The New Zealand Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that internet entrepreneur and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States to face racketeering and criminal copyright charges.\r\nThe court\u2019s written decision rejected Dotcom\u2019s appeal and upheld a lower court ruling in 2017 that the extradition could take place. The six-year legal saga is widely seen as a test for how far the United States can reach globally to apply American firms\u2019 intellectual property rights.\r\nUS authorities say Dotcom and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million by encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material.\r\nThe Court of Appeal said the United States had disclosed \u201ca clear prima facie case that the appellants conspired to, and did, breach copyright wilfully and on a large scale, for their commercial gain.\r\n\u201cAn extradition hearing is not a trial. It is held to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to commit a person for trial on a qualifying offence,\u201d the court said in its ruling.\r\n\r\nHighest judiciary body\r\nDotcom\u2019s lawyer Ira Rothken told Reuters via email that his client would appeal the decision in the country\u2019s highest judiciary body, the Supreme Court. \u201cWe look forward to seeking review with the New Zealand Supreme Court. We think that ultimately Kim Dotcom will prevail,\u201d Rothken said.\r\nDotcom\u2019s lawyers have argued in previous court cases that copyright infringement is not a criminal offence in New Zealand and that there was not enough evidence that Dotcom and other Megaupload executives conspired to commit a crime.\r\nGerman-born Dotcom, who has New Zealand residency, became well known for his lavish lifestyle as much as his computer skills.\r\nHe used to post photographs of himself with cars and vanity license plates such as \u201cGOD\u201d and \u201cGUILTY\u201d, shooting an assault rifle and flying around the world in his private jet.\r\nDozens of black-clad police raided Dotcom\u2019s mansion in 2012, breaking him out of a safe room and confiscating millions of dollars in cash and property, including a fleet of luxury cars, computers and art work.