Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

March 12, 2012 -

An interesting article on TorrentFreak points out something we should have suspected all along: that everyday Megaupload users are not the only ones that have lost access to legal data - the U.S. government has also had some of its data locked down. According to Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the Department of Justice and members of the U.S. Senate have stored data on the site, which, ironically, they don't have access to because the U.S. government shut the site down.

Kim Dotcom says that lawyers for the company are doing their best to get all users - including the U.S. government - their legal data back. They are negotiating with the Department of Justice to give users temporary access to legal data, but so far there hasn't been any movement.

"Megaupload’s legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data,: Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak.

"Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate," he added. "I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files."

As we have previously reported, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is also trying to get legitimate users their legal data back: they launched the MegaRetrieval campaign to make an inventory of users who lost data because of the government takedown. For now the EFF can't do anything until lawyers for Megaupload and the government agree.

"EFF continues to identify more people who have lost access to legitimate personal files," EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels told TorrentFreak. "Our goal is to help them get their files back as quickly and efficiently as possible."

The EFF is concerned about getting data back into the hands of the people that own it, but they are also worried about the future ramifications of the Megaupload case on other file-hosting services.

"In general we are very concerned about the implications the ‘Mega conspiracy’ indictment has for the future of cloud computing and file-hosting services, and innovation more generally. It’s hard to imagine how the nature in which this went down won’t have a chilling effect going forward. We hope to come up with processes for future cases that will counteract that," Samuels said.

If you are one of those affected by the Megaupload takedown, visit the EFF's megaretrieval.com.

Source: TorrentFreak


Comments

Re: Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

"It’s hard to imagine how the nature in which this went down won’t have a chilling effect going forward. We hope to come up with processes for future cases that will counteract that," Samuels said.

Except that chilling effect has already happened with respect to other digital locker services. Uploaded.to and FileServe don't cater to U.S.-based customers anymore. RapidShare is throttling bandwidth for free users. FileSonic won't allow anyone to download what they didn't upload themselves. That's just the list I've seen headlines for.

Re: Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

So the US government just didn't want to pay for their data storage?

Re: Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

It doesn't specify what the nature of the data is, nor when and how it was sent.

Just because someone who works for the Department of Justice also happens to have some files on MegaUpload, doesn't mean that those files are work-related at all. And even if they happen to have in-house storage, some employees may not be granted access to that, for whatever reason.

Re: Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

Good point, though all the information we have is that it's government data, for all we know someone was pirating files.

Re: Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

Might very well have been. Your comment reminded me of a couple articles from last year about: YouHaveDownloaded.com. Don't know how you'd check into who is who, but government employees (and RIAA, etc. employees) have apparently been caught in filesharing before by watching their database.

Re: Kim Dotcom: US Government Has Files on Megaupload

The thing is, many of the people working for government departments aren't "slaves of the nation" or what have you. They're ordinary people, just like you and me.

It's not uncommon to find at least one pirated song in any particular household, regardless of how the owner of said household came into possession of said song.

You don't hear much about the average office clerk who works at places like the Department of Justice; Much of the people who represent these types of organizations generally have some part to play, however small, in the business management.

That's sort of why I don't like the "suits" of a company, the general management. Any company, doesn't matter if it's governmental or a video game publisher, many of them just come off as extremely ignorant about the industry they're working in.

The people high-up in the MPAA/RIAA food chain come off to me as incredibly arrogant and ignorant people who simply refuse to understand why people pirate, because they don't care or want to. It's not that they can't research why, it's that they really don't care. Which frankly, I believe means they only have themselves to blame when people start pirating their stuff.

Most of this is a rather hefty assumption, of course. But how often do you hear the average Joe talk about their opinions on piracy in official reports and such?

 
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