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DOJ files motion to block return of data to MegaUpload user

By Leeky
Jun 12, 2012
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  1. The innocent users of Megaupload who lost their data, personal files and documents as a result of the US Government's action against the file-sharing service in January remain unable to...

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  2. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    What does this ruling mean to all of the cloud services? You can lose ALL of your cloud data on the whim of a government prosecutor without any trial or due process, no matter how much "redundancy" the cloud provider has.
  3. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    No one has lost data yet. If the cloud provider is knowingly engaging in illegal activities on the scale Megaupload was, then you're asking for trouble if you rely on their services. Especially for your "business."
  4. Cloud seem very good but as you can see it has its major drawback. I would not trust any cloud service out there to keep my precious files, you have no control and at any time the company can close its door and bye bye. Or worst, like in this case, the company could do something illegal and then your files are taken hostage and you will probably never get it back. As the attorney say, you can sue Megaupload, only problem is how can you sue a company that is in court and that will probably close. Your familly pictures are worth millions for you but for the court it is just a picture with no real value. With the price of hard disk just buy one and keep a copy of your file at home, and a second copy on a cloud somewhere to share with friends. If you dont have a second copy of your files then you are playing with fire.​
  5. What do you mean noone has lost any data? It's been months that people have not had access to their files, that's pretty lost if you ask me. Not to mention that the ruling on deleting the data could change at any time.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,068   +704

    The justice department isn't in the habit of releasing possible evidence, and if they start, they'll have to a million files to sort through to figure it out for every 'innocent' user.

    "Interestingly, the MPAA said at the end of last week that it was happy for the data of innocent users to be returned to their rightful owners, as long as copyrighted material was not released as part of that process." Why is that interesting? Because we prefer to think of the MPAA as evil?

    @Guest - You're right... you could lose your stuff at any time. But the phrase 'Don't put all your eggs in one basket' has been around for a long time. This isn't a new problem. if you care that much about your stuff you should have two separate copies.
  7. Every cloud based service is storing illegally copied files from users which are shared by millions. Skydrive, Dropbox, iCloud and every other cloud based storage allows you to share your files with your friends. I don't see any difference here.
  8. "Instead, Goodwin has been told he should sue Megaupload, or its hosting providers for breach of contracts to recover his loses."

    I have to agree with this.
  9. ^I don't agree with the typo, unfortunately. :)
  10. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    So the government takes down the site, effectively putting the cloud storage company out of business, and the bystanders who lose their cloud-stored files should sue Megaupload for a breach of contract over which they had no control? And to you that sounds fair?

    Good lord.
  11. shamus087

    shamus087 TS Rookie Posts: 27


    Thank you sir for confirming I'm not alone.
     
  12. If the govt. (like any private person) takes property from someone with the intention not to return, then this is theft. In this case, the property is the user's binary data held on a server. If the US gvt. determines this is not personal property or this is not theft then THEIR WHOLE ARGUMENT for taking down the servers in the first place falls flat on it's face.

    Unfortunately, it is only the big corporations that are in the financial position to sue the govt. Sheeple must comply.
  13. Mantrhax

    Mantrhax TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Cloud computing is a disaster with a clock
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,977   +1,487

    To me the definition of cloud computing is incomplete. When I envision cloud computing, I see multitudes of servers linked together across the globe as one single cloud.

    The only way I will ever except the concept of cloud computing, is if my data stays available regardless of how many servers are taken down. As long as users data can be block by taking down one server, it will remain my belief that cloud computing will be a failure.
  15. if you have read the case and all of the articles since the seizure, you'll realize that the case hasn't come to trial and they haven't been proven to have done anything. that's the problem here, you don't have to do anything to lose everything. cloud computing my ***.
  16. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    As the guest above stated, it hasnt gone to trial yet. So ANYONE trying to get their info will be blocked untill they can comb through the data and weed out the personal data from the copyrighted data. I feel for the ppl who have personal data and work product stuck in limbo, and its not their fault that the leadership of Mega was a bunch of crooks. Problem with cloud is simple. You are trusting that the company you choose to go with isnt doing anything illegal that would cause the data to be lost.
  17. "Cloud computing is a disaster with a clock"
    That is so true.


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