pretty cruisy job.... ctrl+A, ctrl+C, ctrl+V.

    Then kick back and watch the blue line fill up for 2.5 months.

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