New Zealand judges rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US

Kim Dotcom
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 3, 2013 file photo, Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom speaks during the Intelligence and Security select committee hearing at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. An extradition hearing pushed by the U.S. against Dotcom and three others who helped run the website Megaupload ended in New Zealand on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 after nine weeks. A judge will now rule on whether the men should be sent to face trial in the U.S., where they have been charged with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. The case could have broader implications for Internet copyright rules. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand judge has ruled that colorful Internet entrepreneur KimDotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States to face criminal copyright charges.

Dotcom’s lawyers said they will appeal the decision.

Judge Nevin Dawson’s ruling on Wednesday comes nearly four years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom’s Megaupload website, which some visitors had used to illegally download songs and movies.

The U.S. has charged the men with conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. If found guilty, they could face decades in jail.

The case could have broader implications for Internet copyright rules. Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield said earlier that if the U.S. side prevails, websites from YouTube to Facebook would need to more carefully police their content.

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