Saying there was copyright infringement taking place on Megaupload is like saying people trade music on the Internet. No electronic based media is immune. But generally, such electronic media is often, if not largely, used for legitimate means. Megaupload.com and other digital locker sites are often used for documents, personal media, and so on. Just ask former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin, who lost everything digital thanks to the site’s shutdown.
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is stepping in this coming Friday in an attempt to remedy the issue. At issue is whether the court should consider a means for innocent users to retrieve their personal data that doesn’t conflict with the goal of the government’s copyright infringement investigation.
“…in addition to the alleged illegal activity by some Megaupload users, many innocent customers used the service to store legal material. The government has failed to help Goodwin and other lawful Megaupload users get access to their data, despite months of legal wrangling. In Friday’s hearing, EFF and Sofaer will ask the court to establish a procedure by which innocent users will be able to reclaim their property, as is routinely required in the seizure of non-digital items.”
It’s a long shot, and the US government might object to the process, but it seems rather obtuse that many should suffer because of the alleged activities of a few.
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