the DJ (O'Grady) actually want the MegaUpload data to be preserved, at least last year:http://news.cnet.com...served-for-now/
and to do that the involved hosting companies request financial relief.
"Since then, MegaUpload has been unable to keep up the payments to Carpathia Hosting.
Instead of destroying the user data, Carpathia has preserved MegaUpload's servers at its own expense.
Carpathia has asked the court for financial relief in the form of a protective order.
The parties were in court to determine what should be done with the MegaUpload's data."
But it was Govt lawyer persuading the DJ denies the hosting funds
"While O'Grady was sympathetic to Carpathia's financial burden,
the government's lawyers told the judge that the company was no babe in the woods.
They said that the company generated $35 million from working with MegaUpload
and suggested that Carpathia may bear some of the responsibility
for the copyright infringement that allegedly occurred at MegaUpload.
They told the judge there's a chance that Carpathia will face a civil suit.
The government's lawyers said Carpathia just wants to "get out" of the servers
but that doesn't mean U.S. taxpayers have to ride to the rescue."
Its clear that U.S. Govt unwilling to pay for severs upkeep cost, they even threat the hosting companies will possibility of "civil suit".
But theres more:
"Ira Rothken, MegaUpload's lead attorney, had tried to buy the servers from Carpathia but the government nixed the deal.
MegaUpload says it needs the servers to help prove its innocence."
At least on Kim side, since they know that they will unable to pay the server leasing for longer duration without income, they opt to buy them instead,
so perhaps Kim could able to keep the revenues flowing and keep the exsiting data, but it was U.S. Govt that prevent this.
So yeah, LeaseWeb decision can't be fully blamed on Kim, U.S. Govt got their shares of blames too.
Other hosting companies that still hold MegaUpload data, might as well followsuit.