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Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Intellectual Property, Internet |

Do not own anything that stay in the cloud, says U.S. government

Do not own anything that stay in the cloud, says U.S. government

Oh, the cloud. For many of us, is the ideal solution for our devices. The physical storage concept loses strength gradually being replaced by the ethereal saved our files there, away, somewhere we do not know but in the moment you want, we can access it. Maybe that’s why the is the perfect allegory: in our minds, the documents are suspended somewhere remote.

The reality is that keeping something in the cloud involves only have it elsewhere, probably a remote server in a large data center. For us, it is more practical: we forgot to carry hardware, with in store computer or USB have countless memories. We only require an Internet connection and presto, the fantasy becomes reality: the files are ubiquitous long as we can hang on the web.

But the dark side-that sometimes we refuse to see no-compromise comfort, accommodation in the cloud is one of the triumphs of a society that relies too heavily on outsourcing, the mentioned outsourcing -. It is a victory of capitalism to save what we delegate our thing. Imagine you having to always carry a backpack everywhere. It is impractical because it may have more things that can save or get tired of bringing the bag back. Then someone comes along with a much larger backpack and prepared to carry your things, sometimes even for free. What a pleasure! The bogeyman asks you to sign a contract with a lot of fine print and excited plasmas your signature so to enjoy that advantage. Of course!

Sure, there’s a trick: when goals to bag your items will cease to be yours. The can use as ever, but are not your property. Small detail.

This is not an exercise. So you see the U.S. government. A few weeks ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on behalf of his client Kyle Goodwin, made a proposal to the U.S. Court to discuss the government’s actions when he made the closure of Megaupload . If we remember the case, the authorities denied access to thousands of people at the service, even if the files showed that they had not violated copyright housed. The government response has been to bring the affected audiences long and tangled, just to give you documents that are rightfully theirs.

But how frightening of the matter is that the defense has argued the government to justify its actions. According to them, Mr. Goodwin (and thousands like him) have lost their property rights by signing the contract with service delivery.? How!? For the authorities, both Goodwin’s contract with Megaupload (ie sheet terms and conditions) such as Megaupload with Carphatia (who provided accommodation), limited property interests. What is alarming is that there is nothing special about this contract: is a standard, such as the one signed with any other provider.

That is, if the government comes to a court order, forget about your information. Anyway keep what: it is no longer yours. In this scheme, property rights are severely limited, mainly by using a third party service to host your data. EFF notes that this argument is not limited only to the case of Megaupload, also works for Amazon S3 (where companies like Dropbox saved all), Google Apps or iCloud. In fact, virtually any Web user is at risk, it is very difficult to imagine today the use of the network without any service of this kind.

The issue of intellectual property and the property in the cloud have been in constant struggle for some time. A clear example is with iTunes Match and how Apple helps monetize a shock model, in theory, is free. I do not deny the practical advantages of using these services myself, for example, use iCloud, and Google Apps to synchronize everything. However, one should not lose sight of what we give, and most importantly, what we can lose. For that reason, the EFF puts much emphasis: no longer just worry about putting our things in the hands of corporations and companies, but also the role that governments play in this new information order. Lest you use the master of the bag does not go more expensive than you think.

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