January 30, 2012, 10:57 AM —
US shut down MegaUpload on January 19th, now plans to delete all files on February 2nd.
The Associated Press reports the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia notified two storage companies used by MegaUpload either may or should delete files starting this Thursday. Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. are based in Virginia, which gave federal officials jurisdiction over MegaUpload. U.S. officials have copied some files from the servers, which are still physically located at their hosting companies.
Ira Rothken, attorney for MegaUpload, says the company wants to keep user files safel, but can't pay for hosting because the government has seized all their funds. Rothken also makes the point that the files of at least 50 million MegaUpload users will help their defense, if they are allowed to keep them. No comments have been made by the hosting companies.
Doesn't evidence matter?
Curse the feds
Wow, if this is true you could call it a MegaFail by the US Justice Department. Am I the only one that finds the use of the word ‘Mega Conspiracy’ in the indictment utterly inappropriate and childish?
sschueller on news.ycombinator.com
Detailing the loss
I have a lot of personal information on there.. Photos that I will never be able to get again! Photos that have been destroyed due to age of family members that are gone...
greatkitsune on torrentfreak.com
I also used the service to download other legal files such as modified Android ROMs that are part of the Android Open Source Project! As a matter of fact, everything I used it for was for legit reasons.
Cliff Porter on mashable.com
Time to vote: do the Feds have a responsibility to maintain all MegaUpload files?