Mediaworks, a New Zealand media company, has cancelled an ad campaign for Kim Dotcom’s new business Mega, a file-locker service. The enfant terrible of web media still faces extradition to the US for breaking copyright laws.
Following the tremendous box office success of The Hobbit film a New Zealand official has called on the moviemakers to repay the $56 million (NZ$67 million) subsidy they received from the country's taxpayers to fund shooting in New Zealand.
A tornado, along with thunderstorms and heavy rain, wreaked havoc in Auckland, New Zealand, killing three people. The storm flooded streets and some 150 houses, and authorities called for an evacuation of the hardest-hit areas.
The US-based attorney for Megaupload says the American government‘s arguments against his client are more outrageous than ever now as news breaks that the Justice Department practically set up the file-storage site for their current legal nightmare.
The United States remains stuck as to how to handle its perpetually collapsing copyright case against Megaupload, but the now defunct file-storage website and the New Zealand resident who ran it are still being discussed at the highest level.
The making of ‘The Hobbit’ movie for release this month has resulted in the deaths of at least 27 animals, wranglers involved in the film say. The main cause seems to have been poor accommodation and treatment of animals away from the set.
A federal judge is considering how legitimate users of the Megaupload online storage site may be allowed access to files hosted on seized servers, but Hollywood is still adamant about doing everything possible to prevent that from happening.
New Zealand is to release special commemorative coins depicting characters from JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit. They are being issued to coincide with the premiere of the Peter Jackson film of the book. The coins will be valued between $25 and $3000.