MPAA and RIAA’s Megaupload Lawsuits Stay on Maintain

A federal courtroom in Virginia has granted Megaupload’s request to maintain the circumstances filed by the music and film corporations on maintain till April subsequent yr. Since all essential knowledge on Megaupload’s servers was preserved earlier this yr, the MPAA and RIAA don’t have any objections in opposition to the keep, which was triggered by gradual progress within the felony case.

Greater than half a decade has handed since Megaupload was shut down and it’s nonetheless unclear how the felony proceedings will unfold.

Except for Andrus Nomm’s plea deal, progress within the felony proceedings has been gradual.

Earlier this yr there was some motion when the New Zealand Excessive Courtroom dominated that Kim Dotcom and his former colleagues will be extradited to the US. This extradition wouldn’t be on copyright grounds, however for conspiracy to defraud.

Following the ruling, Dotcom and his former colleagues rapidly introduced they might take the matter to the Courtroom of Attraction. This course of continues to be pending and should take a number of extra months to finish.

Whereas all events await the result, the felony case in the US stays pending. The identical goes for the civil circumstances launched by the MPAA and RIAA in 2014.

For the reason that civil circumstances could affect the felony proceedings, Megaupload’s authorized staff beforehand managed to place these circumstances on maintain, and final week they requested one other extension.

This isn’t the primary time that such a request had been made. There have been a number of extensions already.

On the time of the final request, there have been considerations that the lengthy delays may consequence within the destruction of proof, as a few of Megaupload’s onerous drives had been beginning to fail. Nevertheless, after the events agreed on an answer to back-up and restore the information, that is not a difficulty.

“With the preservation order in place, and there being no different objection, Defendant Megaupload hereby strikes the Courtroom to enter the hooked up proposed order, persevering with the keep on this case for a further six months,” Megaupload’s authorized staff knowledgeable the courtroom this week.

With none objections from the MPAA and RIAA, U.S. District Courtroom Decide Liam O’Grady swiftly granted Megaupload’s request to remain each lawsuits till April subsequent yr.

To be continued.

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