Dotcom’s extradition hearing, originally scheduled for August, has been rescheduled to March 2013, according to Reuters.
The cause of the delay? Late last month, a New Zealand judge declared warrants used in the search and seizure of Dotcom’s assets and Megaupload’s servers to be invalid. The court has not yet decided what to do with evidence collected under those warrants.
After hearing the news of the delay, Dotcom told The Hollywood Reporter that “the actions by the [United States Department of Justice] clearly demonstrate that they don’t have a case and that this. . .was about killing Megaupload and creating a chilling effect to freeze the whole file-hosting sector. I don’t think they are prepared for the wave that’s coming to them now.”
Dotcom, who was born “Kim Schmitz,” is wanted by the FBI on charges of making $175 million through copyright infringement. He was arrested along with three other Megaupload staff in January, when New Zealand authorities raided his home and confiscated equipment on a U.S. request. He was jailed for a month before being released into house arrest. He has recently returned to Twitter, thanking supporters and announcing an upcoming product.
Megaupload, one of Dotcom’s websites, made it possible for users to share files with one another. The website’s servers have been seized by law enforcement, but users and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are fighting to reclaim data legally stored on the site.