Google Drive suddenly started blocking files that literally contained a
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Google Drive suddenly started blocking files that literally contained a copyright infringement number

There is a strange bug in Google Drive. Completely harmless files have been flagged by the platform as violating Google’s Terms of Service, allegedly for copyright infringement. dr Emily Dolson of the University of Michigan, USA, received a copyright violation after trying to upload a text file that only contained the number “1”.

Image source: Google

Image source: Google

The notification that Dr. Dolson did not provide details of the violation, merely stating that a file named output04.txt violated the service’s policy. It is not clear what caused Google’s aggressive actions: the name or the content of the file. Of course, the number “1” is present in all copyrighted digital works, but hardly anyone has registered it as a trademark. Other Google Drive users have reported a similar issue with other numbers, including “0”.

Image source: Dr.  Emily Dolson

Image source: Dr. Emily Dolson

It was later revealed that the problem was caused by a bug. The Google Drive team said they are aware of the issue and are working on a fix. Now the service is working properly. Google has not yet explained what the problem was.

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