Megaupload’s website may have been shut down due to the presence of pirated materials BUT there’s still a series matter of all that legal content that’s on its servers. People want their files back and now the government’s has got what it needs, the hosting companies no longer need to keep the data around because Megaupload’s no longer paying them to do so. So Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications have decided to preserve the data for at least two weeks while a deal is brokered with the DOJ for its release. In the meantime, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with Carpathia to create a website that puts people in touch with the EFF so users can try to retrieve their data.
So the US Government (along with other governments) pulled the plug on Megaupload and its whole executive team last week. By charging the them with criminal charges for copyright infringement and racketeering in addition to conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and money laundering.
As a result of this several other cloud locker companies have shut down their sharing ways to avoid similar DOJ entanglements. FileSonic and Fileserve have eliminated file sharing from their service menus, and Uploaded.to is no longer available to those people in the US. None of these co
mpanies have said that Megaupload’s legal problems are the reason for the changes, but the timing suggests it’s more than mere coincidence.
Feel fee to have a debate about this matter in the comments section and we’ll do a story of your views at the end of the week.