Data of 50 million MegaUpload users faces deletion

Data belonging to 50 million users on file-sharing website MegaUpload is in danger of being deleted this week due to unpaid hosting fees.

Data belonging to 50 million users on file-sharing website MegaUpload is in danger of being deleted this week due to unpaid hosting fees.

 
The data, which MegaUpload's lawyer is hoping can be saved, faces potential deletion as early as 2 February by Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, two firms which have not received payments for hosting the data since MegUpload's funds were frozen earlier this month.
 
MegaUpload was shut down on 19 January after the homes of its founder and staff were raided. Arrests were made on allegations of copyright infringement and fraud, but MegaUpload asserts that its service is legitimate.
 
 Data of 50 million MegaUpload users faces deletion
 
The service has around 150 million users and is considered one of the largest file hosting companies in the world. While many of the files stored might have infringed copyright, many more were uploaded by their original creators, and now they face deletion. MegaUpload is hoping to show some of these legal files to prove its case that illegal file-sharing isn't what it's about.
 
The shutdown and arrests have prompted many other file-sharing services to shut down or severely restrict uploads and downloads, for fear that they will be next on the list of the anti-piracy brigade.
 
Source: BBC