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

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 vlm ( 69642 ) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @04:34PM (#39543099)

    OK so we're seeing stories about cloud being a failure. Fine. In the endless wheel of IT repetition, what old idea will come around again, to replace cloud as meaningless PR term of the year...

    I'd like to vote for "statistical mux". I have no idea why it would be useful, but it sounds cool, which is all thats really needed.

    I also liked "source route bridging" the last time around, so maybe we could try that... over wireless? Or add a i- as a prefix? i-source route bridging?

    Hmm another old IT idea that I liked was cheap computers that hook up to TVs and boot directly into basic in about one second. maybe with the raspberry pi?

  • by folderol ( 1965326 ) on Sunday April 01, 2012 @04:50PM (#39543183) Homepage
    I'd say you're right on the button there. BTW what's that big black thing hovering above your house?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 01, 2012 @04:56PM (#39543215)

    I wonder how many seconds regular users will have to wait when downloading their files for the last time

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