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Feds say users will likely never get Megaupload files back

Published Nov 1st, 2012 8:35AM EDT
Megaupload Data Recovery

Notorious file-sharing service Megaupload was shuttered last year as part of a multinational sting that did nothing to curtail illegal file-sharing and everything to place Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom in the limelight. While the flamboyant founder has vowed that the service will return in one form or another, federal prosecutors say that regardless of what new services pop up, users will almost certainly never get their Megaupload files back. Are the Feds right? Unfortunately, the Electronic Frontier Foundation seems to think so. “It’s almost an insurmountable hurdle for any individual or small business,” EFF attorney Julie Samuels told Wired in an interview. While Megaupload was indeed a massive hub for illegal file-sharing, a number of individuals and small businesses used the service to store data legally.

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