LeaseWeb Deletes Megaupload's Servers Without Warning, Destroying Key Evidence

from the yikes dept

Last year, we found it absolutely bizarre that the DOJ would seize all of Megaupload's servers, and then, just weeks later, tell its hosting partners that they could wipe those servers clean. Considering that the servers held key evidence that might exonerate the defendants in a criminal trial, it seemed insane that the DOJ was advocating for the destruction of evidence. A judge later told hosting company Carpathia that it needed to preserve the data, rather than delete it. Carpathia was annoyed at the expense, and Megaupload asked the government to free funds for the purpose of keeping the data maintained.

However, now it appears that another hosting partner of Megaupload, LeaseWeb, has wiped Megaupload's servers clean, destroying all of the evidence, without any warning. Kim Dotcom has pointed out that his lawyers had repeatedly asked LeaseWeb not to destroy the evidence, so they were clearly on notice that they held key evidence in a criminal lawsuit, but they chose to destroy it anyway.

Even though the DOJ both supported this destruction of evidence and refused to release the funds to maintain it, it really seems like this could come back to bite the DOJ badly, because Dotcom and the other defendants can now point to the fact that the DOJ allowed for the destruction of key evidence that might prove their innocence. What a bizarre move by the DOJ.


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    out_of_the_blue, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:13am

    Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    In any case, you can't rely on "dog ate my homework".

    But so long as keeps Mike's hope alive that Dotcom won't be prosecuted for OBVIOUS crimes, it makes Techdirt fare.

    If Dotcom is so darned eager to prove his innocence, he can hop on a plane for the US and get it over with.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:16am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    You mean "fair", right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:17am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Losing the extradition trial would be a huge blow to the US case even if he DID come here.

    Secondly, it doesnt matter, due process, following the law properly requires that evidence NOT be destroyed. Innocent people have gone to jail because they thought if they destroyed things they thought were evidence they wouldn't be found guilty.

    Evidence was in DOJs hands and now it's destroyed.

    You can't have a trial based on that kind of thing.

     

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    jackn, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:17am

    You're correct, the DOJ probably wont get away with the dog at my homework.

    Actually, dotcom will come out of this pretty well. Ill bet he get a few million for the US gov before this is over.

    Generally, its up to the gov to prove guilt. They aint doing so well in that regard.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:17am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    "If Dotcom is so darned eager to prove his innocence"

    He doesn't have to. The DOJ needs to prove his guilt.

    Failed basic civics, did you?

     

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    jackn, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:18am

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    from the gov (not for)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:18am

    Were the DOJ thinking that they would never get Kim to trial, and so they set out to do as much damage as possible to Megaupload. Letting the servers be wiped certainly makes restarting the business more difficult and discourages use of similar services for legal content distribution.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:19am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    A judge may very well find in Kim's favor because of the destruction of evidence. The dog may be presumed innocent, the government wouldn't be granted that same leeway.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:22am

    I might need some more details but this is from Leaseweb's TOS:

    "
    25.2 Upon expiration or termination of the Agreement:
    25.2.1 LeaseWeb shall cease to provide all Services;
    25.2.2 LeaseWeb shall be entitled to erase and delete any and all data of Customer -and any
    and all data of Customer’s End Users- from LeaseWeb’s Infrastructure, including from
    the Dedicated Infrastructure;
    "

    http://www.leaseweb.us/uploads/legal/20130521_USA_General_Terms_v2013-1_1.pdf

    I'm wondering if the lack of funds caused them to delete the data.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:25am

    DOJ's response

    Shake magic 8-ball to figure out which response to use:

    1) Those files needed to be deleted for national security.
    2) There was nothing important on those servers.
    3) They had nothing to do with this case and no evidence was harmed.
    4) We didn't do it. LeaseWeb did.

    Course then follow that up with the classic:
    You need to trust us cause we're the DOJ. Just extradite Dotcom already so we can hold our kangaroo court.


    I'm still putting my bet on more charges magically showing up if he is extradited to the US.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:25am

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    Which can, funnily enough, also be laid at the feet of the DoJ. This is hilarious to watch, from a "comedy of errors" point of view.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:25am

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    I see what you did there.

