Megaupload data safe for "at least two weeks"

Megaupload data safe for "at least two weeks"

Summary: Megaupload users have been given reprieve, as the fate of their uploaded files on the file-sharing site becomes slightly clearer.

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Reprieve for tens of millions, as Megaupload struggles to deal with frozen bank accounts, and a hosting company's bill that as a result has gone unpaid.

Managers at both firms have agreed to preserve the vast quantities of data uploaded by Megaupload users for a minimum of two weeks, said Megaupload's U.S. attorney, Ira Rothken on Twitter.

It looked as though data could start being deleted as soon as Thursday. But this deal now gives the U.S. authorities and Megaupload more time to iron out an agreement over how to handle the issue of end users' data.

Many had complained that despite Megaupload being used by some for piracy and illegally downloading copyrighted material, many files uploaded belong to the copyright owners, such as family photo collections and personal documents.

But Carpathia Hosting, one of Megaupload's hosting companies, said in a statement that it: "does not have, and has never had, access to the content on MegaUpload servers and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to MegaUpload’s customers."

With an estimated 50 million people once using Megaupload's service, the file-sharing company in the top 100 most visited websites on the Web, according to Internet traffic analytics firm Alexa.

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  • the cloud is dead

    RIP. if one of the top sites on the net can have all it's data destroyed......... Not saying anything about the illegal file sharing, but........
    sparkle farkle
    • RE: Megaupload data safe for

      @sparkle farkle

      This isn't anything new. Network Admins have always known not to rely on the cloud only for data storage. Always have a local or 2nd offsite copy. I think its merely an awakening for normal users.

      Maybe you could say the hyped-up expectations of the cloud are finally dead. Good riddance to them.
      wendellgee2
  • RE: Megaupload data safe for

    I'm hoping for a 50 million plaintiff, class action law suit against the US Government.
    lehnerus2000
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