MegaUploads Shut Down, 99% of Retromags Collection Unavailable
Posted 19 January 2012 - 06:29 PM
I am not sure how long this will last, or what this site will do with the current situation at hand. Stay tuned.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:05 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:16 PM
Ironically I just renewed my MU account for another 2 years in December. Drat, drat and double drat Muttley ....
Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:08 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:28 PM
One alternative is to make it legal by getting content owners permission if things with MegaUpload stay the same down the road.
That's the big problem.
Companies like Future Publishing don't push to have older content removed but they won't give permission either. Then for me there's the issues around who owns copyright now for content from the likes of Argus Press who disappeared in the late 80's etc. It's a nightmare!!! The only thing that differentiates our cause from movies, novels, comics and music is that those are relatively timeless while gaming mags are pretty much obsoleted with the passing of the hardware they are written for. that doesn't make it any less of an issue as far as the law is concerned but is Future likely to push for infringement in regards to Amstrad Action magazine? Not likely whereas they would for Nintendo Gamer which is a current title.
At the end of the day I would prefer they supply the old mags just like they do with the current ones on the Apple Store. C'mon Future ... give us Amstrad Action for .99c an issue on the iPad and I'll buy the whole lot. And while you're at it create an app for the PC as well.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:28 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:32 PM
Looking at the Download Manager, I could re-upload the following collections:
Dangerous Waters/Gameshark Magazine
Electronic Games (1990s)
Nintendo Fun Club
Nintendo Power Flash
Official Dreamcast Magazine (USA)
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine
Tips & Tricks
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment
Club Nintendo Magazine
Computer & Videogames
Mega (from out of print archive)
Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK)
Official UK Playstation Magazine
Total Game Boy Color (only have 1st 2 issues).
Various Strategy Guides, mostly from Nintendo
Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:29 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 11:35 PM
What about going to RapidShare or MediaFire? Their not prefect but its closest your get to MegaUpload. I doubt MegaUpload will come back, or if it does, it will became pay only and/or heavily monitored for content.
I am not keen on that idea for several reasons. The first is that it's A LOT of work moving about 600 files to another file host. And it's a lot of work to change all the links in the download manager. Secondly, there is no guarantee that the next site we go to won't suffer the same fate. Thirdly, unless we pay for another lifetime membership, files won't stay on there long, and I am not willing to pay the price of a membership with the risk of having that site shut down as well.
I am not saying that this isn't the route we'll eventually go down, but right now that is not an option I am interested in exploring. I am hoping some other solution will come along.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:02 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:40 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:43 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:48 AM
and upload to the torrent page is no go, to many f*****g leeches. :(
Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:17 PM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:21 PM
Either way, all this site's content is on the servers that were seized.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:22 PM
I also remember the days when a certain Torrent site was how we hosted files. The downside is that it required registration invites to get in and thus limited or sharing with the general public. However, that site having a relatively smaller community (about 30k members) means that it's low key enough to slip under the radar and well policed against malicious content. If I had enough storage space and bandwidth, I would personally seed all our content there as well as any other solution we have. (not mentioning the other site's name in case watchdog bots are trolling for references to Megaupload in order to find other "bad" sites)
Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:19 PM
I hope Megaupload settles this and business as usual.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:36 PM
External File hosting (ie. Rapidshare and similar)
Files are located elsewhere which removes burden from this site
Files expire after a certain amount of time
Memberships are expensive, and most are not "lifetime"
Can go the way of MegaUpload
Can easily be distributed
Does not rely on third party servers
Relies on people seeding, which often they don't
Would require hundreds of torrent files for everything Retromags had
Files are located with the site
No reliance on external sites or people actually seeding torrents
Access for everyone without any waiting times like on file hosting sites
Site host can shut site down for copyrighted material (happened already)
Lots of downloads can slow Dreamhosts servers, drawing attention, and causing the above con to happen
Pros: Allows sharing scans without drawing a lot of attention
Requires members to run IRC all the time
File transferring is a hassle
Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:19 AM
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