MegaUpload, Pirate Party to sue FBI for users' lost files

MegaUpload, Pirate Party to sue FBI for users' lost files

The Pirate Party in Catalonia and MegaUpload have announced that it will file a joint complaint against the FBI over their decision to seize the company’s assets, which meant users’ files were lost – some of which were copyright infringing, but many others were note.

The Pirates in Catalonia, in collaboration with the Pirate Parties International, claims that it has caused “incalculable damage, far in excess of the losses claimed by the content lobbies”. It also claims that the FBI’s actions may have violated Spanish law for “misappropriating personal data”.

“The widespread damage caused by the sudden closure of Megaupload is unjustified and completely disproportionate to the aim intended,” it wrote. “[We] have begun investigating these potential breaches of law and will facilitate submission of complaints against the US authorities in as many countries as possible, to ensure a positive and just result.”

The party is now calling for legitimate users of the service to join in a class action suit, regardless if they had a paid or free account via MegaUpload.

You can participate in the class action lawsuit here.

Image: Richard Clupes/Flickr (Creative Commons)

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