Megaupload lawsuits remain in limbo after nearly 10 years * TorrentFreak
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Almost ten years after the withdrawal of Megaupload, the lawsuits against the site and its founder Kim Dotcom are still pending. The criminal case in the United States is awaiting the outcome of the New Zealand extradition process and two civil cases, filed by the RIAA and the MPA, were suspended this week until April 2022, but they will likely start much later .
Ten years ago, online streaming had not yet fully taken hold and Netflix still had dozens of active DVD streaming locations across the United States.
Streaming hacking was also relatively new, with most “hackers” still downloading movies from torrent sites or cyberlockers.
While cyberlockers have many legal uses, copyright holders viewed most of these services as pirate portals. This included Megaupload, which was by far the biggest platform in this industry.
Dark clouds loom
Looking back, the end of 2011 was a pivotal time. Megaupload was more popular than ever, something highlighted in the âMegaupload Song,â an unprecedented public relations campaign starring P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather and other stars.
What Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom didn’t know was that at the same time, US law enforcement was preparing to take down the site. Weeks later, hundreds of Megaupload servers were seized as Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion was raided in a military-style operation.
Fierce extradition battle
The US Department of Justice has teamed up with New Zealand police and hoped Dotcom and several other Megaupload defendants would be quickly extradited. It was a vain hope.
Megaupload defendants fiercely contested the extradition request, which they still do to this day. After spending millions of dollars on legal fees, the end of this process is still not in sight.
Without extradition, criminal proceedings in the United States remain pending, and the last update of the court record dates back five years.
RIAA and MPA files postponed
The delay also affects civil cases filed by the RIAA and MPAA, which plan to hold Megaupload defendants responsible for millions in damages for music and movie piracy, respectively.
Since civil cases can potentially influence criminal proceedings, Megaupload’s legal team previously requested a stay of those cases and last week requested another extension, which was quickly granted by the Virginia federal court. .
With no objections from the MPA and RIAA, it is no surprise that the stay until April 2022 has been granted. On the contrary, these motions serve as a semi-annual reminder of the lack of progress in the Megaupload affair.
The extradition process in New Zealand could very well continue for several more years. And in the event that the defendants are extradited, it will take much longer before the criminal case comes to an end. This means that 2022 can eventually become 2023, 2025, 2032, and so on.