The judge from a Virginia District Court has now decided to hold a hearing, according to internet activists from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). EFF attorney Julie Samuels spoke of a long overdue move. However, there is not yet an appointment for the hearing.
Because Megaupload also stored numerous copyrighted films and music titles, the US authorities blocked access in January. At the same time police searched the property of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) in New Zealand and arrested the entrepreneur from Germany. Dotcom was released after four weeks under strict conditions. The New Zealand judiciary has adjourned the hearing on US extradition to next year. The US authorities accuse Dotcom of massive copyright infringement.
Meanwhile, the Megaupload data are stored on more than 1, 000 servers of the internet company Carpathia Hosting, without the users of the filehosters being able to access them. One of them, US businessman Kyle Goodwin, has applied with EFF support to gain access to private videos he has stored with Megaupload. Judge Liam O'Grady then ordered all parties involved - including Megaupload, Carpathia, the Government and the Association of the Film Industry (MPAA) - to regulate the rights of legitimate users. But this has so far led to no result. (Dpa / sh)