Megaupload files could be recovered by users

Millions of users who stored files on the Megaupload web site got caught by surprise in January when US law enforcement officials shut down the site and arrested several of its team members on online piracy charges. However some people may feel about these actions, the reality is that some users of Megaupload did use the site for completely legitimate reasons.

Now one of the two server hosting companies that Megaupload used, Carpathia Hosting, has announced it is teaming up with the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation to help some of Megaupload's users retrieve their files. There was a threat that the files could be deleted later this week but that threat has been pushed back, at least for the moment.

The EFF and Carpathia have launched a web site, MegaRetrival.com, that provides information about this plan. The EFF will provide legal help to any user who wants to gain access back to their legitimate files that were stored on Megaupload's servers. Any user can contact the EFF at megauploadmissing@eff.org for more information.

Carpathia's CMO Brian Winter stated:

We have no immediate plans to reprovision some or all of the Megaupload servers. This means that there is no imminent data loss for Megaupload customers. If this situation changes, we will post a notice at least 7 days in advance of reprovisioning any Megaupload servers at www.Carpathia.com and www.MegaRetrieval.com.

There's no word if Megaupload's other server host, Cogent Communications, plans to join the EFF in this effort.

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this is ridiculous "If you are one of these, are based in the United States..." ? what happen to other areas?

deep1234 said,
Last month I have payed for subscription of 2 years. What I want is my money if megaupload is closing.

You should dispute this with your credit card company/paypal. I doubt you will actually get a refund from megaupload.

deep1234 said,
Last month I have payed for subscription of 2 years. What I want is my money if megaupload is closing.

how much did they charge?

deep1234 said,
Last month I have payed for subscription of 2 years. What I want is my money if megaupload is closing.

So you bought a two year subscription to a site thats mostly used for piracy, and now you're annoyed that they've closed and you're out of pocket? Riiiiiiiight.

TurboTuna said,

So you bought a two year subscription to a site thats mostly used for piracy, and now you're annoyed that they've closed and you're out of pocket? Riiiiiiiight.

Actually, the majority of users used the site for legitimate reasons. A lot of people used it to share their own recorded music, photos and videos rather than trying to attach them to emails ect.

TurboTuna said,

So you bought a two year subscription to a site thats mostly used for piracy, and now you're annoyed that they've closed and you're out of pocket? Riiiiiiiight.

How do you know he used it for piracy?

Largoh said,

Actually, the majority of users used the site for legitimate reasons. A lot of people used it to share their own recorded music, photos and videos rather than trying to attach them to emails ect.

I hate to break it to you, but I don't think the number of people using it for legitimate reasons was the "majority of users".
Just because I pour some perfectly legal sugar in my pile of crack cocaine, it doesn't make my crack cocaine legal.

mightymightyme said,

I hate to break it to you, but I don't think the number of people using it for legitimate reasons was the "majority of users".
Just because I pour some perfectly legal sugar in my pile of crack cocaine, it doesn't make my crack cocaine legal.

Wouldnt it be more the question of just because your neighbor is snorting cocain the sugar your snorting is still legal...

Houtei said,
Wouldnt it be more the question of just because your neighbor is snorting cocain the sugar your snorting is still legal...

probably more like you stored your sugar in a crackhouse.

mightymightyme said,

probably more like you stored your sugar in a crackhouse.

But that's just it. It's storing crack in a sugar house/silo/whatever. There goes probably hundreds of thousands of dollars in perfectly legal data, because there was a little illegal data in it as well.

guys... think your email address is wrong, you've put megauploadmissing@eff.org... should it be megauploadmissing@eef.org?

Javawag said,
guys... think your email address is wrong, you've put megauploadmissing@eff.org... should it be megauploadmissing@eef.org?

Did you go to the website at all? It clearly states the email address is: megauploadmissing@eff.org

"hi uhh yeah, see, I totally uploaded my legitimate copy of that new Madonna album, ummm...whatever it's called and I uhh...kinda need it back...yeah? I totally didn't share the link or anything, I just backed it up and then my friend came over and accidentally wiped my PC, so..."