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EFF Files Brief To Allow Users Access To Their MegaUpload Files 60

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-your-back-ups dept.
Fluffeh writes "The EFF has filed a brief in Federal Court on behalf of Kyle Goodwin (and potentially millions of other users) so that he can access his legally sound backup files. 'Goodwin is a local high school sports reporter and the sole proprietor of the company OhioSportsNet, who stored his video footage on Megaupload.com as a backup to his video library on his hard drive. He had paid €79.99 (about $107) for a two-year premium membership. Just days before the government seized the site, Goodwin's hard drive crashed. The brief states that his lost videos include footage to make highlight reels for parents to send to their children's prospective colleges, and an unfinished full-length documentary about the Strongsville girls soccer team's season.' According to the EFF, authorities told Carpathia (the hosting company that MegaUpload was using to host their content to the tune of $9,000 a day) that after it was done examining the servers and had copied portions of the data, the hosting company could delete the files and re-purpose its servers. Carpathia noted in a statement last week that it would like to allow Megaupload users to recover their data, but has struggled to find a way to do so."
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EFF Files Brief To Allow Users Access To Their MegaUpload Files

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 01, 2012 @05:18PM (#39543371)

    "It is important to note that Megaupload clearly warned users to keep copies of any files they uploaded.

    If have to keep your own copies, what's the point in paying for this service in the first place?!

    Again, the whole "cloud" concept is just worthless.

    And I don't see why other businesses with an entirely different service offering should help.

    Because it damages their reputations too. People will attribute the same failings to them - just like I do.

    Cloud computing == risky, not secure, and no substitute whatsoever for just getting your own back up system and the authorities can delete your data on a whim because someone else is uploading pirated stuff to the servers.

  • by Gerzel (240421) <brollyferret&gmail,com> on Sunday April 01, 2012 @06:05PM (#39543717) Journal

    Because MegaUpload isn't a backup site. There ARE sites and services for backup purposes and their contracts DO include provisions for access and loss of data.

    Cloud isn't worthless, just over-hyped.

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