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Megaupload data safe for "at least two more weeks"

Hosting firm that stored data says US authorities have never provided it with a deletion date

Data stored on Megaupload.com will not be deleted for "at least two more weeks".

Ira Rothken, lawyer for the file-sharing service, told TorrentFreak that talks with a number of parties involved resulted in an extension to the data deletion date.

Yesterday it was revealed that a letter filed by the US attorney's office in court last week, told the third-party firms that stored files on behalf of Megaupload.com including Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications Group, they could begin deleting files on February 2 as the US authorities have copied some but not all of the data as evidence in their case against the file-sharing sites founders.

Megaupload.com was shut down by US authorities for copyright infringement earlier this month after seven employees Limited, including the file-sharing sites' founders; Kim Dotcom, who has previously been known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, and Mathias Ortmann, were arrested and charged. The US Justice Department claims Megaupload.com has cost copyright holders $500m through illegal file-sharing and had generated $175m in illegal profits.

The website allowed users to post files to the firm's servers. They would then be given a link to the content, which included music, videos and pornography, could be distributed and allow other web users to access the files. Megaupload did not allow web users to search for content and instead relied on those that uploaded the files sharing the link themselves.

However, Carpathia Hosting, on of the third-party firms mentioned in the letter, said it had not been given a deletion date by US authorities.

"The reference to the February 2, 2012 date in the Department of Justice letter for the deletion of content is not based on any information provided by Carpathia to the US Government," the firm said in a statement.

"Carpathia Hosting does not have and has never had, access to the content on Megaupload servers and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to Megaupload's customers."

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