Wellington – Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom on Thursday condemned a Dutch
company's decision to delete millions of files uploaded by users of his defunct
file-sharing website Megaupload.
LeaseWeb BV said it could not store indefinitely the files on
its servers formerly rented by Megaupload, pending the outcome of the case
against Dotcom for alleged internet copyright infringement.
Dotcom called the decision to delete the files "the largest
data massacre in the history of the internet".
"This is a sad day for the internet," he said on
Twitter. "I'm so very sorry that Megaupload user data in Europe is now irreversibly
lost. I'm in tears."
US authorities shut down the Megaupload website, widely used for
sharing film and music files, in January 2012, and asked police in New Zealand,
where German-born Dotcom has residency, to arrest him.
Dotcom and co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van
der Kolk are now on bail awaiting a hearing on their extradition to the United
Dotcom said the LeaseWeb servers had contained his own personal
files on Megaupload, which would have provided crucial evidence for his defence
against the US charges.
He said on Twitter that he was "looking for a Dutch law
firm to evaluate potential legal claims against LeaseWeb on behalf of
Megaupload and our users".
LeaseWeb said it could not continue to hold the files without payment.
"After a year of nobody showing any interest in the servers
and data we considered our options," LeaseWeb's senior regulatory counsel
Alex de Joode said.
"We did inform Megaupload about our decision to
re-provision the servers".