U.S. wins appeal in battle to extradite Kim Dotcom

Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom holds a press conference ahead of the launch of a new file-sharing website called "Mega" at his Coatesville mansion in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. The colorful entrepreneur unveiled the site ahead of a lavish gala and press conference on the one-year anniversary of his arrest on racketeering charges related to his now-shuttered Megaupload file-sharing site. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Richard Robinson) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT Richard Robinson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand The U.S. has won a court appeal in its battle to extradite Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom from New Zealand.

A New Zealand appeals court Friday overturned an earlier ruling that would have allowed Dotcom broad access to the evidence against him at the time of his August extradition hearing. The appeals court ruled that extensive disclosure would bog down the process and that a summary of the U.S. case would suffice.

Dotcom founded the file-sharing site Megaupload that the United States shuttered last year. Authorities there accuse him of facilitating copyright fraud on a massive scale. Dotcom says he's innocent and can't be held responsible for those who chose to use the site to illegally download songs or movies.

Dotcom this year launched a new file-sharing site called Mega.

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