He understands it perfectly, there is just a reluctance to mention money, which is the underlying reasoning here, I believe. As he says, being an affiliate costs nothing. You become an affiliate with FJ and you can potentially make money for them. If you decide to also become a premium member, well, now you’re making money for them and also paying them. But you are then NOT a “regular” premium member, you’re an “affiliated” premium member.
That puts you in the category being discussed here, I believe. If anyone is just an affiliate and not just a premium member they can be disallowed to download content that is put up by other affiliates if those affiliates request it. As stated earlier, I’m pretty sure that’s an attempt to stop other affiliates from re-uploading said content, although, anyone not associated or affiliated AT ALL with FJ can still download content (sometimes free, if very slowly) and then put it up anywhere else using any number of hosts. The whole thing is counterintuitive and a bit useless. It stops nothing.
But the point being made in these last posts, it’s a bit of a catch-22. Affiliates can, in their entirety, be blocked from downloading whatever content the posting affiliate doesn’t want them to be able to download. If you have nothing to do with FJ at all other than being a paid premium user, this doesn’t affect you, you’re just a customer. But if you are an affiliate and also a paid premium member, just being an affiliate is enough for this restriction to take effect. Hence, the repeated claims from Maximillian that regular premium users are not blocked from anything, which is true. It’s just not being said that YOU as an affiliated premium user are being blocked. Again, it’s a marketing thing, they don’t want to outright say you’re right.
And the suggestion to contact webmaster support will do what? There’s a chance they’ll let you specifically download something they’ve already blocked you from downloading at another affiliate’s request? That, then, renders this whole “feature” for affiliates useless.