MegaUpload Raid was Illegal, Court Finds

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Officials in the U.S. could have a tougher time prosecuting MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom in a case in which they allege he swindled away millions of dollars via pirated content through the now defunct website.

On Thursday, the BBC reported that a New Zealand court had made a ruling in the case, finding that a previous raid on Dotcom’s home in collaboration with U.S. officials was “invalid.”

“The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related,” commented Helen Winkelmann, a New Zealand high court judge when making the ruling, according to the BBC.

The file sharing site has been down since January when it was seized for illegal file sharing by the U.S. Justice Department. Meanwhile, it’s unknown what effect that ruling could have on the U.S.-based cased.

Dotcom recently received some high-profile tech support when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak called the case against the MegaUpload founder “hokey,” the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.