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.