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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MegaUpload Users Want Their Data Back after 5 Years

MegaUpload Users Want Their Data Back after 5 Years

MegaUpload Users Want Their Data Back after 5 Years

Added: Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
About 5 years ago, when Kim Dotcom’s MegaUpload was raided, millions of its users lost access to their personal files, which are still stashed away in a Virginia warehouse. One of the users, Kyle Goodwin, has been trying to get his data back for many years and continues to urge the court to take action, fearing that it may soon be lost forever.


Kyle Goodwin operates a sports video company in Ohio. MegaUpload hosting was used as part of the business to store large legitimate videos he created himself. Now he asks the court to help him and other users to retrieve their personal property, having filed lots of requests to find a workable solution for the return of the data. Unfortunately, this has been without success.

Today he once again raised the issue before the Virginia District Court, pointing out that all former MegaUpload users lost access to their valuable data, which still remains inaccessible. Industry watchers remind that the files were originally stored by Carpathia Hosting, later taken over by QTS Realty Trust. The company assured that the backups were still in place, but this may not last for long – firstly because the disk drives with the data may experience high failure rates, and secondly because the company has to spend lots of money on maintaining the servers it can’t use.

For the last 5 years, the US Government, MegaUpload and copyright owners have been trying to find a mutually agreeable solution for the data retrieval, but without success. The court also has yet to rule on Kyle Goodwin’s motion asking for the return of his property filed back in 2012.

MegaUpload legal representative Ira Rothken believes that the court must hold the US Government responsible for their actions, which will help former users to get their data back. Of course, Kyle Goodwin is not the only person waiting to be reunited with his files stored with MegaUpload. Many others also used this popular cyberlocker to store legitimate and important content, including business documents and family photos.

Well, we’ll see whether the court can help to make this happen, but honestly speaking, one can make conclusions from the lack of progress over the half decade.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-10-23 03:14:19)
eyemanozzy avatartoo bad their data was not copyrighted !
that would have been funny to watch them charged with copyright theft !

posted by (2016-10-23 03:53:13)
biteme666 avatarI have heaps of photos those that cant ever be replaced they all had copyrights on the corners of every pic. plus heaps of pics of my growing stash ill keep you thinking of what stash I had. no it wasn't WEED it was nice pics of my tobacco plants that I sell and I also sell tobacco seeds still plus I also import Cubin seeds as well

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-10-23 07:16:59)
analogkid6103 avatarIm afraid the conclusion of this will be that the hioding companies that are supposedly maintaining the servers will cry that all data has been corrupted. Hope im wrong but Im usually not.

posted by (2016-10-23 14:11:08)
Admiral_Smith avatarThat is the end of most usenet binary data retention plans. What? Five years of data sitting on some alt.binaries server so maybe they want their data back because it cannot be recovered. Most of the time if the cops seize something they keep it and it takes a special court session to retrieve it back. Most of the time it is sorry Charlie.

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