April 14, 2012- The data held by the website Megaupload is roughly the size of half of what is in the Library of Congress. No one is sure what has to be done with it. Millions and millions of digital files on the website went dark when Megaupload was seized by the federal government. The seizure included its assets. It charges the founders of the site of running a criminal organization that was designed to make it easier to illegally share intellectual property including music, TV shows and movies that were copyright protected.
Friday there was a hearing at the U.S. District Court in Virginia to determine what should happen to the data. Five parties, including the Motion Picture Association and the federal government gave their views on what they felt should happen to the content. The presiding Judge ordered that all parties had to negotiate during the next two weeks to come to a solution that all parties are acceptable with.
The data totals at this point over 25 million gigabytes and is in a climate-controlled warehouse in two servers under safekeeping in Virginia. The company that originally leased the two servers has asked the court what they should do with them.
Because their assets were seized, Megaupload is not paying for the upkeep of the servers, so the rental company is paying to have them stored and getting nothing back in return. The government says that the majority of the data located on the servers is pirated content was received illegally and the people who have stored information with Megaupload should not have access to the servers.