Tuesday, January 31, 2012

EFF creates website in an attempt to help users save their MegaUpload data

If you have legal files on MegaUpload's site (or for that matter, illegal files), the clock is running toward them being deleted. As we reported, MegaUpload's assets are frozen, and thus they can't pay their hosting companies. Recognizing this, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is working to help end users save what could be irreplaceable documents or memories.

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The EFF has partnered with Carpathia Hosting, Megaupload’s hosting provider, to launch MegaRetrieval, a website dedicated to helping lawful users retrieve the legitimate files that have been seized by the U.S. government --- and may yet be deleted.

EFF Attorney Julie Samuels, speaking in a statement on the "rescue attempt," said, “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. We think it’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”

Carpathia Hosting created the website, and is hosting it for the EFF. To be clear, however, Carpathia said it does not, and never has has access to MegaUpload's content. Still, here's how the EFF says you can request help:

"When the United States Government shut down access to Megaupload, a multitude of innocent users who stored legitimate, non-infringing files on the cloud-storage service were left with no means to access their data.

"If you believe you are one of these users, are based in the United States, and are looking for legal help to retrieve your data, please email the best contact information for you to the EFF at:

At the same time, the Thursday, Feb. 2 deadline that the DoJ suggested would be the date that files would begin being erased no longer appears to be an issue. Megaupload attorney Ira Rothken has Tweeted that both Carpathia and Cogent Communications Group, another storage company, have agreed to preserve consumer data for at least two weeks, so that MegaUpload and the DoJ can resolve the matter of legitimate user data.

For now, the EFF says it plans to just gather and document information on end users who may lose legitimate, personal and legal data if MegaUpload's files are deleted. The organization said it has not yet determined if it will assemble a class action lawsuit against the government on behalf of end users.

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