10 Apr 2014

Dotcom's terms not acceptable to US

1:32 pm on 10 April 2014

Kim Dotcom claims he has offered to go to the United States voluntarily to face the copyright charges filed against him there.

The Motion Picture Association of America has filed fresh charges against Mr Dotcom on behalf of six American film studios.

They relate to his filesharing site, MegaUpload, which is now closed.

Mr Dotcom already faces extradition to the US on charges of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering relating to Megaupload.

Mr Dotcom said on Nine to Noon he had offered to go to the United States so long as he was allowed bail and access to legal funds there.

But he said the US Department of Justice did not accept those conditions, so he decided not to go.

He said MegaUpload was a cloud storage service which did not violate copyright laws.

The Motion Picture Association of America says the new legal papers will be served on Mr Dotcom as soon as possible.

Global general counsel Steven Fabrizio denied that the association is making an example of Dotcom and Megaupload.

"We are trying to bring some justice to a site that existed for the purpose of engaging in massive copyright infringement," he said.

Mr Fabrizio said he expects Mr Dotcom to be extradited to the United States and eventually convicted on the criminal charges, which will pave the way for the civil case.