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How I think Google Drive will deal with piracy:
- You can upload all the .avi, .mkv, .mp3., .flac that you want, storage for "popular" files is free and unlimited. The files can be pirated, it does not matter. Only yourself can access your own uploads of pirated content anyway.

- Copyright owners can opt to not allow their files be shared between Google Drive accounts. Meaning you can upload that copyrighted movie to your Google Drive account but you can't share it with anyone else, not until the copyright owner decides to allow it.

Google pretty much knows instantly when pirated files are uploaded. They can detect it by digital and analog fingerprints. Google pretty much already knows who are the copyright owners of every piece of video and audio content. For the remaining, copyright owners can claim ownership of content and decide what they want to allow happen with those shares on Google Drive.

- Encrypted files can maybe not be shared on Google Drive. At least not for unverified free Google Drive account holders. Meaning you cannot encrypt that movie into an encrypted .rar file and share that without restriction. Sharing of encrypted files may only be possible for people who have a verified account, maybe are paying for the extra storage already and agree to the terms of service that they may not share encrypted pirated content, if Google detects that they do, their account can be terminated instantly and the user banned or a huge fine can be charged to re-activate a such account.

- Sharing of Google Account to share pirated content can easily be detected by Google and it can be forbidden. If you try to give your Google Account details to family or friends so they can download pirated content from your Google Drive account, Google can terminate or ban your Google Drive account, make you pay a fine to re-activate a such account. The way they can detect it is if 2 IP addresses located far from each other accesses pirated content on a Google Drive account at the same time or at times that are too close to each other. Also Google can detect if a computer or IP address was used to access completely different Google user profiles that also is a red flag for them to detect when someone is trying to share a Google Drive account to share pirated content.

- Google may provide a way to instantly "beam" popular files to your Google Drive account. Meaning you don't even need to manually upload them. Just have the Google Drive uploader app on your Desktop and if it detects Google Drive already has a copy of that file, you don't actually need to upload it for it to be added to your Google Drive.

- You basically get something like 5GB or 10GB free storage on Google Drive. Then you pay for extra storage only for the unique personal files you want uploaded. For example $20/yr for 80GB, similar to the current prices for storage on Docs/Picasa.

- Thus you got unlimited space for your pirated music on Google Music. You get unlimited space for your pirated movies and TV shows on Google Drive. But, streaming of all that video content to your devices may not be free and unlimited. Streaming of video content, especially HD movies is the most bandwidth consuming feature of the Internet, so maybe they limit video streaming somehow or make it a paid feature where you have to pay for the bandwidth used, for example $1 per 10GB bandwidth used for video streaming. You can stream the original files/bitrates and I think Google can probably also provide encoded lower resolutions/bitrates to adapt to your available bandwidth.

- You can add as much free storage you want using Pogoplug-like functionality. Connect your own Hard drives to your Google Entertainment System, or to your Google TV box, and it gets instantly added to your Google Drive for free. But, files are not necessarily uploaded to Google's cloud storage, the files are hosted on your home connection for you and simply also available for your Android devices to stream and access through your Google Drive account. So if you want to add 2TB or 3TB to your Google Drive, you can just connect your hard drive at home like that. Optimally Google provides a system that keeps the hard drive turned off most of the time and only turns it on when you remotely need to access it. Thus the hard drive can be off for 99.99% of the time since you only need it to be on when you need to access the files on it. Also, it can slowly beam all the popular/pirated files to your Google Drive automatically so those are always available to you even if you disconnect your own hard drive.
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+Nicolas Charbonnier "Google pretty much knows instantly when pirated files are uploaded." What is your definition of 'pirated'? Isn't a file pirated defined by an action taken with it, such as sharing it or selling it without the right to? Simply uploading a file that someone holds a copyright on doesn't make it pirated. It could have been purchased. Right? ...Or am I the one missing something?
 
+Tex Mitchell by pirated I mean music, video content that can be found on p2p networks, that people might want to "illegally" share with other people. I mean the content which there are copyright owners that can be defined and that Google can provide the controls to decide how those files may or may not be shared on Google Drive, on Google Music and even on YouTube.

The best result I think would be for all the movies and TV shows in the world becoming a part of YouTube to be streamed either for free ad-supported, or only for people subscribing to a new Netflix/Hulu-like $10/month YouTube Premium subscription of some kind.

What I mean to say is just as for YouTube's Content ID system, Google already has a pretty good idea when an uploaded file is shareable or if it must remain private within that Google Drive account.
 
