Focus Placed on Legal Files from Megaupload Shutdown

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Users who had legal files stored within embattled file sharing site Megaupload are receiving a helping hand from Carpathia Hosting.

On Tuesday, the web host announced it was teaming up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (an electronic rights organization) to assist those users with exploring their options for retrieving their files.

Megaupload was shut down by U.S. authorities earlier this month with the site’s operators arrested and accused of illegally profiting from pirated material contained on the site.

To raise the issue of retrieving legal files from the shut-down file sharing site, Carpathia Hosting and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have launched megaretrieval.com.

“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 in a press release.

“We think it’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward,” Samuels continued.

Meanwhile, Carpathia Hosting Chief Marketing Officer Brian Winter emphasized that his company “does not have access to any data for Megaupload customers.”

Despite that, according to CNN, Carpathia Hosting is one of two providers (along with Cogent) that has provided hosting for Megaupload. On Monday, Megaupload attorney Ira Rothklen signaled that saving data could be in the works even with site downtime. “Carpathia and Cogent agreed to preserve consumer data for additional time of at least two weeks so #Megaupload can work with US on proposal,” Rothklen stated via his Twitter page.

Rothklen’s statement follows a letter by U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride that previously indicated data could be deleted from Megaupload’s servers soon. According to a CNN report, MacBride stated in a court letter, “It is our understanding that the hosting companies may begin deleting the contents of the servers beginning as early as February 2, 2012.”

Among its hosting services, Carpathia provides colocation, cloud and more. In September of last year, the company revealed that it had been selected by popular music streaming service Spotify to host data for the company’s launch in the Untied States. For more information regarding the matter, visit: http://www.megaretrieval.com/

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