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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Megaupload Users Demand Data Recovery

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a local organization protecting civil liberties in the digital world, will ask a federal judge to allow lawful Megaupload users to have their files back.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., where EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels will argue that Megaupload's customers deserve a court-approved procedure to retrieve property before it's permanently deleted and inaccessible.

"EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken from them without warning and that the government has taken no steps to help them. We think it's important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward," said Samuels on the Megaretrieval site.

As SF Weekly readers recall, the site was notorious for distributing pirated content, including movies, games, and software. A user-friendly platform allowed faster file uploading without signing up for an account. File uploads as large as 2 GB and storing a maximum of 2,000 GB of data were given to users -- for free. However, as part of a copyright infringement investigation in January, the feds shut down Megaupload.

Along with the alleged illicit activity among some users, were plenty of Megaupload customers using the service to store lawful material; however, they, too, have been blocked from accessing their files for months.

Carpathia and Cogent, the companies that owned Megaupload's servers have agreed not to delete user data, despite getting the green light from the government. In fact, Carpathia Hosting created a website providing information to Megaupload's lawful customers who are hoping to recover lost data.

Users wanting to get their hands on their inaccessible data from Megaupload can contact EFF at megauploadmissing@eff.org.

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