It’s not a big surprise that some people use Google Drive, one of the biggest cloud storage service in the world, to store pirated video content. But Google Drive has a way of detecting copyrighted material and blocking users from sharing them.
After getting a tip from a reader who received an error message when they tried to share a Google Drive link of a Hollywood movie, TorrenkFreak delved deeper into the issue. While Google was unable to comment on it, TorrentFreak went through a transcript from a Copyright Office Roundtable in the US last year and found more information on how Drive checks for pirated content.
According to Google’s legal director for copyright Fred Von Lohman, Drive uses matches the hash of copyrighted video content with files that are stored by users to identify pirated content. Google does this on a voluntary basis.
It’s likely that, much like its rival Dropbox, Google notes down the unique hashes of content from takedown requests they receive.
TorrentFreak noted that simply storing pirated content doesn’t seem to raise any alarm bells with Google Drive.