Dotcom puts legal defence costs at $62m

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 12:00 23/05/2013

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Kim Dotcom says the legal costs of defending himself and his former MegaUpload business against United States copyright charges will top US$50 million (NZ$62m).

The Auckland-based internet entrepreneur appealed in a tweet for Google, Facebook and Twitter to help fund his defence, saying they were "all in the same boat" with regard to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Sydney-based Google spokesman Johnny Luu believed it was unlikely Google would comment on the request.

Aspects of Dotcom's extradition case will next be heard in the Supreme Court, where his legal team will seek to overturn a Court of Appeal judgment and gain access to the full evidence against him and his co-defendants.

Dotcom told Fairfax he had both German and Finnish citizenship and at some stage his legal team would ask the governments of both countries to bring the matter of his prosecution to an international tribunal, in which countries but not individuals could initiate proceedings.

That initiative was being handled by his London-based human rights lawyer Robert Amsterdam, he said.

Dotcom's new Mega business is understood to be generating a small amount of cash. He has separately raised finance for another business, Megabox, which aims to cut record labels out of the supply chain and provide music online.

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