MegaUpload Data Reprieve: Safe Until Mid-February
I will admit one thing. During the first baby days of MegaUpload, I was one of its first users to share some of my personal and favorite files to friends and family, from photos to home videos to even a few audio and music files. The time was around mid-2000s when MySpace and Facebook were also still at their baby steps and the term cloud computing was still brand-new to the general public.
With Facebook’s rise to popularity with its array of file-sharing features from creating albums to sharing videos and audio some years later, that was the time that I pulled out from using MegaUpload as Facebook made file-sharing easier, more secure, more open, making sure that anything that I upload and share to my friends and family are not illegal or copyright-protected files.
Knowing MegaUpload is an Asia-based company, being an Asian-American myself, Asia in general are infamously known for distributing pirated and illegal copies of copyright-protected material from other countries, primarily from the U.S. With that in mind, that is one thing that MegaUpload failed upon in terms of servicing users using their servers to share files that may be illegal or copyright-protected, not just to other users, but in general, to the masses.
Today, with various cases against MegaUpload piling up almost everyday since the U.S. federal prosecution’s shutdown of the long-time file-sharing service, all the personal files of legitimate users are all in danger of deletion. The lawyer representing MegaUpload stated that the service will remain open until mid-February, probably to give the users a chance to re-download all their stored files and save them. Sadly, even if that was the case, users still have no way to access the site to save their files.Continued on the next page