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Five Years Later, Legal Megaupload Data Is Still Trapped On Dead Servers

Postby sunnyd » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:32 am

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It's been more than five years since the government accused Megaupload and its founder Kim Dotcom of criminal copyright infringement. While Dotcom himself was arrested in New Zealand, US government agents executed search warrants and grabbed a group of more than 1,000 servers owned by Carpathia Hosting.

That meant that a lot of users with gigabytes of perfectly legal content lost access to it. Two months after the Dotcom raid and arrest, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a motion in court asking to get back data belonging to one of those users, Kyle Goodwin, whom the EFF took on as a client. Goodwin ran OhioSportsNet, and he used Megaupload to store the digital video he recorded of high school sports games. He paid €79.99 ($87.49) for a two-year premium subscription.

Years have passed. The US criminal prosecution of Dotcom and other Megaupload executives is on hold while New Zealand continues with years of extradition hearings. Meanwhile, Carpathia's servers were powered down and are kept in storage by QTS Realty Trust, which acquired Carpathia in 2015.

Now the EFF has taken the extraordinary step of asking an appeals court to step in and effectively force the hand of the district court judge. Yesterday, Goodwin's lawyers filed a petition for a writ of mandamus (PDF link in article) with the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which oversees Virginia federal courts.

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