Although Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has had a rough few months, he at least is in the comfort of his New Zealand mansion rather than a United States jail cell awaiting prosecution for criminal copyright infringement. No telling exactly when Dotcom will be extradited, but there could nevertheless soon be some courtroom activity examining allegations and evidence against Megaupload and its executives.
That's because in late July, the United States brought a new civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish hold over some $67 million in Megaupload's seized assets including money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property. To prevail, the government won't need to convict Dotcom; only show that the proceeds derive from illegal activity — namely the scheme it calls the "Mega Conspiracy."
On Friday, Dotcom's lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the complaint.