Megaupload could return, says Motion Picture Association of America

Published Apr 3 2012, 18:32 BST  |  By

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Megaupload could be relaunched if the issue surrounding its stored data is not resolved, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has warned.

The MPAA, a key long-time opponent of the file-sharing service, expressed fears that the infringing content hosted on the locker service could return to circulation if Megaupload's servers change hands.

"A sale or transfer of the servers to Megaupload (or any of the defendants) would raise a significant risk that Megaupload will simply ship the servers, hard drives or other equipment - and all of the infringing content they contain - to a foreign jurisdiction and relaunch the infringing Megaupload service, which would result in untold further infringements of the MPAA members' copyrighted works," the organisation said in a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter.

Megaupload's server host Carpathia has called for an emergency motion to resolve the issue of $9,000 (£5,700) a day in unpaid hosting fees. The MPAA initially requested that the leftover data be retained as evidence against the service's founders.

Megaupload was shut down on January 19 by US authorities, who claim that co-founder Kim Dotcom and six of his associates have made more than $170 million (£107m) in illegitimate gains through the service since 2005.

According to Torrent Freak, the MPAA is planning legal action against similar websites Fileserve, MediaFire, Wupload, Putlocker and Depositfiles in a bid to remove them from the web.