Streamnation (formerly Stream Nation) is one of the most comprehensive solutions we’ve tested for storing and streaming your photos and videos, and today, it gets a bit better. The service now lets you share movies and TV shows you’ve ripped to your computer (and then uploaded to the cloud) with friends. Streamnation 2.0’s tentpole feature sounds a little too good to be true, but founder Jonathan Benassaya isn’t worried. After navigating digital rights for years as the co-founder of music-streaming service Deezer, he couldn’t be more confident about his new solution for sharing your content.
Sharing works like this: you upload a video, choose to make it available on your profile, and add some friends. At this point, friends can see your shared videos within their library and stream them on demand to any internet-connected computer or iOS device. If a friend begins watching a movie, it becomes inaccessible to you, just as it would in real life. “We’ve recreated physical borrowing in digital, with same restrictions,” Benassaya stresses. “The concept of borrowing inside of fair use is restricted to friends and family, and since there is no copy involved, you are not distributing multiple copies of the same content to your friends.”
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