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Dropbox Allows Sharing Via Links (Not Unlike Megaupload.com)

by Adriana Lee | April 23, 2012April 23, 2012 4:45 pm PDT

Seems like the spirit of the now-defunct Megaupload lives on in, of all places, Dropbox. The popular file-sharing cloud service has taken a feature off beta and debuted it now so that anyone can share an individual file by sending a link to it. This isn’t too unusual, as other similar services allow for the same thing. But as innocuous as that sounds, some are noting that this feature is at least partly why Megaupload.com got into such hot water.

The site — whose operators were charged with various counts of criminal conspiracy, including racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering — also allowed people to send direct links for accessing files. Alone, this is no big deal, but it was linked to a lack of a “search” feature for its content, leading accusers to the conclusion that the site was trying to hide stolen or pirated material.

Dropbox probably won’t have a search function either, but it’s doubtful that the long arm of the law will go after the service. But that would raise some questions, wouldn’t it? Like, just what do prosecutors consider concrete evidence in a criminal investigation of a tech company?

[via TechDirt, source Dropbox blog]

Edited for clarity


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...

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