LOCKED OUT USERS of the shuttered Megaupload filesharing service will get a chance to plead their case in court and perhaps regain access to their material.
A tweeted message from Megaupload lawyer Ira Rothken says that a court order has paved the way for the hearing that could reunite users with their orphaned data.
"BREAKING NEWS: Court orders hearing over Megaupload consumer data access issues requests input from parties on procedural matters," Rothken tweeted. "The Federal Court in Virginia orders an evidentiary hearing on the Megaupload user data issue."
Users have been separated from their data, some of it personal and some of it work related, ever since the Megaupload website was seized in January.
The case has proven to be a murky one though, and Kim Dotcom, the founder and CEO of Megaupload, seems to be rather successfully beating off US attempts to extradite him.
While he has remained in legal limbo so too has Megaupload users' data, and groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been trying to reunite them. The EFF is supporting one user in particular, a Kyle Goodwin, and it is pleased that he is one step closer to regaining access to his data today.
"Today's news is one more step toward getting innocent users their rightful property back - something that is long overdue," it said in a blog post.
"We are glad that Mr. Goodwin will finally get to make his case in court and we look forward to helping the judge fashion a procedure to make all of Megaupload's consumers whole again by granting them access to what is legally theirs." µ