Cogent Communications Group, another hosting firm storing data previously hosted by Megaupload, has hit out at the movie industry and copyright holders over their double standards when it comes to organisations being paid for their work.
Cogent, like Carpathia Hosting, has been caught in the crossfire in the movie-industry backed attempts to close down the file-sharing site.
Lawyers from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have forced Cogent to keep all of the data that they stored on behalf of Megaupload while they process their claim against the site.
However, chief legal officer at Cogent, Robert Beury, told V3 the firm felt the stance taken by the MPAA was unfair as the firm was not being paid for the cost of storing the data.
“I find it ironic that the MPAA expects Carpathia and Cogent to work for free for their benefit while they are fighting to make sure the motion picture studios get paid for their work,” he said.
Yesterday it emerged that Carpathia was seeking a court order that would allow it to either delete the Megaupload data or pass it over to a third party.
Carpathia said storing the 25 petabytes of Megaupload data was costing it a ruinous $9,000 a day.
Cogent sympathised with Carpathia's plight, Beury said.
“We are in the same position, though the amount of data we have is far smaller,” he added.
Megaupload was closed down in January this year, at the behest of US law enforcement agencies, who claimed the site was profiteering from an illicit trade in copyrighted material.
The actions have angered many of the sites users, who claim to have used Megaupload for sharing family pictures and home movies.
Members of the Pirate Party have threatened to sue the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Spanish laws governing the misappropriation of personal data.
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