Up until now, Plex Cloud was a service appraised by all internet pirates. They used the features of the shady provider to move movies from their personal PCs to their television sets without much problems, enjoying a free viewing of a popular movie just like any other pirate. However, Plex Cloud decided to extend its services and become something of a pirate’s Netflix.
According to a recent announcement, Plex Cloud wants to become as popular as Netflix, only the audience will be broader and the services a bit on the line of the illegal.
Basically, the cloud is offering storage space, ironically enough on the same cloud as Amazon uses, to pirates that can then share their spoils with their pirating peers. While it does sound like a masterful way of avoiding paying for Netflix and other such providers, there are a few catches.
For one, it’s not free. The internet pirate’s entire code of honor is to share the spoils of illegal downloading with his or her peers. However, if they want to bring their activities a little on the light side, Plex Cloud is offering to host their spoils of copyright infringement war for a mere $60 annual fee.
It sounds like a god business, but there’s a bit of a problem with the fact that Amazon, the owner of the cloud Plex is currently using, explicitly states in its Terms and Agreements that they prohibit the storage of any illegally obtained data.
The only hope that Plex has for the moment is that Amazon will not notice the activities that are going down under its nose and leave it live a bountiful pirate’s aid life. Of course, if AWS ever detects content that originated from The Pirate Bay or any other such website, then it will surely erase it immediately, leaving users in the middle of their Game of Thrones episode, wondering why the image froze.
Plex is trying to take advantage of the gray areas that still exist in the field of cloud computing, but it’s just a matter of time until the legal details will be sorted out and such services will be thrown on the dark side.
In the meantime, services like Netflix are believed to thrive even more in the near future.
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