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MegaUpload Users Will Sue American Government

MegaUpload Users Will Sue American Government

Added: Monday, January 30th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
MegaUpload users who legally stored their information on the cyberlocker are going to sue the government of the United States for theft of their information. Last week, the US Department of Justice switched off servers of the website at the request of the entertainment industry, while cutting off millions of legitimate users from their backed-up data.

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It seems that the Department of Justice had been told that MegaUpload was only being used by pirates to distribute unauthorized material and for some reason they forgot that it might actually be used legitimately. Multiple media reports confirm that those users all over the world are now fuming that the government of the United States didn’t warn them to take their content off the website before they closed it down, so they might have a point.

Ironically enough, the legal campaign has been organized by the Pirates of Catalonia, cooperating with Pirate Parties International. They published a message on their website, saying that the widespread damage caused by the sudden shutdown of MegaUpload was really unjustified and entirely disproportionate to the aim intended. The Pirates of Catalonia have created a form where the site users were able to register their complaints. They are going to facilitate submission of complaints against the American authorities in as many countries throughout the globe as possible, in order to ensure a positive and just result.

Thus far, it is unclear what kind of legal action the outfit is able to take. In fact, the only specific statutes the Pirates of Catalonia mentioned were Articles 197 and 198 in the Spanish law responsible for governing the misappropriation of personal information. Today the outfit is claming that it is only investigating the potential breaches of legislation.

On the other hand, there is something that might stop the Pirates of Catalonia from being successful. The matter is that MegaUpload’s terms of service mentioned that users storing personal information on the website did so at their own risk. On the one hand, that might have protected the cyberlocker from being sued, but on the other hand, it could at the same time be used by the Department of Justice to point out that legitimate users should have backed up anyway.



By:
SaM
January 30th,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Monday, January 30th, 2012



Comments (25) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Trial UploaderET junkiemenTurtle (2012-01-30 17:51:11)
bipin369 avatarsue the government

2
posted by ET loverKitty (2012-01-30 20:40:38)
greymongel avatarThnx for the article......i never used megaupload personally but see how it would suck if u did

3
posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2012-01-30 20:56:04)
fusseltier avatareverything is at your own risk, even driving, but plenty of people get sued anyway.

4
posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2012-01-31 00:08:07)
Jooge avatarI agree with #3. Everything is at your own risk. The disclaimers that they post (the ones that none of us ever read) at the bottom of the registration page always spell it out in plain english "We Are Not Responsible For Lost or Misplaced Data" Anyone can sue anyone so getting excited about a lawsuit is pointless and in vein. If you wanna backup your data don't ever use anyone of those cyerlockers. Get yourself and external harddrive and save it at home. You should only use those sites for sharing, not as your primary storage (backup) location.

5
posted by Turtle (2012-01-31 00:23:31)
bigcow2k avatarlol of course they are "not responsible bla blah" but the US gvt is. the disclaimer is only to protect megaupload, not the US gvt, which in this case IS responsible for inaccessibility of private data stored there. so, the lawsuits is not in vain, cos they were not warned beforehand

6
posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2012-01-31 00:33:04)
Jooge avatarhey bigcow2k, if you could understand my comment I wasn't referring to the lawsuit as being "in vain" I said "...anyone can sue anyone, so getting excited about a lawsuit is pointless and in vein" You must of missed that day of school when your class went over "reading comprehension"

7
posted by (2012-01-31 02:04:00)
dave1lfc avatarnow now ladiesss

8
posted by (2012-01-31 04:58:26)
breakdown avatarits 1up xD

9
posted by Blocked (2012-01-31 06:21:16)
menahunie avatarI am also aware of their disclaimer; BUT I would be SOL if something out of the control of these people happened, fire, nuke war, etc..
Thing is the data is not lost; it is being held by the United States Government and the Entertainment Industry.
The one thing beyond me is How can they label all of the servers having infringing data without proof and shut them down. The servers they rented in Virgina I would believe as would a smart lawyer is look at those servers and find this alleged copyright infringing material and have the United States Government and the Entertainment industry that mega upload received DCMA complaints and took no action?

