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Can you go to google.com/somethingyouwantforfree and just download it?

No, no you can't.

There is a wildly obvious difference here and unless you're being deliberately dishonest, you'd have to be a complete idiot not to see it.




Dropbox public folders?

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If they're of any appreciable size, they're paid for by the people hosting, not downloading. You do know this, right?

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Of course.... but who pays (and for what, exactly) is somewhat immaterial. You're able to post public links to files and get (effectively) unlimited downloads via Dropbox too. It was a counter-example to your Google.com/yourdesiredfile

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Who pays (and why) is hardly immaterial when it has a defining effect on how the site is actually used. There's a good reason as to why Google and Dropbox can easily claim legitimacy while Mega has to struggle.

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