After five years, Megaupload users can’t get data back

On Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit was denied the EFF’s request on behalf of Kyle Goodwin, one of the Megaupload user. The user kept irreplaceable backups of sport videos on the Megaupload service.

Although, as Mr. Goodwin points out, his motion for return of property has been pending for a significant period of time without decision, we do not find on thisĀ record that the district court refused to adjudicate the matter,” wrote the unanimous three-judge panel. “Accordingly, the petition for writ of mandamus is denied without prejudice.

According to Wikipedia, Megaupload, an online cyberlocker service that was run by Kim Dotcom, was seized and shut down on the 19th of January 2012. Megaupload’s sister sites include Megavideo.com, Megapix.com, Megalive.com, and Megabox.com, websites closed also.

It’s been more than five years since Kyle Goodwin and the EFF attorney firm is fighting in order to get the data back from the Megaupload servers that were seized. The 1000 servers that were owned by Carpathia Hosting are being held in storage by QTS Realty Trust, which bought Carpathia back in 2015.

In an e-mail to ArsTechnica, EFF attorney Mitch Stoltz wrote the following:

“We’re disappointed that the appeals court refused to step in to get this case moving. Kyle Goodwin and many others have been waiting five years to get their data back, and soon it might be un-recoverable. We will continue asking the district court to act on Mr. Goodwin’s request.”

While Megaupload.com, Megavideo.com, Megapix.com, Megalive.com, and Megabox.com websites being closed… we’re just wondering who’s behind Mega.nz , another cloud storage service that gives 50 GB storageĀ  space for free users.

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