Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is out on bail

first_imgKim Dotcom has been in custody for a little over a month after the authorities raided his home and seized the Megaupload domain and assets. His requests for bail to be set have been refused in the past, but the Megaupload founder is now free, albeit with some major restrictions on what he is allowed to do at home.The prosecution believes he is a major flight risk and that he has the finances to disappear. However, the judge on the case could not find any evidence such finances existed seeing as all his assets have been seized. With that being the case, bail was set and Dotcom finally managed to go home.He is not allowed to access the Internet, if he wants to travel he is required to give police 24 hours notice, and even then he can only travel a maximum of 80km away from his home. And the final stipulation: no helicopters are allowed to land at his home.Dotcom now has a battle to fight in order to block an extradition to the U.S. where he will face copyright infringement, money laundering, and racketeering charges. His defense is made more difficult because of his lack of Internet access. Apparently he has a defense team in the U.S., but obviously can’t communicate with them via VoIP, email, or IM–services we have all come to rely on for long-distance communication.The larger-than-life MegaUpload founder has always denied charges that he reproduced or copied copyright material. As he left the court on bail he referred to his treatment in jail as like being auditioned for American Idol. More at TorrentFreak and Stuff.co.nzlast_img