All the fire and brimstone rhetoric following the MegaUpload shutdown makes it seem like there was no legitimate use for the site. Despite that image, thousands of users were using MegaUpload to store and share their own files, which have now been lost. In response, Pirate Parties in several countries are putting together a list of affected users in preparation for a lawsuit against the FBI.
When MegaUpload vanished, users lost access to their peronal files without any chance to retrieve them. “The widespread damage caused by the sudden closure of Megaupload is unjustified and completely disproportionate to the aim intended,” the Pirates of Catalonia said in a statement. Along with Pirate Parties International, potential breaches of US law are being explored for use in the case.
Of course, MegaUpload was a shady business by all accounts, and users should not have left anything irreplaceable on its servers. This does bring up the question of what a company’s responsibility is when you store your files. If they lose it, should you be compensated?