[LINK] Megaupload data may go bye-bye

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Fri Feb 3 10:47:53 AEDT 2012

At 10:40 PM 30/01/2012, Jan Whitaker wrote:
>Megaupload User Data May Be Gone By Thursday, Feds Say
>By JOSHUA FREED 01/29/12 10:07 PM ET

Update - EFF asking to have the data protected 
and accessible if not copyright infringing:

Group seeks to save data on Megaupload servers
Jeremy Pelofsky
February 3, 2012 - 9:39AM

WASHINGTON – The Electronic Frontier Foundation 
has asked federal prosecutors and lawyers for the 
Megaupload.com file-sharing service to allow 
users who uploaded material to retrieve it as 
long as it was not copyrighted material.

The group, which advocates for internet privacy 
and digital rights, sent a letter on Thursday on 
behalf of one user asking "that all concerned 
work together to make sure innocent users are returned their legal property".

"We are hopeful that our client and other third 
parties can obtain access to their material 
without resorting to legal action, but if that is 
not the case, we intend to take the necessary 
steps to ensure the return of their materials," 
said Cindy Cohn, legal director and general counsel for EFF.
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A copy of the letter was sent to the judge in 
Virginia overseeing the case, US District Judge Liam O'Grady.

Megaupload and its senior executives were 
indicted last month on charges that it was 
peddling copyrighted music, movies and television 
shows, raking in millions of dollars from advertising and subscriber fees.

Prosecutors warned last week that one of the 
companies that hosted the Megaupload site and 
material was considering erasing the material 
this week, but the company has since decided against it for now.

"Carpathia Hosting has no immediate plans to 
reprovision some or all of the Megaupload 
servers," the company's chief marketing officer, 
Brian Winter, said in a statement on Wednesday. 
He said if that changes, the company will post 
notices on its websites, carpathia.com and megaretrieval.com.
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