One of the Internet’s widely used and major known file-sharing sites, MegaUpload.com, that was shut by the federal officials on January 19, will now be facing major problems. It is know from the documents of the court that over 50 million user data will be deleted from the site’s servers on Thursday.
In addition to the shut down of the site, the founder, Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) and other executives working for MegaUpload Limited were arrested in New Zealand. The 72-page indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), charges MegaUpload.com with conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, and money laundering, among other charges connected with illegal use of copyrighted materials.
Now that the site owners are in major trouble, the court is further trying to impose more problems to the company. It is planning to delete all the user data, including legitimate and non-copyright-infringing files from MegaUpload’s leased servers. The site has over 50 million users and all of their data will be wiped out, according to court documents.
“It is our understanding that the hosting companies may begin deleting the contents of the servers as early as February 2, 2012,” the document indicates.
Federal authorities took over the site and the domain earlier in January, and have charged a hefty fine of $500 million to the company and its seven employees who were arrested.
MegaUpload said they are working with federal prosecutors to try to stop user files from being erased. “We’re cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as MegaUpload, should have a common desire to protect consumers,” Ira Rothken, counsel for MegaUpload, told the AP.