Times of India reports that a New Zealand judge gave permission on Tuesday for the hearing of German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's appeal against his extradition to be streamed on YouTube, making it the country's first court case to be broadcast on the internet. The six-week hearing opened in Auckland this week, nine months after a lower court ruled Kim Dotcom could be sent to the United States to face copyright infringement and money-laundering charges over the file-sharing website Megaupload.
The case has been closely watched by the media industry and developers in the file-sharing business for signs of how far the United States is willing to go to protect US copyright holders. "It's very important that the entire world gets to see the courtroom," said Dotcom's lawyer, Ira Rothken. "The internet isn't run by any one nation, so we thought the solution itself would come from the internet."