While serial self-publicist Kim Dotcom was re-igniting the submarine cable debate in New Zealand, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s (EFF’s) case trying to recover files on behalf of a former Megaupload user Kyle Goodwin took a new twist.
The EFF has been in court trying to gain access to the servers seized by the Feds last year, when the Megaupload saga began. Access to the servers, they have argued, is necessary to help establish Goodwin’s case that his files should be returned.
In a filing that the EFF says should
terrify users of any cloud service, the government is arguing that Goodwin’s property rights aren’t sufficient to demand access to the servers.
The government arguments are that Goodwin cannot demonstrate any
ownership over the servers, since he merely paid for a service. Moreover, while conceding that Goodwin might have the right to assert his copyright, that is
not sufficient to establish that he has an ownership interest in the property that is the subject of his motion — the copies of his data, if any, which remain on Carpathia’s servers — via redwolf.newsvine.com