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File sharing is caring


Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of sharing between loved ones; A perfect occasion to recognize how important file-sharing is to the freedom of the internet. It’s not only SOPA and PIPA that we have to worry about now, it’s about the future of file-sharing servers in the wake of the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. The U.S. Federal Government seems to be on a rampage to bring copyright infringer’s to justice, which is already instilling fear in other established file-sharing sites, including Amazon, Dropbox, and Rapidshare.

FileSonic has already bowed to pressure after the following message appeared on their homepage:

It reads “All sharing functionality on Filesonic is now disabled. Our service can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.”

Mike Masnick, editor of the Techdirt blog, expressed concern about legitimate services (“who do things like de-duplification, or have legitimate backup services”) going under as a result of pressure from the law.

“If you’re running Amazon S3 or Dropbox, do you now suddenly change how you do business, just to avoid the possibility of being accused of racketeering and criminal copyright infringement? That’s worrisome.”

One file-share service that claims they will never be taken offline has recently emerged from the woodwork. Tribler was developed by researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands as a way to share files without centralized servers.

“With Tribler, we have achieved zero-seconds downtime over the past six years, all because we don’t rely on shaky foundations such as DNS, web servers or search portraits,” says Tribler leader Dr. Pouwelse.

WebPal knows that file-sharing is all about content, collaboration and control. It easily enables users to share documents with other WebPal users or through email, tracks updates through an activity log and allows admins to control access to all documents.

The Internet and file-sharing go hand-in-hand. The law and the entertainment industry may have no choice but to take a leaf out of the Care Bear book and accept that sharing is caring.

Megaupload and public cloud content servers


Web content servers are currently at a crossroads in their evolution, as evidenced by the recent controversy surrounding the U.S. government seizing all user content from Megaupload. WebPal has distinguished itself as a powerful cloud content management solution for enterprises and organizations to organize, share and track their content. All of its features are built in a secure cloud server. However, free and public cloud servers like Megaupload are under threat as the U.S. federal government cracks down on online copyright infringement.

The file sharing site has been offline since January 19, after the U.S. government executed search warrants on Cogent Communications and Carpathia Hosting, two companies that provided Megaupload with file hosting services. This left users in a panic, as it meant that they may not be able to get their content back. The government announced that they would begin deleting content as early as February 2.

While most people can’t argue that the government has a right to delete copyrighted content, many people user Megaupload for legitimate file sharing. Critics like Azita Arvani, principal of the Arvani Group, say the government should extend the data deletion time beyond February 2 to allow “legit users to grab their files.”

“The demise of Megaupload and resultant confusion as to the stored user files demonstrates the evanescence of digital data due to mislaid trust,” says Raymond Van Dyke, a Washington, D.C.-based technology and IP attorney.

“There are many legitimate data storage sites out here… just because something is free doesn’t mean that it is the best. Caveat emptor.”

This is a time when web content hosting will experience profound change, especially as laws like PIPA and SOPA are emerging. Check out this infographic created by cloud hosting company PEER 1 to see how web hosting has evolved in the past two decades.