Goodwin's dispute is not with Megaupload or Carpathia, as the DOJ has suggested, Samuels added. "Carpathia is more than willing to work with third parties, Megaupload's more than willing to work with third parties, it's the government that's stood in the way every time when the parties have tried to figure out something on their own," she said.
Even if Goodwin's files are on a Carpathia server, "that doesn't mean the government should be absolved of any wrongdoing," Samuels added. "For the government to come forward now and say, 'We don't have the stuff anymore,' isn't the right answer."
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is email@example.com.