If you are looking for a place to move to if the crack-down comes, consider New Zealand.
Good weather: check.
Common law: check.
Non-cooperation with the FBI: check.
The New Zealand High Court has issued a ruling. The police violated the rights of an American living in New Zealand when it cooperated with the FBI in raiding his home, confiscating his computers, and making a copy for the FBI.
The police have had their knuckles rapped. It is unlikely that they will make this mistake again. That’s good news for Americans living in New Zealand.
Here are the details.
A man who legally changed his name to Kim Dotcom was running a file-sharing service. People could download music files from each other.
The record industry got the U.S. government to send the FBI to shut down the operation inside the USA. The man had unwisely set up servers (computers) in the USA. He could have run everything out of New Zealand.
But the FBI wanted more. It got a New Zealand warrant to get access to his New Zealand-based computers. This warrant has been now tossed out retroactively by the New Zealand High Court.
The U.S. government has asked that Mr. Dotcom be extradited to the USA. Now that request looks shaky.
The record industry has just been handed a resounding “buzz off.”
This will be a neon sign to file-New Zealand-based file-sharing sharing operations: “Downloads R Us.”
The New Zealand police will think twice next time about cooperating with the FBI. A New Zealand newspaper has put it this way.
Police said they were considering the judgement and are in discussions with Crown Law to determine what further action might be required.
They would not make any comment until that process was complete.