MPAA Ok With Allowing Users To Get Back Their Megaupload Files If 0% Infringement Can Be Guaranteed
from the and-no-access-for-megaupload dept
We’ve been covering the ongoing series of fights concerning what happens to to all the data that was stored on the Megaupload servers. The government has wanted it destroyed. Some users have wanted access to their legitimate content. Megaupload wants access for its own defense. The MPAA has wanted it preserved in case it can be used to sue others. Megaupload wants access for the sake of its defense. Carpathia — the hosting company — just wants to stop paying $9,000 per day to maintain the servers and data.
However, as TorrentFreak notes, the MPAA’s latest filing in this debate offers a very, very, very slight backtrack, in which it says that it kinda sorta would be okay with letting users have access to download their own content… but if and only if there can be a guarantee that not a single bit of infringement occurs as a part of that process. Oh yeah, and also so long as the Megaupload defendants don’t get access either (though, it says that’s a separate discussion for a separate legal filing).
…the MPAA Members’ position continues to be that if the Court is willing to consider allowing access for users such as Mr. Goodwin to allow retrieval of files, it is essential that the mechanism include a procedure that ensures that any materials the users access and copy or download are not files that have been illegally uploaded to their accounts, given that MPAA Members and other rights holders are certain to own the copyrights in many of the files stored on the servers. In addition, in no event should any Megaupload defendants or their representatives—who have not generally appeared in this proceeding, and who are not subject to the control and supervision of the Court—be allowed to access the Mega Servers under such a mechanism designed for the benefit of third party Megaupload users. Whether and under what conditions the Mega defendants should have access to the servers (again, assuming they are subject to the control of the Court) is a separate issue.
Of course, this assumes it’s even possible to prevent 100% of infringement. Which it’s not. And that’s probably the point. The MPAA gets to pretend that it’s being “reasonable” by saying some access is okay… but immediately including an impossible caveat on top of that. It’s a neat way to pretend to be open to compromise, while really sticking to an extreme position.