Megaupload’s Users Must Pay To Get Their Data Back
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It looks like U.S. federal authorities are ay okay with Megaupload’s former users to recover their data as long as they pay for it.
A court filing explained on Friday the U.S. Government’s position concerning the issues of Megaupload’s demise.
This came after the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a motion in late March, representing Kyle Goodwin – an Ohio-based sports reporter who used Megaupload for storing videos. Since his hard drive crashed, the back-up he made on Kim’s website is the only way to recover those files, but things are not that easy when it comes to the U.S. Government.
The U.S. law allows third parties that have an interest in confiscated property to claim it back, but the government says that it only copied a part of Megaupload’s data, and that the physical servers were not seized.
We talk about 1.103 servers holding around 28 petabytes of data (1024TB = 1PetaByte) that are still under the property of Carpathia Hosting, the government claims.
“Access is not the issue — if it was, Mr. Goodwin could simply hire a forensic expert to retrieve what he claims is his property and reimburse Carpathia for its associated costs,” the response said.
“The issue is that the process of identifying, copying, and returning Mr. Goodwin’s data will be inordinately expensive, and Mr. Goodwin wants the government, or Megaupload, or Carpathia, or anyone other than himself, to bear the cost.”
Furthermore, the government suggested that Megaupload or Carpathia could be sued if one of them have violated the terms of service or contract.
At the same time, Carpathia Hosting is complaining that the company pays $9.000 a day to keep the data unaltered on their servers- you can read more about it here.
So, with the U.S. Government not acting on these issues we can only expect for problems to get even more complicated.