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  1. Michael R
    Michael R at |

    I am not sure I understand the concern. If you put something in a “Public” folder then of course anyone can use it as they will. And, if you give someone the authorization to a “Shared” folder then they likewise have the access “you” give them.

    Sounds like they have only made the obvious point clear.

  2. Michael R
    Michael R at |

    Right you are but if someone does use your image on Flickr you should have no expectation that Flickr will protect or compensate you for any violation of your copyrights. It appears that Dropbox is just making this point clear.

  3. Florent V.
    Florent V. at |

    Shantanu, actually I’m not sure this clause is valid. In most countries, giving or selling a license must be an agreement between two persons/entities. You cannot write “this is an agreement between you and me, and by this agreement you grant other persons such and such rights”. I think the whole clause is invalid and should be struck down.

    I guess the Dropbox guys just tried to protect themselves, but messed up this one. There is no need for a particular license here. If I download content from someone’s Public folder on getdropbox.net, I shouldn’t get any license to do anything other than the right to use it for myself. If I redistribute the content while I don’t have the rights (through a Creative Commons license for instance, or some other agreement between me and the content owner), this is piracy. That’s how it works for content proposed by content owners anywhere on the Internet, whether on Flickr or on someone’s blog or hosting account.

    Well, I guess that second paragraph is just stating the obvious.

  4. Tristan
    Tristan at |

    Did you get any update on this? I’ve just started using Dropbox for work and it’s a bit of a concern.

    I think people are correct in thinking that this is just to cover Dropbox incase people use the public folder for sensitive files and then want to sue dropbox.

    We’ll see.

  5. Storm
    Storm at |

    The EULA is changed, but only for your SHARED FOLDERS. The text regarding your PUBLIC FOLDER remains the same. Put anything there and it’s out of your hands, for others to exploit as they see fit.

    I just deleted my Public folder. Will be using Apples iDisk for that.

    Other than that, DropBox is a really well executed solution.

  6. jose
    jose at |

    Hey guys what about uploading already copyrighted files into tzhe shared folder …. is it illegal for example to share my favorite mp3s ???

  7. Hellkeepa
    Hellkeepa at |


    That depends entirely upon the laws in your country, their license, and possibly who you’re sharing those files with.

    Happy syncin’!

  8. Will
    Will at |

    I want “shared public folders” – basically I want to allow my friends to be able to make changes in the folders that I have set as available publicly. Dropbox doesn’t have this yet, but they are thinking about adding that feature. Vote it up in priority here: https://www.dropbox.com/votebox/784/share-public-folder-or-make-public-folders-out-of-shared-folders

  9. Pat
    Pat at |

    While I am not a lawyer, I pay attention to these things, and in general, it is very difficult to sign your rights away. If you go to an amusement park – regardless of what it says on the back of your ticket – if the safety bar on the roller-coaster breaks, the park is liable. Sort of the same deal here. By simply putting a file in a publicly accessible place, you do not abdicate your ownership/copyright on that work. This is akin to saying if you put your guitar case down on park bench and take your hand off of it, you no longer own it and anyone is free to take it. Finders keepers is not the law. Copyright can be complicated, but according to established international law, no notice of ownership need be given for copyright to apply – i.e., the old line “All Rights Reserved” is implicit.

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