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Married at First Sight NZ - Netflix

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New Zealand's first ever local series of global smash hit Married at First Sight is here. Six couples are paired together by experts and marry at first sight in this ultimate social experiment. Will there be love and chemistry, or will the pressure be too much?

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: In Development

Runtime: None minutes

Premier: 2017-10-01

Married at First Sight NZ - Kim Dotcom - Netflix

Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz, 21 January 1974), also known as Kimble and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, is a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur and political activist who resides in Queenstown, New Zealand. He first rose to fame in Germany in the 1990s as an Internet entrepreneur. Dotcom is the founder of now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload (2005–2012). Earlier, he achieved notoriety in Germany as a teen hacker who received a two-year suspended sentence for selling identities that he had siphoned from telephone operators' client database. Since the closure of Megaupload, he has been accused of criminal copyright infringement and other charges, such as money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud, by the U.S. Department of Justice. On 20 February 2017, a New Zealand court ruled that Dotcom, as well as co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Carter Edwards, could be extradited to the US on fraud charges related to Megaupload. Dotcom denies any wrongdoing and has accused US authorities of pursuing a vendetta against him on behalf of politically influential Hollywood studios. His lawyer said that he would appeal the decision. In 2013, Dotcom launched another cloud storage service called Mega, although he later severed all ties with the service in 2015. Mega uses encryption to prevent government or third-party “spies” from invading users' privacy. He also started and funded the Internet Party. They contested the 2014 New Zealand elections under an electoral alliance with the Mana Movement, but failed to win any seats.

Married at First Sight NZ - Extradition - Netflix

After three years' legal wrangling, involving two supreme court cases and 10 separate delays in the proceedings, extradition proceedings finally got underway in an Auckland court on 21 September 2015. The wrangling continued at the hearing with Dotcom and his colleagues claiming they were unable to present a proper defence because the US had threatened to seize any funds they try to spend on international experts in Internet copyright issues. Dotcom's American lawyer, Ira Rothken, said they would need about US$500,000 to get evidence from the appropriate experts. Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, an international expert in copyright and fair use, provided his written opinion for free. He said there were no legal grounds to extradite Dotcom and the allegations and evidence made public by the US Department of Justice “do not meet the requirements necessary to support a prima facie case that would be recognised by United States federal law”. Once the hearing finally got under way, Crown prosecutor Christine Gordon, on behalf of the US Government, called it a “simple scheme of fraud”. Defence Lawyer Ron Mansfield's 300 page submission began with the argument that the case should be thrown out because the United States Supreme Court ruled in a parallel case in 1982 that copyright infringement was a civil matter and could not be prosecuted as criminal fraud. The Crown also made numerous references to intercepted Skype conversations between Dotcom and his co-defendants. Christine Gordon claimed one message written by Dotcom, when translated from German, read: “At some point a judge will be convinced about how evil we are and then we are in trouble.” Mr Mansfield said this sentence was used repeatedly by Ms Gordon during her submission “with the knowledge that it would make international media headlines”. Mansfield had the passage translated by three independent academics who said it had a very different meaning and should read: “At some stage a judge will be talked into how bad we allegedly are and then it will be a mess.” On 23 December 2015, North Shore District Court Judge, Nevin Dawson, announced that Dotcom and the three other Megaupload co-founders were eligible for extradition. He said the US had a “large body of evidence” which supported a prima facie case. An immediate appeal was lodged by Dotcom's lawyer. In February 2017 the New Zealand High Court rejected an earlier appeal and endorsed the extradition to the US.

Married at First Sight NZ - References - Netflix