Update: According to Ira Rothken, former MegaUpload users who uploaded legal content are safe for another two weeks. However, the hosting companies like Carpathia also said that they would not be able to return data to users. As they wrote in a statement, “Carpathia Hosting does not have, and has never had, access to the content on MegaUpload servers and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to MegaUpload’s customers…We would recommend that anyone who believes that they have content on MegaUpload servers contact MegaUpload. Please do not contact Carpathia Hosting.”
Following up on previous reports concerning MegaUpload’s legal status, the Associated Press confirmed that all of the file-sharing service’s data—whether legal or illegal—could be erased as soon as this Thursday, Feb. 2. Megaupload’s assets were recently frozen, so the company has not been able to pay its hosting services.
Nearly 50 million people use MegaUpload’s services (some of them even legally!), so the company’s attorney Ira Rothken hopes that MegaUpload and the U.S. federal officials can work out a mutually beneficial deal in the coming days. He stated, “We’re cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done.”