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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Canada Didn’t Support US in MegaUpload Case

Canada Didn’t Support US in MegaUpload Case

Canada Didn’t Support US in MegaUpload Case

Added: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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American government prosecutors seem to have made the same mistake as the revolutionary Benedict Arnold when he crossed the border armed with writs and expected the Canadians to surrender. Last year, the government of the United States has launched a global takedown of the famous cyberlocker MegaUpload.com, which involved arrests of the leading executives in New Zealand along with the execution of search warrants in 9 countries.

Canada took part in the shutdown, because it believed that the MegaUpload operation was a front for organized crime – that’s what the American government had told them. Now, after the, so far, failed attempt to extradite the cyberlocker’s owner from New Zealand, the government of the United States has been trying to obtain access to all its data stored on seized PCs in other jurisdictions. Apparently, the United States wrongly assumed that Canada would roll over under the weight of its hefty briefs, because it was somewhat shocked last week, when an Ontario court refused.

According to press reports, the United States believed that Canada would readily hand over mirror-imaged copies of 32 servers to authorities in the United States. Since MegaUpload never contested the seizure of the PCs, it should have been a slam dunk, but the Canadian court ruled that the volume of data investigators wanted was far too much. In addition, the court was also unhappy about the scant evidence which connected those servers to the crimes alleged by the US prosecutors. The judge asked the two parties to refine the order by limiting what is disclosed to what is relevant to the case in question.

The only thing that seems to worry the Canadians is the MegaUpload’s customers’ privacy. The matter is that the servers had a significant amount of private information on them which obviously had nothing to do with the court case. Nevertheless, if Canada handed this data over, then it was effectively allowing the American government to read everything in the files, including secret business plans of millions of MegaUpload customers.

In other words, if the government of the United States is going to use the server information as evidence, it will have to go through each file and prove that it needs to take a copy to the court.

January 23rd,2013

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Date:  Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-01-23 14:27:06)
The_Ritty avatarAmercia is a crap hole you couldn't pay me to live in. Canada ftw!

posted by ET junkieET lover (2013-01-23 16:56:30)
ChaosReigns avatarMaybe America will just invade and take over canada. After all, by the time they put out a distress call asking for another country to save them, America would already own them.

posted by Kitty (2013-01-23 17:31:42)
Crash1 avatar@ChaosReigns ... GET F*CKING REAL ... If they even TRIED it they'd be ostracized by every other country on the planet, their import/export business would disintegrate (where would they be without Japanese electronics or Chinese manufacturing imports?), and probably have some of their foreign debt called in as well ... you know ... the 16 TRILLION DOLLARS you owe the rest of the world.
Invading some 3rd world dictatorship (like Iraq) is one thing, but invading a first world democracy is QUITE ANOTHER. ALSO .. Canada is STILL a member of the British Commonwealth, which would demand retaliation from the other Commonwealth Nations, and possibly the UK teaming with France and a few other nations to eject the US from NATO, and the list goes on!

Basically if they even TRY IT they're screwed so badly they may as well surrender before they start.

posted by (2013-01-23 19:38:58)
No avataryes you are right crash1, the us is a bit to big for it shoes now and they need to realize there position in the world and it`s not number one or two any more

posted by (2013-01-23 19:58:08)
No avatarWow, people writing news on this site sure jump to a lot of far out conclusions.

Courts interpret the law, do not make national policy. In this case, a court ruled that Canadian law does not allow them to turn over what the US authorities were asking for. This is not a "response" of Canada as a nation to anything related to how the Megaupload/Kim Dotcom case is going, but an interpretation of Canadian law, and whether the law allows what the US authorities are seeking.

Nothing more, nothing less.

posted by (2013-01-23 22:46:55)
newfiecenturion avatarGod i would love to comment on this but i cant! Am not american or canadian!! I'm newfie!!!!!! dam that lmao good artical though

posted by (2013-01-24 00:13:55)
No avatar@shadowebs: Agreed. You nailed it.
@crash1: Relax boy. Noone is invading Canada. England, US, Canada, Australia, etc - they are all pretty much the same family anyway and not much difference between them when compared to every other nation in the world.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-01-24 02:58:21)
fusseltier avatarwell, the biggest problem is that the US thinks and treats everyone as a criminal first until they prove they aren't.
thats one reason many europeans stopped taking vacations in the states.
you're either working for the government or a cop and above the law, or a criminal... the land of the free...

posted by (2013-01-25 02:57:17)
No avatarAs a U. S. citizen, I am embarrassed by so much of what the people that I DID NOT VOTE FOR are doing in my name. If we would keep our nose within our own borders, we would be fine, and the rest of the world that we invade--by our legal system, if not with our troops--might eventually be able to forgive our "cops of the world" stance, if not our jingoism, once we repent. Cheers to the Canadian courts for blocking the "in toto" order and responding with a "show cause."

For his sake, I only wish the Canadian courts had been a little more staunch in that respect in the Marc Emery fiasco a few years back. The United States should have NO jurisdiction over a Canadian citizen acting in accordance with his own country's laws. But Seksor is right...there's not really a hill of beans' worth of difference between the nations in the English speaking bloc.

So, the polar icecaps are melting. Anyone want to go start a new nation on Antarctica? I'm with you...

posted by (2013-01-26 02:29:24)
No avatarThe U.S. thinks itself bigger than others see it. As a Canadian, I could give a shit about what the U.S. cries out. I like the people, but the country is terrorism in suits.

posted by Turtle (2013-01-26 18:27:56)
julio99 avatarAs long as the USA keeps up their bullying tactics they are going to ostracize even their own people. I live in Canada and I lived in the states for 22 years and there just ain't no way I would ever go back there to live. It just keeps getting worse there.

posted by (2013-01-26 21:21:35)
Your_Dragon113 avatarBe chill....the US isn't going to invade Canada. They're Crazy, but not Stupid (I'd hope). They tried that twice already and learned not to mess with Canada. Never mind the Fact that Canada has more "Friends" than the US...but they are also aware that should they be foolish to attack Canada they would have to re-build their White House AGAIN. I don't know how many countries Wouldn't come to Canadas aid but I can't think of ANY country that Would go to the aid of the States. So...Lets Keep It Real Here.

.....Oh Canada..!

posted by (2013-01-27 04:26:31)
Titus1 avatarThe USA tryed to invade us as mentioned and from 1932 to 1945 they planed to invade us and attack the British empire taking us over they cowered out plain and simple. Around 1960 there was a dispute over some little thing and the threatened to invade so England sent 20,000 troupes and the mighty USA failed to show the balls one more time. Let them come it will cost them more then they ever can dream.
P.S. USA has done a lot of good things this is not one of them.

posted by (2013-01-29 00:27:17)
No avatarI am a U.S. citizen and have to say that the acts of our government are not done by popular vote! LOL As for invading Canada I doubt many of our troops would go. Canada has been a friend and Allie for a long time. Where would we get our GOOD beer from? And as for who would come to our aid? China of course, who else would buy all their crap and we owe them money. Just throwing a little humor out here, I was serious about the beer though.

posted by (2013-01-29 01:35:28)
No avatarWe already burnt down your whitehouse once. Don't make us do it again. US is 0 for 1 against canada so far.

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