By Leo Notenboom
How do I get my files back from a closed upload site?
I do not use file sharing and had never heard of “MegaUpload.” I don’t have any files on that site, but I had a thought: how do the innocent people get their files back if their only copy was on that site?
They may not.
There are a lot of lessons to be learned, as well as a fair amount of controversy to be gleaned, from the closure of the file sharing site MegaUpload.com.
One of the most important lessons is something that I’ve been preaching for years.
Megaupload.com was a file sharing site. It’s primary purpose was to provide a place where large files could be uploaded and freely downloaded.
I’m sure you can imagine both legitimate and illegal uses for such a service.
As a result of the alleged illegal use of the service to upload, host, and share copyrighted materials, such as movies and music, without the authority to do so, the United States FBI seized the domains owned by MegaUpload and effectively shut down the service on January 19th, 2012.
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This post is excerpted with Leo’s permission from his blog.
About Leo Notenboom
Leo A. Notenboom is the owner of Puget Sound Software, LLC and the Leo in Ask Leo!. Leo has been in the personal computer and software industry since 1979, as a software engineer, a manager of software engineers, and as a consultant. In 1983 Leo joined what was then a medium sized local company called Microsoft and spent the next 18 years in a wide variety of groups working on a wide variety of software. If you're running Microsoft Windows, if you've used a Microsoft development tool or Microsoft Money, or if you've ever purchased a ticket through Expedia, there's a good chance you've been touched by some of his work. And of course, since 2003, Leo has been answering your tech questions on Ask Leo!