     

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    Lord_Unseen, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:27am

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    It doesn't really matter what it says in the TOS. It was evidence in a criminal case. I wouldn't be surprised if the court orders some kind of penalty against them for destruction of evidence.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:29am

    It is only a bizarre move if the point was actually to try DotCom for some sort of actual crime, which it was not. This case was, pure and simple, about keeping DotCom tied up in legal proceeding in yet another attempt by the entertainment industry to try to limit/prevent serious competition. With the destruction of the data, even if he wins, potential clients are going to be quite leery of using any service he provides for fear of something like this happening again.

    At the end of the day, it's the consumers and content creators who are going to lose out, just as the entertainment industry wanted all along.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:32am

    Re: DOJ's response

    Holder waves his hand and says...

    "These are not the servers you're looking for"...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:33am

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    TOS would not trump need to preserve evidence the same way your ownership of an apartment would not allow you to clean and rerent it if it were a crime scene.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:33am

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    It would be a pity if they did that, Leaseweb is a business, the government prevented those servers from being paid for. The court should find against the government not leaseweb.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:38am

    From what I understand, in a case where few pieces of data from a hard drive can be retrieved (from someone attempting to destroy it) the less data you can get out of it the more incriminating that out of context data tends to be in courts.

    But that's in cases where the DEFENDANT does something to try to hide/destroy evidence against themselves on the hard drive, not the reverse with the prosecution doing that.

    Are the DOJ dumb enough to think this will be treated the same way as if Kim Dotcom destroyed the evidence?

    It would seem that due to the 1st ten amendments that the evidence the DOJ gathered is now inadmissible in court, which could destroy their whole case if this happens to the rest of the evidence on the other servers. Unless the judge is a real moron who doesn't read the constitution (entirely possible).

     

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    Digger, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:42am

    DOJ Wanted the evidence gone

    Since the evidence proved beyond a shadow of any doubt that Megaupload was innocent of any wrongdoing, the DOJ can't have that embarassing evidence show up - so they ordered it deleted.

    Now the DOJ gets to see what it's like in prison since they tampered with and destroyed evidence in a criminal case, they get to go to prison (the people within the DOJ, no matter how high up, that ordered or okayed the evidence destruction).
    Can't wait to see them in prison orange.

    If they don't serve time, then no one can ever be tried for evidence destruction again.

     

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    Internet Zen Master (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re:

    And as I recall, the only reason that the DOJ was able to identify several infringing files (39ish? Can't remember for certain) and claim "HEY! MegaUpload's hosting infringing content! Send in ze marines!" was because those files were movies that had been submitted by the NinjaVideo group, which the DOJ was using as evidence.

    MU would've deleted the infringing files if the DOJ gave them the go-ahead (they were told all this through Carpathia), because the DOJ said "Don't do this or we'll charge you with tampering of evidence." So they kept them active and untouched, even after the NinjaVideo case ended, waiting for the green light from the DOJ to delete them. Instead, Megaupload gets taken down using those exact same files.

    Go figure.

     

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    SolkeshNaranek (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:47am

    Herd of jackasses

    From the point of view of the DOJ, this is a God send.

    They (DOJ) currently look like a herd of brain dead jackasses with the way they have handled this case.

    Everything they have touched has gone straight down the tubes.

    If they file to dismiss the charges, it will only make them look even worse (if that is possible).

    By having the hosting provider delete possible exculpatory evidence, the entire proceeding is tainted thus warranting a dismissal.

    The case goes away for reasons beyond the control of the DOJ, letting them trumpet to the press how they would have convicted Kim, if not for the loss of evidence.

    This seems to be a big face saving win for the DOJ.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:48am

    First police beating up people for looking at them funny, then massive surveillance of the general public, now casual destruction of evidence that incriminates the government.

    When did we end up in a novel about a dystopian future?

     

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    Internet Zen Master (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:50am

    Forget about Dotcom and the case for a moment

    Think about all the idi-I mean, poor souls who uploaded their child's baby pictures/wedding photos/personal files/etc to MegaUpload without backing them up locally! They just lost all of that because of LeaseWeb.

    ...Actually, hold on for a second.

