Carpathia Hosting’s parent company QTS is asking the federal court to allow the deletion of destroying all data that once belonged to now-defunct file sharing service Megaupload.
Owned by Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, Megaupload was raided in early 2012 by the United States government. 1,103 servers at Carpathia’s facility were seized, and until now, it is not known if users will be able to retrieve their files.
Early this year, Carpathia was acquired by QTS, which now owns the assets of the colocation, cloud and managed services provider, including the servers. QTS submitted the motion at a federal court in Virginia this week.
The court urged Carpathia to preserve the servers for evidence, but the hosting company said that it was costing them a lot of money: they estimated that they needed to pay $9,000 daily to store the hardware. Now, it is costing them $5,760 a month because the servers are now at a storage facility.
“As the successor-in-interest to Carpathia, QTS now requests judicial relief from the physical and financial burden of storing and maintaining the 1,103 computer servers at issue,” wrote QTS lawyers. “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.”
Kim Dotcom, who said that the remaining Megaupload servers should be preserved, expressed his disappointment, saying: “Obviously we will try to keep the data safe. Not only because it contains important evidence but also because we want to return the digital property to millions of Megaupload users.”
Dotcom added that the Department of Justice allowed the deletion of Megaupload servers in Europe, and they will try to stop this from happening in the United States.