EFF Teams With Carpathia Over MegaUpload Data

Carpathia Hosting has set up a website, MegaRetrieval.com, where those who stored data at MegaUpload can get in touch with EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). EFF is offering free legal services in hopes of assisting users who legitimately stored data on MegaUpload.

When the United States Government shut down access to Megaupload, a multitude of innocent users who stored legitimate, non-infringing files on the cloud-storage service were left with no means to access their data.

If you are one of these, are based in the United States, and are looking for legal help to retrieve your data, please email the Electronic Frontier Foundation at megauploadmissing-at-eff.org.

Here is their joint press release. [More...]

This is not a promise of any sorts by Carpathia. It is merely a plan "to assess the scope of the issue facing Megaupload users who are at risk of losing their data" by connecting them with EFF.

Carpathia again says it is unable to access the data stored on the MegaUpload servers.

Although Carpathia does not have, and has never had, access to the content on Megaupload’s servers, the hosting provider wants to assist lawful users of the Megaupload service by promoting EFF and its non-profit legal services.
Carpathia hopes the creation of www.MegaRetrieval.com will help drive awareness that Megaupload customers can seek legal assistance to retrieve their data.

In other words, Carpathia is merely temporarily preserving the servers (rather than reprovisioning them) and hosting a website for people to contact EFF.

Carpathia Hosting has created the website www.MegaRetrieval.com to help lawful users in the United States work with EFF to investigate their options for retrieving their legitimate, non-infringing files from Megaupload.

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    All of This Seems Crazy (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:04:03 PM EST
    So the mission of the government was protecting copyright data for the owners.

    Copyright is automatic, so any photo, graphic design, program, or writing stored by the creator is copyrighted material, technically.  

    I would imagine that would cover a lot of the data stored at Mega, and yet the government seems rather unconcerned that someone might actually destroy copyrighted materials.

    They could at least pretend that this about the copyright principle and make some effort to ensure the rightful owners get their property returned to them.  If it was tangible property, it would be returned to the owners.  They simply don't care enough to bother pretending they aren't bought and paid for industry lackeys.

    And Carpathia, I don't blame them for being hesitant, with the over-reaction I wouldn't want to get between paid Mega users and Uncle Sam.