I am guessing they (Dropbox) are being paid to do this.i.e. This now makes it impossible to share copyrighted material because if someone does, then whoever shares it would have to share the username and password. Which, I suppose, makes it easy to pinpoint who shared what and when and no denying it. And yes I am a conspiracy theorist lol!
The old public links contained the user ID in the URL, and those would be associated with a single person.
And the awful new shared links, despite using a different mechanism, are similarly tied to a single person's account.
Nothing really changes in respect to copyright infringers here, though with the awful new system, it is I imagine, much easier for dropbox to conclusively assess which other users have accessed the file.
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The news from 4 months ago said that HTML pages can no longer be served via the public folder, it said absolutely NOTHING about the public folder going away - I have thought this would mean you'd simply refuse to serve such files or serve it with the application/octet-stream mimetype. I find this ironic because dropbox at some stage auto-generated an index.html file for each level in the public folder. IMO this is a very nasty and unwelcome bait and switch. I also think your "new share page" is complete and utter aids. I have no need for the forced community/social media aspect of it, and the last time someone linked me to a tiny little webm using it, it played back at 5 SPF (that is seconds per frame) because the page itself for whatever reason added so much overhead.
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