Much to the chagrin of Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz and the prosecutors who are working to convict him, Carpathia, MegaUpload’s Virginia based webhost, says it will delete the 25 petabytes of MegaUpload data it is still hosting unless someone pays the hosting bill.
Currently, the former digital storage locker’s servers are frozen to preserve data for litigation, but MegaUpload has been unable to pay them to keep these servers in stasis as the company’s assets are frozen.
According to Carpathia, keeping MegaUpload’s data in preservation is costing $9,000. In order to try and mitigate losses, Carpathia has filed with the court to seek permission to delete the data and repurpose the servers, or sell them outright to MegaUpload.
Brian Winter, Chief Marketing Officer of Carpathia Hosting, said in a statement: “While Carpathia has never had access to the data on Megaupload servers and has had no mechanism for returning that data to Megaupload users, we have been attempting over many weeks to resolve this matter to the satisfaction of all parties involved, in a manner that would allow for Megaupload users to be in a position to ultimately recover their data.”
According to Wired, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is requesting that Carpathia retain the data as the MPAA may wish to sue MegaUpload in the future for copyright infringement.
Howard Gantman, an MPAA executive, told Wired that the MPAA and studios are not planning on suing individual infringing MegaUpload users, but are considering suing MegaUpload or other “entities involved”.
“The reason we did that filing [was] that there is a possibility that litigation might be pursued against MegaIpload or various intermediaries involved in MegaUpload’s operation. We’re not talking about individual users,” Mr. Gantman said to Wired. “If there’s evidence of frequent infringers, high volume infringers, who are able to continue that operation despite knowledge by MegaUpload, that could point to evidence that was involved in this infringing campaign.”
Carpathia has asked for a court hearing in April to try and resolve this matter, according to court documents.