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Decision on Megaupload's data put on hold as US judge requests more information from FBI

Megaupload guillotine

It's not quite a freeze in the ongoing Megaupload case, but US district court judge Liam O'Grady today applied the breaks to discussion of what to do with the massive amount of data stored on Megaupload's servers. Before that question could be resolved, O'Grady said, the more pressing issue of why the FBI didn't formally server criminal papers to Megaupload (as opposed to Kim Dotcom himself) needed to be studied. The issue was apparently enough for O'Grady to remark "I frankly don't know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter."

Naturally, Megaupload's legal team gleefully jumped on the comment, claiming that international law doesn't allow the FBI to serve criminal papers to a foreign company. The prosecutor in the case suggested the issue might be moot anyway, given that Dotcom owns 68 percent of Megaupload. Either way, judge O'Grady wants the issue resolved first and until it is, we're not likely to know what will happen to all the data kept on its servers.

The Verge
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