Yesterday the US prosecutors responsible for processing the founder of Megaupload in the US said in a letter that the hosting companies site could already delete the files if they wanted, from February 2. This was because the warrant of search used by the promoters had expired, so would be at the discretion of the company, Cogent and Carpathia, decide what to do with the data. Apparently they reached an agreement and should not delete the data as soon.
Ira Rothken, the lawyer responsible for defending Megaupload in the US, said he would try to talk to the companies to reach an agreement, since he believes that the data from the servers should be kept to be used as evidence in the trial. He managed to make the agreed companies to keep the files intact for at least two weeks, according to his profile on Twitter.
CARPATHIA AND COGENT AGREED TO PRESERVE CONSUMER DATA FOR ADDITIONAL TIME OF AT LEAST TWO WEEKS SO #MEGAUPLOADCAN WORK WITH US ON PROPOSAL
– IRA ROTHKEN (@ROTHKEN) JANUARY 30, 2012
Rothken is a lawyer known for defending causes related to technology in the US. A search on his profile will show that the lawyer has investigated cases like CarrierIQ, data leakage of the Sony PSN servers and even antennagate of Apple with the iPhone 4.Since 2007 he fights against what he calls “copyright extremism” on American soil.
So it may be that Megaupload has chosen the right guy to lead his defense. We will continue closely watching the unfolding of this story and any previous bad that it appeared.
Update at 12:15 | The EFF, Electronic Frontier Foundation , also made an agreement with Carpathia. Although much of the data sent to the site were illegitimate, the foundation knows that users used the site for files that were not illegal or not infringed copyright. So she will try to help, legally, these users to recover their files through the sitemegaretrieval.com. But only applies to American citizens.