paulw2, that is kind of strange, I don't see that the goverment can force a private company to keep all that data. That would be strange if it was possible, if they offer to pay money to the company to keep it I could understand. But otherwise it is just strange.
This is allso why there is a time limit to charging someone of a crime and so on. Is is mostly only murder cases that are keept for a long time or where you can get charged a long time after the crime took place. But this megaupload thing can't be at the same level. Then we could just say that all crimes regardless of what it is, you could face charges 40 years afterwards, that would just be ridiculous.
Countrys where there is no timelimit on these things are bad in terms of right or wrong, after a long time, it is way to dangerous as you could put someone in jail that is innocent.
But then again, we all know how the justice system works in america, money talks bullshit walks. That is how everything in U.S. works.