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Carpathia asks for help over Megaupload data

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The hosting company holding data posted on closed-down file-sharing site Megaupload has asked for help in managing the massive load of leftover content.

Carpathia has filed a motion in a federal court asking what it should do with the data left behind on 'Mega Servers' after Megaupload was closed down by US authorities in January.

The US firm has said that maintenance of the 25 petabytes of data - enough capacity to store 13.3 years worth of high-definition TV - is costing it $9,000 (£5,700) a day.

It said that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has requested Carpathia to preserve the data "in order to facilitate potential civil claims against Mega and the other Defendants".

However, the court filing added: "Requiring a third-party like Carpathia to bear the costs of preservation of 25 petabytes - a historically and mind-bogglingly large amount of data - is unduly burdensome."

Carpathia wants the court to either request another party to take control of the Mega servers, or arrange for compensation for Carpathia for the costs and lost business of maintaining the servers.

Since Megaupload was closed down on January 20, Carpathia has spent around $567,000 maintaining the data, even though Megaupload is no longer paying the bills.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and his senior managers were arrested in the raids, and are currently fighting charges of mass copyright infringement and racketeering.

Carpathia, which signed a deal to maintain the Mega Servers with Megaupload when it was active, said that it has tried to negotiate ways to return data to Megaupload users, but these talks have stalled.

Brian Winter, the 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.

"Despite our best efforts, the parties have been unable to work out a voluntary solution that meets the concerns of all the various parties who have claimed an interest in Megaupload's data. As a result, Carpathia has filed a motion in federal court seeking the court's guidance on how to proceed in resolving this matter."

Carpathia suggested one solution as being the temporary restoration of the Megaupload site to enable users to retrieve their data, but this would most likely face major opposition from US authorities.

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