Dotcom condemns 'data massacre'

2013-06-20 16:06

(Michael Bradley, AFP)

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Wellington – Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Thursday condemned a Dutch company's decision to delete millions of files uploaded by users of his defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

LeaseWeb BV said it could not store indefinitely the files on its servers formerly rented by Megaupload, pending the outcome of the case against Dotcom for alleged internet copyright infringement.

Dotcom called the decision to delete the files "the largest data massacre in the history of the internet".

"This is a sad day for the internet," he said on Twitter. "I'm so very sorry that Megaupload user data in Europe is now irreversibly lost. I'm in tears."

US authorities shut down the Megaupload website, widely used for sharing film and music files, in January 2012, and asked police in New Zealand, where German-born Dotcom has residency, to arrest him.

Dotcom and co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk are now on bail awaiting a hearing on their extradition to the United States.

Dotcom said the LeaseWeb servers had contained his own personal files on Megaupload, which would have provided crucial evidence for his defence against the US charges.

He said on Twitter that he was "looking for a Dutch law firm to evaluate potential legal claims against LeaseWeb on behalf of Megaupload and our users".

LeaseWeb said it could not continue to hold the files without payment.

"After a year of nobody showing any interest in the servers and data we considered our options," LeaseWeb's senior regulatory counsel Alex de Joode said.

"We did inform Megaupload about our decision to re-provision the servers".



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