The FBI, under the watchful eye of their puppeteers the RIAA and MPAA is in a bit of a circlejerk in relations to the Megaupload case. Several months ago, they stormed the New Zealand office and home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and seized all his servers, files, documents, etc. The raid just happened to happen just as Megaupload was about to launch a revolutionary new record label that could possibly be the endgame for the major labels.
Following the raids, the FBI proceeded to have the data destroyed which Dotcom's lawyers claimed was evidence that could be used to set him free. This week in a pretrial motion, the U.S. governments defense basically went batshiat crazy and entered the world of the circlejerk. They are claiming that it is okay that they ceased and destroyed data without proper warrants and jurisdiction because it was digital data and not physical.
Let's say that again for clarity, the FBI contends it is okay for them to steal digital files because they aren't actually physical items. Isn't that the entire basis of ever RIAA and MPAA lawsuit; that theft of physical property is the same as theft of digital items? It must be nice to be above the law.