Friday, February 3, 2012

Nonprofit Helps Megaupload Users

Users of the file-sharing site Megaupload feared their data could be in danger when U.S. prosecutors shut the site down last month.  But thanks to one nonprofit, users will be able to safely retrieve their files.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that the San Francisco, Ca.-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit technology foundation dedicated to defending peoples' digital rights, announced that it was teaming up with Carpathia Hosting, a data-storage provider, to create a new website that will allow Megaupload users to get their data.

Megaupload was shut down last month when seven men were arrested (including three Megaupload executives).  Prosecutors charged the men with racketeering, and claimed the file-sharing website facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music, and other content.  The arrests were made at a $30 million mansion in Auckland, New Zealand.  Carpathia and another storage company were to begin deleting content yesterday before EFF's eleventh hour intervention.

You can read more about the story in The San Francisco Chronicle.

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