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Is File Sharing All About Piracy?

File sharing is the lifeblood of the Internet, or so some say. Whether you work in the IT industry or you are "simply" an avid technology user, you will not escape the fact that file sharing is an integral part of online activities. From the innocuous act of giving family and friends access to photos of your most recent vacation to uploading the latest episode of the [insert name of popular TV series here] - file sharing is at the heart of these activities. Photos, movies, short videos, books, software, knitting patterns, legal document templates - these and so much more are shared on a regular basis, by people all over the world. It's much like comparing the Internet, and file sharing platforms in particular, to a physical meetup place where people go to interact and swap goodies. With the recent spate of legal troubles hounding file sharing platforms, though, the question of piracy and illegal activities arises. Take for example, one of the latest and most controversial platforms: MEGA. Founded by Kim Dotcom, the founder of taken down Megaupload, MEGA has risen in popularity - no surprise there, but it also has gotten the attention of the authorities. To have...
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Exploring Content Piracy And Discovering What It Has Done To Web Hosting

The war waged by major record and movie companies on internet piracy as well as the numerous laws that were brought to the public attention and that eventually failed to be passed (SOPA for instance) is no secret to anyone. Without taking one side or the other in this seemingly never-ending series of battles – nobody can state with absolute certainty who the bad guys are at this point – let's explore a less familiar topic, namely the effects of online content piracy on web hosting. At the same time, we will also discuss some of the upshots of the battle between content owners and the pirates. Yarrr! How it all started Piracy dates from a simpler time, namely 1998, when the very first file sharing service – Napster – was born, allowing people from all over the world to download and share digital content (mainly music), with or without the permission of the copyright owners. On the very same year but at a prior date, an important act was passed in the US (the Digital Millennium Copyright Act). The DMCA had, at least in theory, the role to put an end to piracy by establishing a system of notification and...
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