+Nicolas Charbonnier You seem to have skipped over my point. You said "Google pretty much knows instantly when pirated files are uploaded." Say a song being pirated on p2p sites but then other people are purchasing that song. When I copy it to Google Drive, they would have no way of determining where I got it and so would have no way to determine if my file was a legitimately purchased song or a pirated one. The fact that a song is pirated doesn't make all instances of that file pirated.
 
+Tex Mitchell you can upload or beam any file to your Google Drive. But Google knows when you may Share it with other Google Drive users and when you may not.. You may not distribute copyrighted content using Google Drive without the permission of the copyright owner, basically.
 
Sounds great ...hope it's not U.S only ..
 
"Encrypted files can maybe not be shared on Google Drive. At least not for unverified free Google Drive account holders. Meaning you cannot encrypt that movie into an encrypted .rar file and share that without restriction."

For this to work Google needs to prevent you uploading files they cannot read. That makes little sense on a file storage service like Dropbox and I presume Google Drive. What if I wish to keep a file made an application I created that Google does not have any knowledge about? I should be able to do that.
 
+Ketil Nordstad yup. You may only share files Google can read. You can share files Google can't read only if you have let's say for example advanced payment of $20/yr for 80GB extra data, and a history on Google that makes your account verified. Then they let you share files which they can't read, but if they get any red flags about you likely sharing pirated content and if they are able to detect that you shared pirated content, they can then terminate your account and not re-imburse the $20 and require you pay another bunch of money if you even want to be considered your Google Drive account re-opened.
 
Sounds like I will keep my Dropbox Subscription.
 
+Ketil Nordstad ok.. I like the idea of it being 10x cheaper than dropbox and even support terrabytes of pirated files (for personal non-shareable use) for free, and also support that I add my own hard drives to my cloud storage for free (if I host them at home).
 
That is true. If I move all my photos to the much cheaper Picasa I might be able to stop paying for Dropbox anyway. I have not check out the pricing for Picasa in a long time. Did so thanks to your post.
 
+Ketil Nordstad I've been using Google Docs with the $20/yr 80GB storage for over a year now. I use it often to share my original camcorder video file samples. I expect Google to combine YouTube and Google Drive, provide direct download of original video files uploaded to YouTube if the uploader opts-in providing that original file, that can be renamed.
 
"If you try to give your Google Account details to family or friends so they can download pirated content from your Google Drive account, Google can terminate or ban your Google Drive account"

But sharing withing the family or to close friends isn't even illegal! And what if all the family members use "the living room pad"?

"[Google] can detect it is if 2 IP addresses located far from each other accesses pirated content on a Google Drive account at the same time [...]"

Hey, I want to be able to access my computer at home remotely when I'm working from abroad! Jeez...
 
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Encrypted files can maybe not be shared on Google Drive. At least not for unverified free Google Drive account holders. Meaning you cannot encrypt that movie into an encrypted .rar file and share that without restriction. Sharing of encrypted files may only be possible for people who have a verified account, maybe are paying for the extra storage already and agree to the terms of service that they may not share encrypted pirated content, if Google detects that they do, their account can be terminated instantly and the user banned or a huge fine can be charged to re-activate a such account.
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I'm a physiotherapist and i need to encrypt my data for a professionnal exchange with doctors or another physiotherapist.

So it's necessary for me to do such things.
and it's not piracy to do that.
 
+Per Siden Google does not have to allow sharing of copyrighted content. No need for them to do the Megaupload thing. Google knows what is copyrighted and they know to limit sharing between accounts.

About that IP address checking, you can use your account yourself of course, but as soon as Google detects your account is accessed by two IP addresses at the same time, especially IP addresses which Google can detect are not close to each other, not even at the same time but in times that are too close to be able for you to travel using an airplane or car depending on distances and times between each attempt at logging in, also Google can detect things like cookies, and they can detect when someone tries to clear cookies before accessing pirated content etc. They can detect devices as Google Play and other apps often pings Google's servers, so they really know the likelihood of you accessing your files or if it looks like you are trying to share your account username/password for someone else to download your pirated files.
 
+Gildas Ribot Google Drive is encrypted and on https, do you really need to re-encrypt your files on the encrypted system? The advantage of Google Drive is to let Google do deep file level searches and data analysis for your data.
 
I find it quite irrelevant from where and from which of my devices I log in, +Nicolas Charbonnier. Now if there are a suspicious number of devices logged in at the same time, say 5 or more, then they could simply log out the one first logged in. Problem solved.

Legal issues aside, of course it is up to Google what service they want to provide. And up to us users if we like to use it.
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