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MEGAUPLOAD

History
Megaupload is a very famous history of success. Created on March 21, 2005 in Hong Kong to offer a service of hosting files, it had more than 150 millions of users, and according to ALEXA it was one of the 50 most significant sites in the world based on generated traffic. In theory, users had to use Megaupload as a safe and reliable external hard drive from but...

The fiasco
Megaupload quickly became a tool for sharing all kinds of files, without paying much attention to the legal aspects related to author's rights. The conflict around this topic ended up with the closing of the website by the FBI on January 19, 2012, and with the imprisonment of his main representative. And all those who had a "safe and reliable virtual hard disk" lost it suddenly.

What did we learn?
The concept of Cloud Computing should not make us forget about basic aspects such as physical and legal guarantees that we must require (and if it is the case, pay) for our computer systems. Sometimes, and swept away by the excitement that new technology can cause, we can all be naive.

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