Things are not looking good for Kim Dotcom right now, as a recent judicial ruling has decided that he can actually be extradited to the United States in order to face copyright charges. Just in case you’re not familiar with the situation, Kim currently resides in New Zealand, and he is being targeted by the Motion Picture Association of America for copyright infringement, not to mention his money laundering and racketeering charges. Despite the ruling, it appears that Dotcom won’t step foot on US soil anytime soon, as he still has 15 days to appeal or apply for a writ of habeas corpus. Naturally, his legal representatives are doing their best to handle the situation, but should things go South, Kim and his associates could face decades in prison.
The man himself doesn’t seem to concerned about the ruling, as he recently expressed via a Tweet that he’s just happy to be with his children during the holidays.
Thank you for your support. The fight goes on. Enjoy the holidays. I'm happy to be with my kids. There are bigger things than copyright 🙂
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 23, 2015
The lawsuit in question has been dragging on for several years now, and it doesn’t look like it is about to end anytime soon. Apart from the obvious charges brought against Dotcom and his colleagues, the case has interesting ramifications because it shows just how far the US legal system extends when it comes to the internet and copyright in general. Needless to say, the legal battle’s result will affect how internet companies share copyrighted content.