Big Content’s cunning plan to make customers fear using data locker services appears to have hit a bit of snag.
When police shut down the Megaupload operation, the personal data, much of it legitimate, which was stored by the company was threatened with deletion.
Big Content does not like data locker operations, not just becuase they can be used for piracy, but also because they can be used by musicians to set up arrangements with audiences which lock out Big Content.
The US police did not care. After all, Big Content had told them that all the material available on Megaupload was illegal so they were not going to help users get their data back.
Law enforcement thought it would be deleted because Megaupload could not pay the bill to Carpathia Hosting. That was because the police had seized all of Megaupload’s assets, and if the bill could not be paid, well, that was just collateral damage.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is worried about a lot of the things that have taken place in the Megaupload case, got on the blower to Carparthia and asked what could be done.
In a statement, the EFF said it is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload had their property taken from them without warning and that the government has taken no steps to help them.
Julie Samuels, staff attorney at EFF, said it was important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.
Carpathia Hosting not only agreed, it has created the website MegaRetrieval.com to help lawful users in the United States work with the EFF to investigate their options for retrieving their legitimate, non-infringing files from Megaupload.
Carpathia does not have access to the content on Megaupload’s servers, but it does want to help lawful users of the Megaupload service by promoting EFF and its non-profit legal services.
Carpathia hopes the creation of MegaRetrieval.com will help drive awareness that Megaupload customers can seek legal assistance to retrieve their data.
Brian Winter, chief marketing officer of Carpathia Hosting, said his company supports the EFF and its efforts to help those users that stored legitimate, non-infringing files with Megaupload retrieve their data.