Cyberlockers and Copyright

Cyberlockers are 3rd party file sharing services. Examples of cyberlockers are Dropbox, RapidShare, and Megaupload, which provide users with password-protected spaces online where files can be shared with and downloaded by business colleagues or friends.

Much more convenient than sending file attachments, cyberlockers are very useful for transferring documents or photos between two or more people. Perhaps you’re collaborating on a presentation, or are putting together an online photo album for your family. Simply drop the files in the cyberlocker window through your browser.

The concern by copyright holders is that cyberlockers can hold large files as well, such as movies or music. It is common practice for people to share .avi movies and .mp3 songs through a cyberlocker. They are more difficult to monitor, and are invisible to surveillance tools used by anti-piracy groups and copyright holders.

Cyberlocker service providers are well aware of these risks. For example, the Dropbox terms of use state that compliance with DMCA is required, and that users will only upload, post or otherwise transmit data and/or files that they have the lawful right to use, copy, distribute, transmit or display.

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