Dotcom wins right to live-stream appeal
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has been granted his wish to live-stream his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he is wanted on online piracy charges. Attempts by the United States to block the live-streaming request were rejected by Judge Murray Gilbert in the Auckland High Court. Lawyers for the US argued live-streaming could pollute a potential jury pool if the founder of the Megaupload file-sharing service ended up on trial in the United States. But, Mr Gilbert ruled it could go ahead only under strict conditions. The live-stream must be delayed by 20 minutes, to allow the court time to prevent any restricted material from being published, and all footage must be removed from the Internet as soon as the hearing is over. “This is breaking new ground. New Zealand at the forefront of transparent Justice! Leadership!” Mr Dotcom tweeted.