Burn wrote:It's not just about lost files. What about productivity lost? What about deadlines missed because of different time zones and the lack of notice about the take down?
I'm going to guess none, tops. You're taking an exaggerated worst-case-scenario and posing it like that's all that happened. And even if it did, they'll find another way. It's a big internet, there's always another solution.
And if the files were lost, it's the user's own fault. I've learned long ago, the internet is not a safe place to keep anything you don't want to lose. Servers are only reliable up until they break, and they do
Think about it his way, indie developers, amateur/freelance writers and artists need an convenient online space to store large files securely. Those without the technical know how or funds for an IT department could pay $200 dollars for a lifetimes membership with limitless uploads, storage with an international network to distribute their files and work, and a place accessible by business partners wherever in the world they are in case any changes needed to be made. Flash drives and laptops can be stolen, hard drives can get corrupted, online storage was treated by many as futureproof.
The fact is that people have lost legitimate work, regardless of your opinion of their business practices, and therefore - with it being America and all - they have have right to be compensated.