"Kim Dotcom runs into a legal dead end"
will start after this message from our sponsors.
CNET News Video
CNET News Video
Kim Dotcom runs into a legal dead end
The US Supreme Court refuses to hear Kim Dotcom's case.
In 2012, Kim Dotcom was indicted for copyright infringement and money laundering.
The indictment claims Dotcom and his companies harmed copyright holders in excess of $500 million.
Dotcom was behind Megaupload, a file storage service.
In a civil forfeiture case, which is separate from the criminal case, a US district court allowed the US government.
To seize millions of dollars from Dotcoms account in Hong Kong and in New Zealand by using a statute known as fugitive disentitlement.
Think of fugitive disentitlement this way.
The person who is being charged no longer is entitled to defend their claims to their property because that person is evading the U.S. court system.
Dotcom is in New Zealand where he is fighting extradition to the United States.
A US Federal Appeals court ruling affirmed the district court's decision that allowed the US government to seize assets.
Dotcom tried to bring the case to the US Supreme Court, however the Supreme Court said it would not take this case on appeal.
Dotcom tweeted that the US Supreme Court has just rendered international treaties with the US meaningless.
Dotcom's lawyer, Ira Rothken, issued a statement saying, Kim Dotcom has never been to the United States.
It's presumed innocent, and is lawfully opposing extradition.
Rothken also said, the New Zealand and Hong Kong courts will now need to weigh in on the issue.
For more coverage, check out cnet.com.
I'm Iyaz Akhtar, and I'll see you online.
Tech IndustryKim Dotcom
Sonos and Roku considering becoming better friends
Go inside Facebook's election war room
Netflix proves it's still growing like crazy
Paul Allen passes away at 65
Google says it won't work with Defense Department on developing...
Google says China is important to explore -- even if it means...
Twitter CEO believes platform contributes to filter bubbles