Mega-Upload Shut Down Problem

by Abubaker D

My article was about the website mega upload dilemma. What happened was that the US government shut down the mega upload website because it broke some US copy right laws. The article is specifically talking about the people who were using mega upload as a data base. Which is what we call a cloud computing service. The main problem about shutting down the website lies with the users. Because right now, users can’t get their files back. A lot of users uploaded pictures, videos, papers, articles and contracts and whatever you can name on to mega upload. And there is no way to get them back. The FBI is not to contact some 50 million users and return their files to each one of them. That process will take ages. Mega upload apparently will never come back. And the FBI doesn’t care about the users files. So it will be sad for the people who didn’t have any back up of their files. The article says that people shouldn’t rely on cloud computing back up services. People always need to have other sources of back up for their files. And cloud back up services should be a secondary resource.

This article is related to our class because it’s about cloud computing. I thought it would be helpful for students so that they always keep in mind to store their files and whatever data they have in a storage other than cloud services, because files can be easily lost on the web.

I use mega upload a lot and it saddens to see the FBI taking it down just like that. Files should be allowed to share among users. The businesses try to monopolize everything and they resort to governments to take care of things if there is any obstacles standing in their profits.

John C. Dvorak (2012). Megaupload Equals Mega Fail for Cloud Computing. Retrieved from,2817,2399578,00.asp

3 thoughts on “Mega-Upload Shut Down Problem”

  1. That was an interesting article. This is one of the problems that i have been afraid of from the very beginning of cloud storage. What happens when the server crashes or in this case the government seizes all the users data. This is why i believe that onsite storage used with some sort of off site storage is best. Then you realistically will always have a backup.

  2. Yes, FILES should be able to be shared, but not a blu-ray copy of a movie that has not come out yet. so your assumption that all FILES are made equal is bogus. and yes you should only rely on cloud storage services (not cloud computing, thats somehting different) as a fail safe because no cloud service is infallable. there is always a risk of loss and you can never guarantee that your stuff will never be lost. but if you really want to store your files try using a reputable source for storage and not a site that is famous for making money off of copyrrited material. and yes that is what that site was doing, its sad that some innocent people were caught in the crossfire, but seriously in all those stolen movie copies there is a FBI warning, so you cannot say that it is unwarrented, all that money rightfully belongs to the industry that created the content, and if you disagree then i wish you good luck in life.

  3. This is where it gets sticky. While the service offers a legitimate service of file storage and sharing unfortunately it was being used for piracy. While I am against piracy, it is the legitimate users who suffer the most as the article points out. We have a few in power who do not know the different between a server and a router or a Gigabyte and a Byte, and they are doing more damage than good in my opinion. Legislating with ignorance can only do more harm than it can ever achieve good results.

    Piracy exists because it is easy, (that and people may have grandiose visions of being a pirate) But the problem lies in pricing of the software and or product. Recently I looked at the cost of buying Dreamweaver for our project two in Cis311. I was not only floored by the Student Discount Price but I was horrified (that and being the more polite term) at how much it goes for. The master collection at the Cal Poly Bronco Bookstore goes for $599 retail, while it retails for $2,599. For the Web Premium that sells at the bookstore for $349 and retails for $1,799. However, you are saying you only want Dreamweaver you do not need all the other programs in these suites, fine. The bookstore has Dreamweaver for $119 and that retails for $399. Between you and me, no one with access to a pirated version of these software’s is going to open their wallet; they are going to open their torrent downloader. I argue that pirating exists because of the greed of these companies charging outrageous prices, and then complaining when droves of people use pirated copies of their overpriced software. It has been proven people would rather buy than steal, but we give them no alternatives to reasonable prices. This is why there is a rise in piracy. Louis C.K. has done an admirable job of performing an experiment and proving this fact.

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