It’s sad that there’s so much original and “modified content”, like scanlated releases, that is going to be lost forever with the closure of services like MegaUpload and FileSonic.
There is, of course, the overarching truth, which is that we always knew these services weren’t for permanent storage. Whoever uploaded files there did it with the knowledge the download would expire eventually. Surely they also knew there were better alternatives (or DDL from their servers when possible).
Yesterday I was, as usual,
playing with entertaining myself on 4chan, when someone pointed out that “on the Internet, when something goes down, someone will replace it”. I answered “You must be new to the Internet”, as it hardly ever happens that an equivalent service is born immediately or at all after the old service is killed, leaving us moaning about the old days forever and ever.
Then I realized how there’s no need for alternatives yet, as there are plenty of file uploading services.
The upload sites gave money to uploaders. Why would they do that when they can keep everything to themselves?
Fact is, there’s just so much competition, and pleasing the Downloaders gets very difficult. When everyone is driving the same car, the only solution is to steal the fuel of the other websites – the Uploaders.
It doesn’t matter if they put more ads or if they request money for faster and/or consecutive downloads. If they grab all the Uploaders, they will be getting all the Downloaders onboard anyway.
Greed wins over Quality again
I love when people upload to sites like MediaFire. There’s no wait times, there’s no bandwidth limits, no simultaneous download limits, the download button is green and very visible and it starts the download without a hassle. The ads are irritating and everywhere, but we can’t exactly ask them to give us their time and bandwidth for free.
Moreover, the people who have to pay for the accounts are Uploaders, not the Downloaders.
One negative thing about MediaFire – it’s a little harder to keep content online… what have you been uploading again?
The other popular sites on their download pages beside captcha and wait times, will instead give a list of options to get subsequent, simultaneous and wait-time-free downloads. This is how these sites are able to multiply their income: disregarding the Downloader in order to attract the Uploaders.
This is a well-wrought cycle that will kill the more honest upload services.
Choosing a service to get money from pirated content is pretty despicable.
I believe the recession, financial crisis and number of jobless young people is making this a more widespread problem than it should be. The full-time job of many is to upload pirated content on these sites to make money through the downloads. The earnings that can be made through uploading for few hours a day are comparable to the wages of a proper job – minus the taxes of course.
The issue isn’t that pirated content doesn’t give royalties to the copyright holders, the issue is that it is now used to increase downloads and money.
This is making pirated content more widespread thanis requested or required, and the easier it is to reach, the more “normal” it will be considered by the Internet population. My “real life” friends wouldn’t know how to use torrent or p2p services (poor fools), but they know all about the direct download sites like… what MegaUpload was.
I haven’t uploaded to services like these for 2 odd years. I download off them a lot though, stuff from SaHa and circles like that, doujins basically. Sometimes I happen to download MineCraft stuff, but that’s it.
I believe the ones who don’t distribute money or try too hard at getting Uploaders onboard will be the sites that will stay up… the longest. I seriously hope so.