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Global policing and the case of Kim Dotcom

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Darren Palmer, Ian WarrenIan Warren
In early 2012, 76 heavily armed police conducted a raid on a house in Auckland, New Zealand. The targets were Kim Dotcom, a German national with a NZ residency visa, and several colleagues affiliated with Megaupload, an online subscription-based peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing facility. The alleged offences involved facilitating unlawful file sharing and United States federal criminal copyright violations. Following the raid, several court cases provide valuable insights into emerging ‘global policing’ practices (Bowling and Sheptycki 2012) based on communications between sovereign enforcement agencies. This article uses these cases to explore the growth of ‘extraterritorial’ police powers that operate ‘across borders’ (Nadelmann 1993) as part of several broader transformations of global policing in the digital age.

History

Journal

International journal for crime, justice and social democracy

Volume

2

Issue

3

Pagination

105 - 119

Publisher

Queensland University of Technology, Crime & Justice Research Centre

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

ISSN

2202-8005

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Queensland University of Technology, Crime & Justice Research Centre