In the shutdown of Megaupload on Thursday, countless ordinary users lost personal and perfectly legal files forever.
The Feds see Megaupload as a facilitator of illegal downloads of books, movies, and music.
However, millions of people around the world used it for ordinary file sharing: collaborating on research data for a group project, backing up their hard drives, and keeping personal files and photos in an easily accessed place.
Now, however, all of those files are inaccessible for the foreseeable future—along with the rest of Megaupload. Outraged, innocent users are taking their demands to Twitter.
“Tried to download a perfectly legal and manual today but it was hosted using Megaupload, good work FBI. Fanfuckingtastic,” added @KenneyWings.
According to Gizmodo, Megaupload’s legal uses were more extensive than people might think. It accounted for a quarter of all corporate traffic—more than Dropbox.
With Megaupload gone, people will have to rethink the risks of keeping a backup of their personal or professional files online. By confiscating their files with no warning, the Feds have shown users that they see them as guilty until proven innocent.
“With Megaupload closed, should you backup your online backups?” tweeted @joaquin_win.
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