WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says he's "in tears" after a European company announced it had deleted all the data it was hosting from the shuttered file-sharing site.
Netherlands-based LeaseWeb announced Thursday it had deleted all Megaupload files from 630 servers.
LeaseWeb said it hosted the data for over a year without receiving any requests to retain it. But Dotcom said on Twitter that his lawyers repeatedly asked LeaseWeb to keep the data pending U.S. court proceedings.
U.S. authorities shut down Megaupload last year and indicted Dotcom and other executives. Prosecutors accuse them of racketeering by facilitating massive copyright fraud. Dotcom says he's innocent and can't be held responsible for those who chose to use Megaupload to illegally download songs or movies.
Some Megaupload files remain stored on U.S. servers.