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Megaupload case user asks to the secret documents of the raid to defend their rights

Megaupload case user asks to the secret documents of the raid to defend their rights

Kyle Goodwin is one of hundreds of innocent users that lost part of their professional material uploaded to after the raid on their servers. A case with the EFF tries to get the U.S. Court provides light to the grounds on which was based the country’s government to seize indefinitely the hosted data. According to the EFF, without them it is impossible that both Goodwin and the other users to defend their Fourth Amendment rights.

Goodwin is a professional camera and has been chosen by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as representative of other innocent users in the case against Megaupload. What is asked a federal judge in Virginia is the opening of the records and documents related to the raid in January in Megaupload servers.

The reason is clear. Without them, both the camera and the other users who lodged legitimate data and documents can not present any cases to defend their property. Not only that, the EFF argues that the public and citizens have the right to know how the raid took place against the platform and its servers.

And is that today we know that the closure of Megaupload was motivated by the belief that it was a haven for infringement of copyright. An argument in the case of invalid Goodwin. Man like other users did not use Megaupload for “piracy”. He used the platform as a means to perform backups of your videos as part of their work. A Goodwin broke the hard drive just before the government raided the platform servers. As a result, today confiscated servers contain the only remaining copy of most of his works, almost all of great economic value because it is their livelihood.

Today, more than nine months after the raid, the case has been turned upside down and focused on New Zealand and the figure of its founder Kim Dotcom. Still, seized servers are still in limbo and difficult to solve under a gag that very few understand. The U.S. government itself has stated that the courts have completed all searches work but still nothing happens.

The EFF argues that Goodwin needs information about how the government carried out the attack in order to make use of their rights in the event that keeps the government for violation of the Fourth Amendment. In addition, the civil liberties group argues that the public and the public should know and understand the reasons that led the government to implement these warrants in the cloud servers containing data of third parties, innocent owners. According to the EFF:

Documents relating to specific legal actions that the government has already undertaken, and the reactions of the courts to such actions, and will provide an important perspective on this issue currently absent.

A case of intractable. Today we know that the raid itself was conducted in Dotcom’s mansion, parallel action to raid Megaupload servers in Virginia, have been declared illegal in New Zealand . The reason is that the entrance to the house of Dotcom was based on illegal search warrants in the country. However, opening the secret documents that led to the incursion in Virginia could mean a new public scrutiny of the government’s tactics to overthrow the rule of Dotcom.

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