4th MegaUpload Defendant Granted Bail

Mathias Ortmann, the only MegaUpload defendant besides Kim DotCom who remained in jail, was granted bail today, over objections by the Crown. Ortmann is a German citizen. Germany does not extradite its citizens to the U.S. He was released on home monitoring, and will live with co-defendants Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

The holdup in the decision was that the FBI alleged a $2.5 million discrepancy in his income. Prosecutors said Ortmann earned $14.5 million from MegaUpload between 2005 and 2010, and $2.5 million in 2011. But his accounts show $20.5 million income instead of $17.5 million. The Judge wanted an accounting of the $2.5 million. His lawyer said it came from trading profits.

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    Has there been any word on Julius Bencko? (none / 0) (#1)
    by EL seattle on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 01:20:01 AM EST
    As graphic designer for MegaUpload, Bencko would seem to be the least significant of the 7 MU guys who were indicted.  But I haven't seen that he's been apprehended or turned himself in yet.

    Ars Technica has a fresh article... (none / 0) (#2)
    by EL seattle on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 02:06:59 AM EST
    ...about the legal aspects of the Megaupload case.

    Is Megaupload a Lot Less Guilty Than You Think? is a follow-up to a story from three weeks ago that had a few legal types offer their opinion on the developing case.

    Both articles are pretty interesting, featuring some serious discussion about direct copyright infringement and secondary infringemnet, and how some copyright violations are criminal acts while others are just civil matters.