This article originally appeared at The WHIR
Carpathia Hosting’s parent company QTS has asked for a federal court’s permission to destroy all data on the servers that once belonged to Megaupload, the now defunct file-sharing service founded by Kim Dotcom.
Data center provider QTS, which operates as a Real Estate Investment Trust, acquired Carpathia for $326 million in May.
The US government seized more than 1,000 servers belonging to Megaupload at a Carpathia data center in 2012. The court urged the hosting company to preserve the evidence, and at one time Carpathia estimated it was costing the company $9,000 per day to store the hardware. It is now costing it $5,760 per month since the servers have been moved to a storage facility, according to a report by TorrentFreak.
QTS filed the motion in a Virginia federal court earlier this month, arguing that it shouldn’t have to preserve the servers.
“As the servers have not been used for the purposes of any litigation since the filing of Carpathia’s Motion for Protective Order on March 20, 2012, QTS seeks an Order from the Court allowing for disposition of the servers and data,” QTS said.
Megaupload lawyer Ira Rothken plans to submit an opposition brief that will require the US to preserve the Megaupload data. Megaupload founder Dotcom hopes that its users will one day be able to retrieve their files.
EFF is helping at least one Megaupload user pursue legal action to get his files back. Kyle Goodwin, a sports reporter, used Megaupload to store work files. With the help of the EFF he has filed at least six requests asking the court to find a solution that gives him back his files.