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Friday, June 29, 2012

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.



At 29/6/12 6:59 pm, Blogger Tim said...

Now watch Jonkey and others lobbying, slithering and sliding and trying to find ways of changing the rules (and the law) so he CAN successfully suck up to the US without the inconvenience of having to put up with NZ being an independant sovereign state.

At 29/6/12 7:04 pm, Blogger Nitrium said...

This is my favourite story at the moment. Now it seems Kim might even sue the NZ police for miscarriage of justice (and rightfully so). Downside is that any payout naturally comes out of tax payer skins as opposed to the powers that orchestrated this debacle. Nonetheless, hopefully it will send a clear message to our law enforcement agencies and the justice minister just what is acceptable under NZ law and what isn't. I wonder if John Key will somehow get involved, if only to assure his US masters that we are still at their bidding?

At 30/6/12 10:25 am, Blogger countryboy said...

Isn't there two separate issues here ? One ; Kim Dotcom is a crook basicly . I was told by a very creative and famous Gerrrrrman and his assistant whom I worked with recently that back home in the Father Land Dotcom is know as a conman and a crook . He's a ' creative artists work ' peddler isn't he ? Then there's' the issue of the FBI coming to NZ to bust his ass and committing an act of war at the very least . What really went on here ? I know Bomber is of the belief that the Yanks , or American Imperialistic Scum if you prefer believe they own the planet and possibly the moon too and want to control the Net . But they've always believed that . Put an ignorant person in A Cadillac and they think they own the world and have you ever driven a Cadillac ? I have and I can understand where they come from . It's all ' Getouta the fuckin' way asshole ! ' They're great cars for making a statement and that statement is ' Fuck you ! ' . As for our Legal System being unbending . Well , more like as unbending as an over cooked saveloy . Our legal system has more loop holes and opportunities for the rich to wriggle through than any legal system outside a Uzbekistan police holding cell . So , an ignoble German multi-millionair , thief of the creative energy of others gets nailed by a gun toting wild west secret service wanting to keep a lid on how vulnerable they're feeling at the wave of freedoms the Net can afford and frightfully , all the truths coming out of it ( You go Julian ) and highlighted by a fat , obnoxious thief . I reckon there's a lot more to this than one might imagine . Am I wrong ? I dunno .

At 19/7/12 4:19 am, Blogger Unknown said...


At 19/7/12 4:19 am, Blogger Unknown said...


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At 19/7/12 11:07 am, Blogger countryboy said...

@ Unknown ! OMG ! Bravo ! And a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the relationships between our past and present leading politicians and our Grand Poo Bah business leaders ? As for Kim Dotcom ... ? I still dunno . Except to say , I really hope I'm woefully wrong about you man and it's starting to look a bit like that I'm embarrassed to say .


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