    Since LeaseWeb's deleted all the content from the servers, does that mean that the data on Carpathia is gone as well?

     

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    name, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:51am

    NSA

    Doesn't the NSA have a backup copy of the Megaupload servers?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:51am

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    Why is it assumed that KDC should be on the hook for maintaing the evidence on the servers?

    Wasn't it "seized" by the DOJ?

    If my car is seized as evidence, how exactly would I be responsible for maintaining the integrity of it, since I don't have possession of it?

    Sounds like a typical fuckup at multiple levels (or par for the course when it comes to the DOJ).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:51am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    You should re-read the article. DOJ destroyed evidence, not Dotcom.

     

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    name, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:53am

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    the DOJ does not have jurisdiction in the Netherlands...

     

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    madjo (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:54am

    Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Haven't you heard? You're now guilty until proven guilty.

     

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    madjo (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Well, it was the hosting partner Leaseweb that deleted the material.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Actually it being a criminal case the prosecution has absolute control of all of the crime scene evidence.. If they allow it to be destroyed they have a major problem since that evidence could of held exculpatory evidence and therefore any inculpatory evidence they also hold BASED on that destroyed evidence they allowed vicariously to be destroyed is now unavailable to be used.. Well thats in a due process situation....this situation is far from due process

     

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    eaving (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:08am

    Prosecute or destroy?

    At this point do we actually think the purpose of things was to prosecute Megaupload, or simply to destroy it? Saying this all ended tomorrow and Dotcom got everything back it would still be a huge process to get Megaupload back on its feet. I definitely think in that circumstance he could, but with his new Mega I am not sure he would bother even now. With them continuing to drag their feet and keeping as much as they can in limbo it look every day more and more like they wish to simply bury something they cannot rightfully legally take down.

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:12am

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    Actually it's better if the court finds against the business since then Leaseweb could (dependent on US qualified immunity rules) counter sue the DOJ. If the DOJ balk and carry on like the idiots they seem to be in this case then that will just show all business's that basically if the DOJ come knocking tell em to politely fuck off unless all warrants and liability structures for third parties at a crime scene are upheld.

    This is a lose-lose for DOJ though LeaseWeb are also culpable too here.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:19am

    the backlash over this is going to be nowhere near as bad as it would have been. there was obviously evidence on the HDDs that would have shown exactly what had happened, when and who was involved. it surely isn't any surprise that the DoJ has gone along with what Leaseweb has done, in fact, they probably were the instigators of having them wiped. just think, now there is nothing to back up the claims of who was behind the whole episode and why it was done, who to please etc etc. and as far as the DoJ being held liable, who actually thinks they give a fuck? they will keep pissing people about until they get fed up and stop trying to get compensation, so will pay out nothing! typical government reaction and attitude, ie, the people dont matter!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:21am

    Is the DOJ really trying to destroy any shred of respect left in that office?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:22am

    what happened to the copies of the HDDs that the DoJ had done and sent to the USA then?

     

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    Kenneth Michaels, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:22am

    The DOJ wants to lose this extradition case

    The DOJ does not want their criminal-law theory to be tested in US court, so they want to lose the extradition case in NZ. That way they can continue to use the wrong theory of criminal law to prosecute other providers.

    The idea from the beginning was to seize Kim's assets to prevent him from defending himself - and he would plea out (again not testing the legal theory in court). Once Kim was able to defend himself, they had to sabotage the case, again to prevent the theory from being tested in court.

     

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    Ruben, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:29am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    If it's so obvious, then why are they delaying the conviction? If it's such a slam dunk, as you insist all instances of rights infringement are, then why are they letting this case languish and (OBVIOUS)evidence be destroyed?

    Don't worry, I'm not expecting an answer(I already know what it is).

     

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    Rich Fiscus (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:37am

    Or maybe it's not a bizarre move at all. Think of it like a poker game. The DOJ thought they had a good hand because the MPAA sock puppets in IP enforcement told them so. Besides the deck is almost always stacked in their favor. Under Federal law there's almost always something to fall back on for leverage (ie plea bargain extortion) like making false statements or computer hacking.

