Computer friends have communicated online and shared data over the internet actively for the past fifteen years. During this time the world of digital life has changed a lot thanks to giant file sharing programs, social media and the significant increase of the internet speed. All this has brought people to use computers and the internet for long hours every day. So it seems that everything related to sharing online has been smoothly growing bigger all the time.
Today, in the year of 2012, things have suddenly started to go more complicated. Recent years have made music industries worry about their income in the future due to the fact that people download music and movies for free using different engines and software. Now the result of their anger has shown us many incidents this year that makes internet activists worldwide express concern about the future of free internet. It seems to be like a war between groups of people with everyone having their own interests. The society was shocked to see what happened to the founder and workers of Megaupload.com, who actually were just providing modern server service for users to upload data. Members used to keep their photos and documents there; of course some users uploaded illegal materials there but it was removed by the support team. Their mistake was to still keep the files in the servers of Megaupload.com. After the shut down of the popular sharing centre, some peer-to-peer platforms discontinued in danger of becoming the victims of a raid.
Larger torrent trackers are still up and working. As long as they are not sharing illegal content themselves, they cannot be shut down. Because in reality, all the files are coming from the computers of users all over the world; the tracker just provides the possibility to transfer this data. In comparison to a torrent engine, think of world’s largest search engines like Google or Bing. Folks use these search engines for finding free files as well. So there is nothing unlike between BTJunkie and Yahoo in fact. Of course there are rumours about p2p platforms shutting down, but this is more of a wish of music industries than reality. In fact, musicians support free online file sharing in order to promote their creation. If there was no Youtube, people even would not know about many artists, so they would not visit concerts nor buy albums. The online promoting is like free advertising where industries are the only ones not getting any benefit, but they are eager for the money. They should realise that artists can promote their work over the internet better than the industries could help them.
The sums of money that move in these industries are huge and companies do not want to lose any part of it because of Youtube, BTJunkie or what so ever. On the other hand, after a new artist has been viewed on Youtube hundreds and thousands of times, people can decide whether they want to buy an album or listen to the artist in live. In conclusion, as long as these industries cannot take away the free internet from people, there will always be free media shared online for advertising and promoting creative work, in one way or another.