Do you have MEGA yet?
If you are following the hot Internet News you have probably heard a lot about Kim Dotcom. Who is this guy and what does he really want. So. Do you have MEGA yet? Kim Dotcom. Reading his story is like reading a book about someone smart and witty. In the back of your head you know there’s something not right, but it’s fun to read and in the end you have learned to like the sob. Know what I mean? It’s like reading about our former prince, married to our former queen Juliana. It turned out he had kids with two women other than his wife, but ‘the people’ liked him, because he did not comply to the rules and got away with it.
Yup, that’s the guy. In the picture in more than one way. He was slash is the inventor that came up with the MegaUpload project. Hong-Kong based at that time and shut down by The United States Department of Justice. (sic…) Mind you. That’s what it really says there. Shut down from another country while the site was based in another sovereign state…
United States Department of Justice on 19 January 2012, following the indictment and arrests of the owners for allegedly operating as an organization dedicated to copyright infringment HK$330 million (approximately US$42 million) worth of assets were frozen by the Customs Department in Hong-Kong
Now he’s operating from New Zealand, you know? Where the Kiwi’s don’t fly
I already like the guy. I DO understand copyright, but I can not see how that can be enforced in todays Internet Sharing Orientated world. Sharing is caring, right?
What we should do is the following: Add a 10% tax to every media, capable of storing data. Hard disks DVD’s, Blu Rays USB Sticks, Rented storage space ‘in the cloud’, even the smartphones storage. Pay all copyrights out of a fund, that is financed by us all putting ‘our 10 percent in’.
It like the tax we have to pay in Holland for household appliances for disposing of them in a environmentally safe way in the future. It’s all been paid for as we buy the stuff.
So for the ethics. Down to what it can do for you. What about storing your tax forms and banking stuff there? Ermm… Nope, not a good idea. MEGA promises tough encryption of your data, but I go by the simple and effective rule “If you don’t want something to appear on the internet, don’t put it there’… KISS. Other than that it’s pretty much OK to put anything on there. 50 Gigs is a lot of space to put your vacation pictures on.
Mega allows you to get a link from a file and mail that to a person. Clicking that link he/she can download the file from your ‘private’ space. Nothing holds you back from putting a link to a file on your blog, right? You fill in the blanks…
Just another one…
MEGA. Is MEGA unique? Nope, not really. There are alternatives, like DropBox and a few others. They offer the same kind of service. Storage ‘In The Cloud’.
But there is more.
It’s like reading that book. He’s a crook, but one of the good ones. Know what I mean? Maybe romantically described best as ‘A modern Robin Hood’.
It does NOT place him above the law. But I like him. Well, in a manly way.
Ok, so our prince Bernhard from Holland? He died on December 1st 2004. But his story lives on in the hearts of (mostly) Dutch men. I guess it’s best described as ‘The Billy the Kid syndrome’. What do you think?