Watch out for that Dropbox Public Folder

Be careful what you put in your Dropbox public folder, their terms are draconian,

While you own the content contained in Your Files, you hereby grant all other Dropbox users a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your public folder. In addition, you hereby grant Dropbox users who have been given access to your shared folder a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, sublicensable, perpetual and irrevocable right and license to use and exploit Your Files in your shared folder. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to grant these licenses.

8 thoughts on “Watch out for that Dropbox Public Folder

  1. Sabrina – this is actually very common, and unexpected. It’s basically just saying that by putting stuff in your PUBLIC folder that you agree that other users might use the stuff that you put in your PUBLIC folder.

    Nothing “gobsmacking” at all, really.

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  2. There’s no need to be unduly alarmed over this. Of course one should use discretion about what one puts in the public folder. This kind of legalese is used by companies for one purpose and one purpose only: to cover their ass legally. In a world where every kind of unscrupulous action can and does occur online, I can hardly blame them. It doesn’t mean the company is out to screw you; it means you should use reasonable discretion.

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