MegaUpload, Hong Kong based file-sharing website, data could be deleted by Thursday as confirmed by the Federal prosecutors in the U.S. after facing several issues related to copyrights and illegal downloads of music, movies and other contents.
A letter filed in the case Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said storage companies Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. may begin removing data on the website by this week. Access to MegaUpload has already been blocked by U.S. prosecutors. Moreover, they have charged seven men.
Lawyers for the founders of MegaUpload are contesting the action. Ira Rothken, Megaupload attorney, said that the company is working with the prosecutors to save the data from being erased. He reported that almost 50 million users of MegaUpload have to face the situation of data deletion. This could be shocking news for those who were using this site for rightful purposes such as storing their own data including personal documents and family photos. Moreover, he said the data is useful for the company itself as it can help them to defend.
“We’re cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done,” he said.