News Summary: Wozniak, Dotcom slam US piracy case

Associated Press
In this May 2012 photo released by Kim Dotcom, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, right, and Kim Dotcom, founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, stand together in Auckland, New Zealand. Wozniak said the U.S. piracy case against Dotcom is "hokey" and a threat to Internet innovation. Wozniak and Dotcom spoke out against the federal case in separate interviews on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Kim Dotcom)
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In this May 2012 photo released by Kim Dotcom, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, right, and Kim Dotcom, …

CRITICISM: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the U.S. piracy case against Kim Dotcom is "hokey" and a threat to Internet innovation.

THE BACKDROP: Dotcom, the flamboyant founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is accused by federal authorities of facilitating Internet piracy on a massive scale. Charged with racketeering and money laundering, he's fighting U.S. attempts to extradite him from New Zealand.

BACKING IT: In an interview, Wozniak said plenty of people used Megaupload for legitimate purposes before federal authorities shut it down in January.

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