We all most likely know by now of the FBI take down of Megaupload not to long ago. If not then read about it below:
Anyway, the whole thing is part of an on going case against 7 people arrested including the owner and founder. They paid Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc to host all of the data but since the take down they have not received payment to continue hosting the data.
So what does this mean? Well, to host the enormous amount of data of Megaupload costs A LOT of money and without that, they have to erase everything. And that may happen as soon as Thursday February 2nd.
What does this mean for the FBI and the charges against the owner of Megaupload and its 6 other employees arrested and their case against them? What about the some odd 50 million users that used the services most of which used it legally?
No one knows. The data is kinda the evidence needed to prosecute the 7 individuals but with out it there isnt much of a case right? What about the lawsuit against the FBI by people who lost legit data and were affected by it like business owners? That may only further their claims against the FBI. And if the hosting companies are forced to delete the data due to the cost, will they be charged with destroying evidence? A lot of questions here.
I think this just shows the poor planning and consideration and forethought of the FBI in taking down and arresting people in other countries.
There are even rumors going around as to the real reason Megaupload was shut down. Pressure from the Music Industry to the government. Supposedly Megaupload had made a service called "MegaBox" that would become the new competitor to major online music sellers because they planned on selling music where 90% of the profits would of gone to the artist. Far more then any other service out there.
So what do you guys think about all this? Leave a comment below.
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