MegaUpload users are being offered legal aid to help them get their lawful data back, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Carpathia Hosting criticising the way in which the seizure and closure of MegaUpload was handled.
MegaUpload users are being offered legal aid to help them get their lawful data back.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Carpathia Hosting have set up a website, MegaRetrieval.com
, for those affected by the closure of the file-sharing service, where they can begin co-ordinated legal action to claim back non-pirated data that was stored on MegaUpload servers.
“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,” said Julie Samuels, staff attorney at the EFF. “We think it's important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”
Previously as many as 50 million users faced the possibility that their data would be deleted
as early as tomorrow, but this data may be held for several more weeks as the prospects of lawsuits arise. Lawyers defending MegaUpload claim that this information would prove that the site stores legal data.
Carpathia, which is one of two companies that provides hosting for MegaUpload, also reassured customers that it has no immediate plans to reprovision those servers, and that any such plans will come with a seven-day notice, but until the matter goes to court there is very little that can be done to restore access to uploaded files.
“Carpathia does not have access to any data for Megaupload customers,” said Brian Winter, CMO of Carpathia. “We support the EFF and their efforts to help those users that stored legitimate, non-infringing files with Megaupload retrieve their data.”
Should the EFF launch a class-action lawsuit, it will undoubtedly be watched closely by the entire internet, music and movie industries, and many other file-sharing sites, some of which have since closed up
, will be hoping that legitimate users regain access to their data.