The Dotcom ramifications: Apparently NZ isn't America's puppet
Dotcom searches illegal: Judge
The High Court has ruled the police raid on internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal and the removal from New Zealand of cloned copies of hard drives seized was unlawful.
Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used did not adequately describe the offences to which they were related.
"Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid."
Did you feel that? It was a shiver through the nerve endings of the new American-Sino cold war being currently waged in the Pacific with NZ as one of its friction points.
This ruling by Justice Helen Winkelmann is one of the most important legal defenses of NZs sovereignty because it implies by its stark independence that the US can not just snap its fingers and have our legal framework bend to its will, (sure the Police will do as they are told, but our legal system won't).
This case against a flamboyant Euro uber geek was never about piracy, it was always about America attempting to expand their jurisdiction into cyberspace and a symbolic gesture to China that NZ is firmly planted in their sphere of influence.
Could any of us honestly imagine that we would have sent in 70 odd Police to arrest someone for China over a copyright infringement issue? Of course we wouldn't, but one word from America and our weak Police jump to do as they were ordered, thankfully Winkelmann's ruling has reasserted our independence.
The ramifications however may not be pleasant. As this case collapses into farce, the pressure to sign the un-free trade deal with America (which will allow them to demand legal compliance for intellectual property issues) will mount in a very direct way now.
Dotcom has won and our judicial independence has won but NZ might not be so lucky once the US puts the un-Free trade deal screws on us to punish and weaken our independence.
The Dotcom ruling means we've gone from America's South Pacific booty call to a 'you-have-to buy-us-dinner-first' type of date.