    In this case, though, it turns out the deck isn't stacked the way they thought it was so now they have to actually play the hand they were dealt or fold. Keep playing and there's a good chance they lose. Plus everybody gets to see their cards. Fold and they can keep their cards secret but at the cost of admitting how bad they were. Or they can go with a third option to create a distraction and then throw all the cards on the floor.

    While that may kill their case it also prevents MegaUpload from proving their innocence. The government can continue to make whatever claims they want against MegaUpload because they got off "on a technicality." Instead of proof of government overreach and corporate influence it becomes more proof we need tougher IP laws.

    That's assuming the government can't win based solely on the quasi-religious deference most judges give to statements from law enforcement officials.

     

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    Zos (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:38am

    i dont understand. are these different from the carpathia servers? who is leaseweb, why have we never heard anything about them before?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:40am

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    They got ordered destroyed by the NZ court. So the timing of this is highly convenient...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:44am

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    Since the Patriot Act was implemented.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:48am

    Re: Re:

    Well, if your car was seized by the government, then you stopped making payments and later the cops decided they din't need it- would you be crying about the repo guy picking it up?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:49am

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    Those were Kim Dotcoms private disks, and not Megaupload servrer disks.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:52am

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    Different HD's I believe, those HD's were from Dotcom's house, the article is talking about the servers which contained all the MU data.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:57am

    Re: DOJ's response

    "We can't hear you over the sound of our sovereign immunity.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 9:59am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Let's assume the car was paid for.

    But if the repo man comes, I think it would be funny as all hell watching him try to "steal" it back out of the impound yard.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:01am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    How about I come to your house with 10 million people and you see if you can spot the waldo doing something "illegal"

    The sad part is you know your wrong even as you say it and thats what makes you a troll.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:03am

    The DOJ has so much wonky stuff they are doing, they are starting to sound like Prenda.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    It is worse than that, what I want to know is what school gave him a law degree.

     

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    Vanye (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:09am

    Re: NSA

    No, just yours.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:19am

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    The DOJ has so much wonky stuff they are doing, they are starting to sound like Stazi (or insert other favorite secret police force of other favorite police state).

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:21am

    Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    What you are suggesting would amount to due process.

    OOTB and his paymasters hate due process!

     

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    Bergman (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:26am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    It's not the government's job to get convictions at all costs, especially if they have to frame someone to do it. There is a reason the department is called the Department of JUSTICE.

    When one side or the other in a court case destroys evidence, it's called spoliation of evidence. Doing so weakens the DOJ's case against Dotcom.

    If you're rooting for the government in this, why cheer when they shoot themselves in the foot?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:27am

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    This post is so full of fail that it's comical.

    39?

    Lol

     

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    Bergman (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:30am

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    Lack of funds is irrelevant when dealing with evidence of a crime. Which is more expensive, keeping a few backups or going to prison for 5-10 years for evidence tampering?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:32am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Ever heard of innocent until proven guilty you chucklefuck?

    What about the right to a fair trial?

    Nah, didn't think that facts have anything to do with your bullshit troll posts on techdirt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:32am

    You do realize that the judge didn't agree that there was any evidence on those servers that needed to be saved, right? How could this hurt the DOJ's case, Mike?

     

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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:34am

    What's in a name

    I think it should be renamed "The Department of Just Us", since it's staff seems to believe that only they can determine the law...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:37am

    The ironic thing is that even if the DOJ loses, the DOJ wins. I think the plan all along was to ruin Kim's business by whatever means possible. Getting Kim convicted would have been the icing on the cake, but it was never the main objective. The MAFIAA got its cake, the DOJ got its money and everyone is happy. Except for Kim and those who lost their legitimate files.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:40am

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    Then what was the point to the DOJ's case?
    Now that the servers have been wiped, isn't the case dead?

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:42am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Why? Too many facts for you to deal with?

     

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    Ben (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:59am

    Backups

    If LeaseWeb didn't have backups nobody would ever lease space from them again. This is conjecture, but informed conjecture: they repurposed the hard drives that they had had to keep idle waiting for the Megaupload situation to calm down. They finally decided to just wipe them (has anyone stated how much data this represents?)

