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EFF Fights for Megaupload Users' Rights in Friday Hearing

PRESS RELEASE
April 10, 2012
Innocent Customers Deserve to Have Their Files Returned

Alexandria, VA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a federal judge on Friday to establish a process that would allow lawful users of Megaupload's cloud storage service to get their files back. The hearing in USA v. Dotcom is set for 9 a.m. on April 13th at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.

In January of this year, the U.S. government shut down Megaupload.com and related sites as part of a copyright infringement investigation. But in addition to the alleged illegal activity by some users of Megaupload, there were also innocent customers that used the service to store lawful material – users who have been blocked from accessing their data for months. At Friday's hearing, EFF Staff Attorney Julie Samuels will argue that Megaupload's customers deserve a court-approved procedure to retrieve their property before it's deleted.

WHAT:
Motion hearing in USA v. Dotcom

WHEN:
Friday, April 13
9 a.m.

WHERE:
Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314
Judge Liam O'Grady - Courtroom 700

Contacts:

Rebecca Jeschke
   Media Relations Director
   Electronic Frontier Foundation
   press@eff.org

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