When file sharing website Megaupload was shut down and its founder, Kim Dotcom, arrested, many of the site's users were upset that their personal files were lost as a result of the site shutting down.
The files that were lost were not related to the illegal downloads, they were files ranging from personal to professional, and the majority of these files were not breaking any laws.
Most of the interest in this case revolves around Dotcom and the numerous counts of racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering charges.
To rectify the situation with users who had legitimate and legal files on the site, Megaupload has been talking to the Department of Justice to make an arraignment to accommodate those adversely affected.
"Megaupload's legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data," Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
Megaupload had been considering the options available that would grant temporary access to the site and it has been revealed that there are many accounts that belong to U.S. Government officials.
"Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from U.S. Government officials including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate," Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
"I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our user's access to their files," Dotcom added.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has also worked on behalf of the users affected by starting the MegaRetrieval campaign which aims to make a list of affected users and recover their lost files.
"EFF continues to identify more people who have lost access to legitimate personal files. Our goal is to help them get their files back as quickly and efficiently as possible," EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels told TorrentFreak.