    If they were diligent they would have done a backup to tape before wiping them. Alternatively, they could have just relied on their last backup. I think it would be prudent for someone to make sure they locate those backups and keep them safe.

    The company I work for has 50TB+ of data that gets incrementally backed up each night, with a full backup each week; I would think LeaseWeb would be be engaging in something similar.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:04am

    They probably just know that the US is losing this case so far and our government acting as the MAFIAA's hired thugs in this case don't want property returned in usable condition.

     

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    Mike Masnick (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:04am

    Re:

    i dont understand. are these different from the carpathia servers? who is leaseweb, why have we never heard anything about them before?

    Megaupload used multiple hosting partners. Carpathia was a US hosting firm. Leaseweb is Dutch, I believe. They each hosted some parts of Mega, but not the whole thing.

     

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    Automatic Grammatizator, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:08am

    Re:

    If there was nothing incriminating or illegal on the servers, then why was Megaupload shut down in the first place?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    More accurately you were leasing the car. Now what?

     

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    John William Nelson (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:17am

    This is not really odd by the DOJ

    This isn't odd. Odd presumes the DOJ is prosecuting this case properly for the purpose of "bringing bad folks to justice."

    If you consider the reality that the DOJ took this case to disrupt MegaUpload at the behest of the copyright lobby, then it makes sense.

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Don't you know? Trolls can only count "one, two, many, lots".

     

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    New Mexico Mark, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Easy enough to either pull and label the drives (which are relatively cheap) and replace them or do forensically sound image backups that could be restored later if needed. No need to keep servers tied up. Admittedly a royal PITA and financial hit given the volume of data, but certainly feasible. (And they could probably still work in storage charges if anyone needed that data restored.)

    Smarter thing would have been to get confirmation from DOJ first. "You have chosen to delete all files. Once deleted, files cannot be restored. Are you SURE you want to proceed? yes / NO"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:41am

    I am confused. Once the DOJ had collected what it deemed relevant from the servers it no longer had any concern regarding the servers. Megaupload and its affiliates were free to do as they wished without DOJ interference. How this equates to the DOJ supposedly encouraging the destruction of evidence eludes me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:46am

    Re:

    I've been thinking almost the exact same thing. I'm becoming increasingly convinced that the DOJ is purposely trying to get the case tossed on procedural grounds. They've realized that they basically have no case and the last thing they want to do is set an unfavorable (from their perspective) precedent. Most expedient way of doing that? Bungle the technicalities so bad that the case never even gets to trial.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:50am

    Re: Backups

    50 whole TB? This is petabytes of data they were talking about. Once you hit a certain volume it no longer becomes cheap to do, this is why Carpathia is spending 9000 a day to hold onto MU servers that are essentially doing nothing at all.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:54am

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    I think the point is that the defense needed to have access to that data as well. If they do not, then they are being unfairly hampered in their defense.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 11:58am

    Re:

    Because MU wasn't free to do with the servers as they wished, as they were considered evidence, or containing evidence, of the DoJ's investigation, and therefor could not be touched.

    Add to that the DoJ seized all of Dotcom's funds and refused to allow him to pay for the servers(which would not have been a cheap thing to do), and the DoJ pretty much did everything short of ordering the servers to be wiped.

     

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    Yoshord, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Easy: all 10 million people are doing something illegal. The hard part is finding the rule that decrees whatever they're doing illegal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 12:06pm

    Re:

    This is what they were fighting for.

    Actually getting to access their own servers. The DOJ took the servers, blocked an attempt at paying Carpathia, refused to release the funds required to pay for the servers and refused to release the information contained on the servers.

    This ball was in the DOJ's court, and if the data was deleted, it's entirely their fault, as it was deleted while under their supervision.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 1:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    I don't think even that would be all that hard. When a friend of mine was studying to be a cop, he mentioned something about this: that every car on the road has something citable about it. One of the exercises they engaged in was to find three citable violations in a randomly selected vehicle.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 1:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Now what?

    Now I suggest you brush up on some legal text because you have no idea what you are talking about.

    First and foremost, the government didn't seize anything. If they had seized the servers then they would be in the governments custody, not LeaseWebs.

