An Ohio man is asking a federal judge to preserve data of the 66.6 million users of Megaupload, the file-sharing service that was shuttered in January following federal criminal copyright-infringement indictments that targeted its operators.
Represented by civil rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, Kyle Goodwin wants U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady, the judge overseeing the Megaupload prosecution, to order the preservation of the 25 petabytes of data the authorities seized in January. Goodwin, the operator of OhioSportsNet, which films and streams high school sports, wants to access his copyrighted footage that he stored on the file-sharing network. His hard drive crashed days before the government shuttered the site Jan. 19.
“What is clear is that Mr. Goodwin, the rightful owner of the data he stored on Megaupload, has been denied access to his property. It is also clear that this court has equitable power to fashion a remedy to make Mr. Goodwin — an innocent third party — whole again,” the group wrote the judge in a Friday legal filing.
The legal filing, the first representing a Megaupload customer, follows a similar move by the Motion Picture Association of America, whose desire to save the data is very different from Goodwin’s. Last week, it asked Carpathia, Megaupload’s Virginia-based server host, to retain the Megaupload data, which includes account information for Megaupload’s millions of users. The MPAA said it wants that data preserved because it might sue Megaupload and other companies for allegedly contributing to copyright infringement.