The future of information technology is in cloud-based applications. When the feds can seize the entire cloud based on the actions a few or even many participants, it violates the property rights of its legitimate users.
The Justice Department has responded to media inquiries about the status of the legitimate files that were stored at Megaupload, saying that users had no reasonable expectation of long-term data storage from the company: “the vast majority of Megaupload.com users do not have significant capabilities to store private content long-term since anything that isn’t repeatedly downloaded is automatically deleted from the system.”
However, premium users had an expectation that their data would be stored for a period lasting at least 90 days or forever if it was regularly accessed. Now, it looks like everything on the Megaupload servers could be deleted as soon as Feb. 2.