Continuing the discussion from We’re in the Mastercoin Roadmap:
From what I understood,
Storage is charged by the Network regardless of private or public status. The last I recall, it cost Safecoin to PUT data onto the Network, above the free amount (this amount has not been determined yet.)
Assume the free amount was 1Gb.
If I upload a 10Gb blockchain file, that has not been uploaded yet, it will cost me Safecoin for the remaining 9Gb of data. When another user tries to upload the same file, the Network will recognize it and just meta tag the file instead of charging that user Safecoin for 9Gb.
The APP incentive pays Safecoin based GET request popularity. So this may be where you’re getting it crossed. The APP usage is not exactly the same as a de-duplicated file. A person does not need an APP to reference/access a de-duplicated file.
However, I can see where one would to create an APP that “middleman’s” the API gateway to access the de-duplicated file. For example, a wallet APP that references the blockchain ledger. That wallet APP would get paid Safecoin based on the APP incentive model. Another example, would be a video APP that points to videos already uploaded to the Network. So instead of hosting the storage for those videos, the video APP collects Safecoin for referring other users to those videos.
The APP owner, need not even upload the original blockchain file. They could just wait for one to be uploaded by someone else and then upload their wallet APP afterwards.
This does raise some questions about how the APP Incentive Model will be used. @frabrunelle and myself want to do a MaidSafe Mumble chat to talk about this in more detail.
I won’t get into my personal view as to what is a fair pay model. But I am concerned how this will burden the farmers on the Network. They have to service an overwhelming demand of GET requests if APPs are created to take advantage of de-duplication. If the farmers are not being compensated enough, I fear it would hinder Network growth.