Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been refused bail in New Zealand, after the prosecutor there argued he was a flight risk who had shown “a level of criminality which to my mind could easily extend to exploiting criminal connections to obtain false travel documents and leave the country undetected”. Meanwhile, Megaupload’s US lawyer Ira Rothken has been mounting a public defence of his client, telling Ars Technica that the US government acted like a “copyright extremist” in pursuing the company. “Whatever allegations that they can make against Megaupload they could have made against YouTube,” claims Rothken in an interview, before laying into the manner of the arrest of Dotcom. “James Bond tactics with helicopters and weaponry, and breaking into homes over what is apparently a philosophical debate over the balance between copyright protection and the freedom to innovate, are heavy-handed tactics, are over-aggressive, and have a detrimental effect on society as a whole.”

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