Digital Ownership

Found good info on digital ownership at We need to better understand “ownership” in this digital age.


I really wish studios would sell personal licenses for their content separately from whatever garbage distribution platform they’re running. I know they’d never do it as such a scheme would be tantamount to admitting that piracy is a thing that exists, but a netizen can dream.

How can we backup what we have in the cloud? The only way we own anything is to have it in our control. Then we can backup and keep our data. We can only backup from the cloud to our device. If everything on our devices is in the cloud how can we keep our own copy?

If you actually own it, then you should be able to bequeath it in your will. If you can’t do that, then you don’t really own it, you just have temporary direction/control over it.


As it is becoming clear. Have been having a problem with Microsoft. I ended up with 2 IDs. There is no way I can even share my documents in the cloud to my 2nd ID. Use the same payment method with both however Have to sign out of one to access cloud docs. The default setting is to save first to the cloud and then to your computer. Think the average consumer has no idea that the cloud is good but unless you have your data on your computer, you do not own it.

I always save locally. I use OneDrive at the moment for storing documents and I have a script that runs every hour and syncs it from my SSD to a spinning rust drive and from there to my NAS. It is also synced to Carbonite.

I am currently looking at moving it from OneDrive to Strato HiDrive (I got 1TB of storage for 1 year at 1€), because Privacy Shield has been thrown out, which means that data, theoretically, can’t be stored on OneDrive any more. The US Government, as part of Privacy Shield had promised a) to appoint a permanent ombudsman (they have received failure to comply notices in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) b) ensure that the data is held to the same privacy standards as in the EU and c) that it can only be accessed by third parties with either the written permission of the identifiable persons in the data or a valid EU court warrant.

They have failed to do any of this. A big part of c) was an excemption to all European data from the Patriot Act/NSLs/FISA requests, which the US Government totally failed to do.

That essentially makes storing any private information on a service with a US presence illegal, so I’m busy looking into alternatives.

The only two services that I see no problem with are LastPass and Carbonite, where the data is encrypted before transmission (TNO), so the service provider never actually has any access to the data.

As to “other” data, I download all of my Audio books from Audible and store them on my NAS as a backup. That has helped, severak of the titles are no longer available on Audible to purchase, although I still seem to be able to download purchased items at the moment.

Until they are commanded by a secret warrant to push out a special client just for you (as the target) whereupon the credentials you know (but they don’t yet know) are secretly collected from you.