EFF Launches ‘MegaRetrieval’ Site for Megaupload Users

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With just two weeks before everything stored on Megaupload potentially gets deleted, help is at hand for those who can’t access legitimate, legal files stored in the now-frozen cloud service. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed with Carpathia Hosting to create MegaRetrieval, a site users can use to investigate their options for retrieving files from Megaupload.

Julie Samuela, Staff Attorney at the EFF explained that her organization was “troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken from them without warning, and that the government has taken no steps to help them,” adding, “It’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”

The MegaRetrieval site is currently inviting Megaupload users to contact the EFF with their experiences. The aim is to provide legal assistance for the most needy cases. As the site explains, however, “EFF is a small donor-supported nonprofit and does not charge for its legal services. It may not be able to represent everyone who inquires.”

(MORE: Megaupload: User Data Has Two Weeks to Live)

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