If you were a user of Megaupload’s services before they were shutdown by their copyright infringement lawsuit, you may be the subject of some controversy in the coming weeks. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is requesting that Carpathia, Megaupload’s server host, reveal the information they retained about the services’ customers.
If you were a user and are having anxiety about the case you can rest easy, as Howard Gantman, Vice President of the MPAA, says they won’t be filing lawsuits against individuals. He clarified that they are interested in investigating intermediaries and others who may have partnered with Megaupload.
In an interview with Wired.Com Gantman explained his reasons for the request:
“The reason we did that filing [was] that there is a possibility that litigation might be pursued against Megaupload or various intermediaries involved in Megaupload’s operation. We’re not talking about individual users,”
“If there’s evidence of a frequent infringers, high volume infringers, who are able to continue that operation despite knowledge by Megaupload, that could point to evidence that was involved in this infringing campaign,”
So the case against Megaupload continues, but typical users of the service have nothing to fear. According to the lawsuit, harm to copyright holders is in excess of $500 million. I can’t wait to see what happens with this one. I doubt Megaupload has the resources to repay any of these damages.