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How do they decide which copyrighted content to delete? The files in the Dropbox are by default not public. Merely having copyrighted files in your Dropbox is certainly no violation of copyright law.

At which point does it become illegal? Is sharing it with one or two people ok? I would think that even putting it in your public folder is not necessarily illegal: What if you don't share the link publicly (or only with one or two people)?

Services like Rapidshare thrive on those ambiguities. They let you upload any file and give you a link, only after this link really becomes public will they take down copyrighted content (which introduces a time delay).

I have actually never seen that happen with Dropbox links (which, I think, is the right strategy for them: It would be bad for their brand if they were to become "that piracy website"), so they must be doing something different.




I have copyrighted material in my Dropbox right now. It's copyrighted by me and my business partners. We're making a film and the material on our dropbox will eventually make it into the public eye.

We're not Big Media people, but what about other content creators? Especially musical collaborators...


> Merely having copyrighted files in your Dropbox is certainly no violation of copyright law.

Actually, it could be. Copyright means exactly that: the right to copy.


Yes, and having a copy of something doesn't mean that you don't have the right to have this copy.


Copyright law is quite a bit more complicated than that. It's at any rate not only the copyright owner who is allowed to make a copy. You can, for example, rip your CDs and copy those files on your HDD as often as you want.


Actually strictly speaking under the copyright law in this country, you cannot. It says "all rights reserved" on my CDs, and one of those rights is literally the right to copy. Bear in mind these laws were written a long time ago, when consumers did not have the means to make unauthorised copies, to prevent mass infringement.


You can. 17 U.S.C. § 1008 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/1008.html) allows consumers to make non-commercial copies (both digital and analog).

As I said, copyright law is quite complex and full of exceptions and clarifications.




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