The controversial case of MegaUpload isn’t even close to end. Recently, U.S. prosecutors announced that they have performed all the necessary searches in the site’s servers and since they don’t need them anymore they will begin to delete them. In fact, by Thursday, MegaUpload users will lose their data.
MegaUpload is a file-sharing site that ranks among the top most visited websites on the internet. The Department of Justice shut it down earlier this month on allegations of violations of copyright worth over $175 million.
Now, several reports say that U.S. prosecutors will begin deleting data belonging to 50 million users. TGdaily.com writes that “because MegaUpload’s assets have been frozen, it’s no longer able to pay Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, the companies that store data on its behalf”. According to Associated Press the data remained on the servers cannot be legally accessed because law enforcement officials did not physically take the servers, just copied some data.
Kim Dotcom’s defence lawyer says that if all data is lost, clients won’t be able to defend themselves in court. Kim Dotcom is one of the founders and the persons who have been charged by prosecutors. MegaUpload attorney Ira Rothken said that the company is working with prosecutors to find a solution and avoid deleting the data.
“We’re cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as MegaUpload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done”, said Ira Rothken.
The decision fueled the anger of other companies in the business. The Pirate Party, headed by the Catalonian unit, said: “By closing the service, they have impeded the access to millions of archives of both private individuals and organizations, potentially causing huge personal, economic and image damages to a vast number of people”.
Although the Pirate Party says that it “understands they may have violated Articles 197 and 198 of the Spanish Penal Code by misappropriating personal data”, the group has plans to launch a suit. The group is also asking users affected by the shut down and possible deletion of data to get in touch.