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Dotcom's extradition case streaming live

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/08/2016

Kim Dotcom's appeal against extradition to the United States began streaming Wednesday on YouTube, the first-ever New Zealand court case to be broadcast live over the internet.

The hearing was not initially blockbuster viewing, with YouTube showing only around 900 people tuning in as the livestream begun.

Dotcom noted on Twitter that the morning's hearing would be given over to arguments from the lawyers representing his co-defendants, saying, "They never had a global live audience. Please be kind."

Dotcom, who has hired a cameraman to film the hearing, hailed the streaming as a victory for open justice.

Auckland High Court Justice Murray Gilbert gave permission Tuesday for the live streaming, ruling that it must be subject to a 20-minute delay to prevent any evidence subject to court suppression orders being made public.

Dotcom has been told the livestream must show only the proceedings of the hearing, and that video footage must be removed once the six-week hearing ends.

Dotcom and his former colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato were ruled eligible for extradition in December, but are appealing the decision.

The four were arrested in 2012 in New Zealand and charged with copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering in relation to the operations of Dotcom's former file-sharing website Megaupload.

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