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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.

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