I just saw the news that Megaupload has been shut down, which means that a number of my files are now unavailable. This is in addition to the many Rapidshare links that are now expiring, due to having to cancel my premium account, which doubled in price a few months ago. I can only apologize and promise to do what I can to re-upload dead files. It’s not easy trying to decide the best way to host files, and I fear the climate is not very favorable for this method of sharing my work. I’ve tried to play by a reasonable set of rules in terms of copyright issues, and I have tried to avoid offering the same recordings issued by independent cd labels, but, it seems the METHOD of disseminating my work is also that used by pirates, and thus the whole system seems to be under greater scrutiny at the moment.
Perhaps the comments area for this post would be the best forum for requesting dead links to be revived. Some files may be difficult for me to locate, I’m afraid. I have much I would like to share, but lack of free time and these various hosting service hassles have me thinking seriously that a public blog may not be the way to continue. Hopefully this will not come to pass. In any case, thank all of you that visit and comment…I wish I had time to respond to all of you, but I appreciate the community of enthusiasts that join me here and show appreciation and enthusiasm!
UPDATE: Thanks so much for all of the positive feedback from you all. Further bad new on the file front, now Fileserve has jumped ship and THOSE files are now unavailable!! It’s truly nuts what is going on. Where does that leave me? Some of the Multiupload and the older Mediafire ones may still work, and whichever Rapidshare files have not expired from inactivity. I will not re-upload anything at the moment, because it may end up deleted depending on who else jumps overboard during this storm.
It’s a shame that those using these digital locker services seeking to profit from the various systems of “rewards” for numbers of downloads (of copyrighted materials) have ruined it for everyone! Of course the problem was in fact created BY the various hosting services that created these very reward systems in order to line their OWN pockets. Greed begets greed, I suppose.
I will probably make this blog private soon, and at some point after that I will contact those of you that I know are interested, by going through the comments in various threads here. I’ll assume if you’ve left a comment in THIS thread that you’re interested, so for those of you that haven’t done so, perhaps now would be a good time. Again, thanks to all of you!!
NOTE: Strangely, some of the Fileserve files are “live” again. Strange, because they supposedly disabled link sharing! I’m not going to renew my premium status with them so these files will probably start to expire after a month or two. I’m currently thinking I will try to use Mediafire, and another multiple upload service, mirrorcreator. I wish I could figure out if Google Docs might work. Storage is cheap, but it’s confusing how privacy would be handled, and how one sets up “viewing” files, as opposed to “editing”. Does anyone have advice on this?