The decision to extradite Dotcom now rests with the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, however, Dotcom has formally accused that it will request permission to appeal Thursday's decision in New York. The Supreme Court of Zealand.
Along with three other defendants, Dotcom was indicted by a US grand jury. UU Of a series of charges that include conspiracy to commit organized crime, electronic fraud, conspiracy to infringe commercial-scale copyright and money laundering.
They deny the allegations and have been fighting hard against extradition, arguing that Megaupload was simply a file-sharing website and that they should not be blamed for what others were charging them.
Three New Zealand courts have now ruled against them, dismissing that argument and baderting that they could not be extradited on charges of benefiting from a copyright infringement because it is not a crime in New Zealand.
While the Court of Appeals held that "double criminality" was required for an extradition offense, it said that "we are satisfied that New Zealand law allows extradition for copyright infringement in the circumstances of this case "
"The appellants are accused of conduct that, if proven, would establish extradition offenses in New Zealand law," the court said.
"We have been in three courts each with a different legal badysis, one of which thought there was no copyright infringement at all," he said. "We will seek a review before the Supreme Court of New Zealand."
He said that the ruling of the Court of Appeal was "in complete denial of the legislative history and intent of the Copyright Law, therefore, it has the value of toilet paper."
"The previous set is worrisome and has ramifications in New Zealand outside of my case," added Dotcom. "The decision exposes Internet service providers to criminal liability for the improper use of their services by users, as alleged against me."
Jethro Mullen of CNN contributed to this report.