The company storing data from millions of users of the defunct file-sharing site Megaupload has threatened to delete the data unless someone covers the huge costs of storing the information.
The cost of storing the data from the site is currently running at around $9,000 a day for the 1,100 servers needed to store the 25 petabytes of website data, according to a lawsuit filed by Carpathia Hosting.
It asked US District Court Judge Liam O'Grady to grant it an order that would enable it to transfer the ownership of the servers to a third party or to "delete the data ... after a brief, but reasonable, period of access for selective copying under an approved procedure," reported Politico.com.
Earlier this week, Carpathia issued a statement warning that it had been unable to reach agreement on a method to handover Megaupload's data, despite weeks of negotiation.
"Despite our best efforts, the parties have been unable to work out a voluntary solution that meets the concerns of all the various parties who have claimed an interest in Megaupload's data," said Brian Winter, chief marketing officer at Carpathia Hosting.
Arguments over what should be done with Megaupload's data have raged ever since the site was closed down in January on the behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
But with little sign the case against Megaupload will reach court any time soon, the issue is unlikely to go away.
V3 asked the second company believed to be storing Megaupload's data, Cogent Communications, to comment on its plans, but had not received a reply by the time of publication.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Herald has reported that a court in New Zealand has granted Megaupload's founder, Kim Dotcom, a monthly allowance of NZD60,000 and use of a Mercedes, while he waits for his extradition trial to commence.
The US authorities are seeking to extradite dotcom to answer charges of profiting from the illicit sharing of copyrighted material, such as movies and music.
Earlier this week it was revealed that a police blunder may mean that the $200m worth of assets seized by New Zealand police from Dotcom may have to be returned.
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