10
posted by (2012-01-31 12:40:07)
messiahx4ever avatarI would assume that any information lost or accidentally corrupted would mean just that, but not seized or confiscated by some bureaucratic nugget meisters seeking a glory hole in which to shove their tongues into and lick clean. These kinds of people just refuse to go away and continue to be of a mammalian parasite, they actually believe they have the rights to take anything and every thing they want out of nothing less than pure superficial greed, it was never based or right or wrong.

11
posted by (2012-01-31 13:59:51)
samps avatarlol that's good news, megaupload was awesome

12
posted by (2012-01-31 20:38:05)
dikhed avatarI think some of our fellow users have missed the point. the fbi took possesion of their stuff. where in the user disclaimer did it mention that some govenment agency could take it over and keep all the contents. Go Hard pirate party bend them yanks over. Seems clear cut to me. so much for all care and no responsibility

13
posted by (2012-01-31 20:41:29)
No avatarSo by the way hoe died and made Amerika KING OF THE WORLD

14
posted by Turtle (2012-01-31 22:28:20)
bigcow2k avatarhey bartender...i understood your comment well enough, and i attended ALL of my reading comprehension classes, as well as spelling classes... here the title reads "MegaUpload Users Will Sue American Government" and the whole article is all about that title, then you came in and talk about disclaimers, esp the one about "We Are Not Responsible..."??? well nothing is wrong with it, only that it's kinda out of context, doncha think?

15
posted by (2012-01-31 23:17:41)
IrishTalian avatarI'm glad that you had the intelligence to correct your improper form of the word "VAIN"; it's not a tube used for blood transportation! LOL! So, I believe if anyone needs a spell-check, it's you...

16
posted by Blocked (2012-02-01 01:27:55)
No avatarThe American authorities have most certainly broken UK law in regard to theft of or damage to others legitimate data, which is a level 3 offence, the highest level of offence.

17
posted by Blocked (2012-02-01 01:47:00)
BillyJBallsacks avatarbig talk from prison bitches

18
posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2012-02-01 07:16:48)
Jooge avatarbigcow - i mentioned the things i did in my original comment in response to the first dude that commented. My whole point was that ppl can sue whomever they want. Ppl act like the whole "I'm gonna sue you" thing actually holds any weight. It doesn't today. I just found it rather comical how the dude was all gun-ho about it.

19
posted by Blocked (2012-02-01 12:32:38)
No avataris it the money
YES

20
posted by (2012-02-01 16:06:58)
ripe avatarWhen u buy a game it is legal to make a workingcopy of the DVD, am i right? But if i then wan't to donate the copy for free to anyone who can't buy that game himself, is it still legal? Isn't this what the filesharing is about?

21
posted by (2012-02-02 04:54:07)
JohnnyBlade avatarDespite accepting risk the law allows action in the cases of malfeasance, gross negligence, willful destruction, and other actions caused by another party. Accepting risk only extends to that risk which would normally be associated with the action in question. To use this example a simple loss of data due to server failure would not be actionable, however if a preponderance of evidence can be established the data was lost due to say Joe the custodian spilling a thermos full of coffee into the server a judgement could be made in favor of the plaintiff. If the server was located in the US (I'm guessing it was if US law enforcement shut it down), plaintiffs in the US may be able to file a Bivens action for violation of the 4th amendment. I don't know what judicial authority those outside the US would use to seek redress.

22
posted by (2012-02-04 13:05:23)
No avatarsue the dog shit out off them i think there trying to take our right as human beigns away we have no other no one only beign human all we have left

23
posted by (2012-02-04 14:47:18)
No avatarstop saying trash and go and file a law suit...if you have the balls....

24
posted by Supermanimmortal (2012-02-04 23:08:16)
Big_A_Little_A avatar@ tndeman2011 I must applaud you well said,sitting in your cozy home watching your 51" plasma d/loading the latest movies!!! your right were taken away from you the day you started to conform to society and lead the life of an average joe,

another rebel without a clue!!!

25
posted by Turtle (2012-02-10 00:08:12)
djstorm2008 avatarThis is the whole reason why only an idiot would use online storage as backup storage! Online storage should be used for file-sharing only. If you need to back stuff up, get an external hard drive and store it at home! Especially since they are so cheap on eBay now! I only paid $85 for my 2.5Tb Western Digital. Hell, I paid almost that much for my second 1Tb 2 years ago. And I paid twice that for the first 1Tb on Amazon a year before that!



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