One of the battles in CAD is over this question: Who owns the data? Users like to think that they do, but CAD vendors instead act as if they do by employing tricks that make it hard for users to do simple things, like separate their data from the CAD system.
(It is ironic that CAD vendors call their software "tools," a term that appears to emphasize the distance between the tool and the result, when in CAD it is the tools that define the result. Object enablers, anyone?)
CAD vendors are looking to the cloud as a way to further lock up your data by injecting it into their data storage systems. Besides being afraid to speak the price they will charge end-users, they are vague on where the data will be stored. Dassault has said "somewhere else, first; on our servers, eventually." Autodesk has named Amazon and a couple of other brand names, "but not on our own servers." You're not supposed to worry.
As WikiLeaks tries to dodge the noose that's tightening around its head (figurative and literal), interesting information has come out about storing data in the cloud. Here's the reason Amazon kicked WikiLeak's data off its cloud system (source):
Amazon Web Services (AWS) rents computer infrastructure on a self-service basis. AWS does not pre-screen its customers, but it does have terms of service that must be followed. WikiLeaks was not following them. There were several parts they were violating. For example, our terms of service state that “you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content… that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity.” It’s clear that WikiLeaks doesn’t own or otherwise control all the rights to this classified content
So if Autodesk is going to act as an intermediary in depositing your CAD data with AWS, then it better be clear to all parties who owns the data -- clear to you, Autodesk, and Amazon. Fog -- in the form of object enablers, proprietary formats, and encrypted data -- make it difficult for users to warrant that they control all the rights to the data.
CAD vendors will have to do a McNeel: make all of their file formats fully documented, or risk having their cloudy plans turn stormy.
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(As a side note, I find it fascinating that private industry is the one making life difficult for WikiLeaks. Perhaps because private industry is worried what this wiki might leak all over them. Government appears to be failing in its primary role of providing protection for the people it governs.
(Here, for example, is the view from Germany's public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle: "As the organization faces swift pressure from American government authorities, Europe welcomes it. Three American companies have denied service to WikiLeaks after pressure from a US senator." Not true, but then Europeans have rarely understood how the American-style of government works.)
Headlines from various news sources:
France seeks to bar hosting WikiLeaks website
French minister declares war on WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks Strikes Back and Moves to Switzerland
With New Swiss Host, WikiLeaks Continues to Publish
WikiLeaks.ch (Swizerland) goes down as EveryDNS pulls the plug again ("WikiLeaks site was shut down after electronic attacks threatened the stability of access to other websites.")
Library of Congress Blocks Access To Wikileaks ("The Library decided to block Wikileaks because applicable law obligates federal agencies to protect classified information.")
PayPal Announces It Will No Longer Handle Wikileaks Donations ("PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity.")