    In this case the government is attempting to destroy evidence by preventing a defendant from maintaining said evidence. If this goes to trial I presume the DOJ will try to use an argument along the lines of "we never seized their equipment and therefore had no obligation to preserve it for trial" they would then try to pull out copies of some of the data and say "we were able to secure THIS evidence before the defendant destroyed the originals."

    Personally I find it very unlikely that any judge will allow that evidence to be used at trial as the government does not have the originals and will have no way to prove that the copy wasn't tampered with.

    It seems the DOJ has no interest in actually bringing this to trial. Instead they are using the legal system to administer the punishment without the conviction.

     

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    Rekrul, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well, if your car was seized by the government, then you stopped making payments and later the cops decided they din't need it- would you be crying about the repo guy picking it up?

    Let's try it from the opposite point of view;

    You're accused of a computer crime. Before the police can get a search warrant for your computer, you have your own "expert" go through it and collect evidence of your innocence. Then as soon as he's finished, you wipe the hard drive. How do you think the authorities would react?

     

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    Digitari, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 4:10pm

    3 4 3 OOTB

    OOTB; I think menopause is affecting your critical thinking...


    RightHaven will last forever........

    Prenda would never upload their own movies......

    The US DOJ has a slam dunk case against Kim Dotcom.......

    (but these are just "Anomalies", right?)

     

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    JMT (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 4:20pm

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    "In any case, you can't rely on "dog ate my homework"."

    Actually, in court you can rely on that when the dog is the prosecutor and the homework is material evidence.

    "If Dotcom is so darned eager to prove his innocence, he can hop on a plane for the US and get it over with."

    I'm not sure if this statement is made out of ignorance, malice or both...

    If you were accused of a crime in another country and set to be extradited, and you considered yourself to be innocent, would you willingly jump on a plane and present yourself to the authorities knowing that you'll spend the next year or two stuck in that country and having to put your entire life on hold? Do you leave your family? (Dotcom has a wife and five kids remember.) Or do you uproot them from their lives too? Do you just quit your job? (Probably no choice there.) Is that what you'd do Blue?

    No, of course it's not. Since you believe you're innocent you'd fight every effort to you drag you into that hell. Even if you assume Dotcom would get a fair trial (far from guaranteed) and can win, it's still something no sane person would volunteer for.

    The extradition process is not just to ensure criminals can be returned to the country where a crime was committed, but also to ensure people who are innocent or unlikely to be found guilty are not unduly punished before a verdict is even delivered.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    somewhere in my memory is a story about DoJ being unable to try a coke dealer because they lacked the server space. And it wasn't that much data. Petabytes might be to much for them to get on a cd.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 19th, 2013 @ 7:16pm

    department of justice

    People's republic of china

    ministry of love

    ect

     

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    techflaws (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:22pm

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    Can't have it both ways, dude. Sorry.

     

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    techflaws (profile), Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:23pm

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    Right, piracy has stopped, everyone hates Kim Dotcom and the US got a boost of their reputation. Epic win by the DOJ.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2013 @ 1:12am

    Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    You can't destroy the evidence and then just assume it proved him guilty. That's kinda not how it works.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2013 @ 1:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    Or, as the RIAA do, find the person or people amongst the rulemakers who will add such a rule in exchange for "donations" of vast amounts of cash.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2013 @ 4:42am

    Re: Re:

    Right...
    Now try paying for something when you have no money and all methods of paying except physical cash are frozen.

    Good luck.

     

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    Pragmatic, Jun 20th, 2013 @ 5:51am

    Re: Re: Oh, I doubt the mythical exculpatory evidence!

    The crazy copyright lady wants to limit due process to people she approves of, preferably maximalists.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 20th, 2013 @ 1:52pm

    Re: Prosecute or destroy?

    Spot on. They never really had a chance at a trial and conviction (unless KDC did something stupid like agree to go to the US.) They wanted to destroy the business model and they have. At this point I think the "Justice Department" just wants it to fade away and be forgotten.

     

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    Yes, indeed, Jun 24th, 2013 @ 6:34am

    Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jun 19th, 2013 @ 10:32am

    You do realize that a judge does not get to determine that, and that if he HAD decided that, it would call into question the DOJ siezure in the first place, don't you?

     

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