Volume: 3 Issue: 1

Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property

Head in the clouds? Overview of cloud computing services

Katie Eckett * * and Florian Koempel *

Keywords: cloud storage, cloud computing, liability of internet service providers, authorization, private copying, e-commerce directive


The authors look at the various forms of cloud computing services and suggest how they could be assessed under current copyright law. It is argued that despite often ideological arguments to the contrary the current copyright framework is well equipped to cover cloud computing services, specifically in view of readily available licensing mechanisms. Licensing addresses possible questions on the liability of cloud computing services thus creating legal clarity for all parties involved – rightholders and cloud computing services as well as consumers.

Author Notes

Katie Eckett is a graduate of music and entertainment industry management at the University of Hertfordshire. This article represents the personal view of the authors and does not constitute legal advice. This article is based on their contribution to the 2012 ALAI Congress in Kyoto on ‘Copyright and Related Rights in the “Cloud” Environment’, <http://www.alai.jp/>. All internet references were accessed on 26 September 2012.

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