Update: While this blog is not entirely about piracy, I found a great article from Mike Loukides at O'Reilly describes piracy as "...shoplifting at worst, and while I'm not going to condone shoplifting, it's a cost of doing business, and not a particularly large one."
Interesting Update: It appears as though users of Megaupload are planning to sue the FBI for "“The widespread damage caused by the sudden closure of Megaupload is unjustified and completely disproportionate to the aim intended,” - it remains to be seen how far that might go, but it sure is an interesting development. To take a look at, and sign the complaint, go here.
Then there were the attacks on various sites (Anonymous has claimed responsibility). All told, there were 10 different sites taken down in the attack and news of other attack waves are hitting rendering large sites unusable. In all the hoopla, other Cyberlocker sites also seem to be taking action (to protect themselves?). Here's a sampling of some recent changes to CyberLocker sites just after news of the Megaupload indictment went public:
Another interesting service that seems to be gaining interest as Cyberlockers change so often, is the aggregator. Sites like Multiupload.com will take a file and upload it to a number of Cyberlocker services, ensuring that of one goes down or has a file deleted, theirs can be use in it's place. it would interesting to know if these sites actually automate the process of upload - and how.
Not to be outdone, folks that claim to be a part of Anonymous have created a site that seems to be a response to the loss of Megaupload. The site, anonyupload.com, doesn't appear to be working as an upload service yet - but it promises to be "100% free - no advertising - 100% anonymous". Funny too, is a mention they make of Kim Dotcom:
"Thank you DotCom for the past years of services.
We hope you'll be released as soon as possible.
Try to not make that amount of money next time, and it should be alright."
|It's lonely out there for a user|
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