Megaupload, the notorious file hosting service that was abruptly shut down recently due to piracy and claims of money laundering, is taking another hit in the eyes of it’s once users. Data could be deleted this week which means anyone who uploaded content, will lose everything.
The recent debacle with the Hong Kong based company, has really ignited the Internet community on the topic of piracy and copyright infringement. Prosecutors claim to have cost the music and movie industry Billions of dollars because of people uploading copyrighted material and users then downloading it.
The service made it very easy to upload and get access to content, whether it was music or movies. Many people were using it, too, and paying for it at that. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t look to be making a comeback anytime soon.
“It is our understanding that the hosting companies may begin deleting the contents of the servers beginning as early as February 2, 2012,” U.S. District Attorney Neil MacBride wrote in the letter. Ira Rothken, attorney for Megaupload, told The Associated Press that, after this development, at least 50 million customers could lose their files. Megaupload had been contracting with the companies to store the information, but can no longer pay those contracts because its assets have been frozen.”
The situation is sure to make a lot of people upset, but what’s done has already been done. Since they can’t pay the hosting companies because their assets were frozen, there’s a good chance all the data will be deleted.
How do you feel about the whole Megaupload situation?