(The Hosting News) – When U.S. Federal authorities pulled the plug on file sharing site Megaupload earlier this month due to piracy accusations, thousands of digital files belonging to the site’s users were rendered inaccessible.
Would users be able to retrieve legitimately legal files before the feds forced the file sharing site’s hosting companies to erase Megaupload’s server data?
According to a CNN report, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride had indicated that the deletion of server information could take place soon. “It is our understanding that the hosting companies may begin deleting the contents of the servers beginning as early as February 2, 2012,” MacBride previously stated in a court letter.
However, it now appears such an action will not happen just yet.
Web hosting companies which have provided for Megaupload including Carpathia Hosting and Cogent will not move forward to provisioning their servers for a while. On Monday, MegaUpload defense attorney Ira Rothken stated via Twitter, “Carpathia and Cogent agreed to preserve consumer data for additional time of at least two weeks so #Megaupload can work with US on proposal.”
Rothken’s statement was followed up today by an official press release from Carpathia Hosting concerning the matter. Carpathia Hosting Chief Marketing Officer Brian Winter said his company “has no immediate plans to reprovision some or all of the Megaupload servers.”
Winter continued, “This means that there is no imminent data loss for Megaupload customers.” Winter also stated that if things change, the hosting company would inform users a week prior to any server action taking place.
Meanwhile, Carpathia Hosting is working with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to raise awareness concerning user files contained on Megaupload that are legal, which it hopes to help users retrieve. “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,” stated EFF Staff Attorney Julie Samuels on Tuesday.
Despite that, Carpathia Hosting Brian Winter emphasized that Carpthia Hosting did not “have access to any data for Megaupload customers.”
The U.S. Justice Department has accused MegaUpload operators including Kim Dotcom of raking in over $175 million in illegal profits due to the availability of pirated material on the file sharing site. Aside from blocking access to Megaupload, six others in addition to Dotcom received charges related to copyright infringement.
According to U.S. authorities, actions by Megaupload have cost copyright owners over half a million in profits. Megaupload has vigorously defended its actions with the company’s attorney Ira Rothken telling CNET earlier this month, “Many of the allegations made are similar to those in the copyright case filed against YouTube and that was a civil case….and YouTube won.”