Firedrive

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Firedrive
Fire drive logo.png
Web address http://www.firedrive.com
Slogan

[2010–2014] Easily store, manage and share files with anyone

[2014–] Free cloud storage for Everyone
Commercial? Yes
Type of site File Hosting/Cloud Storage
Registration Optional
Available in English
Alexa rank Decrease 309 (May 2013)[1]

Firedrive, formerly known as PutLocker, is a Singapore based (with UK presence) cloud storage and file hosting service founded in 2010. It offers 50GB free storage and premium paid plans. In 2014, Forbes included FireDrive in their top six picks of free cloud storage services for entrepreneurs.[2]

PutLocker was re-branded as "Firedrive" on February 12, 2014 and became a cloud storage platform service.[3]

Features[edit]

Firedrive allows for access to media files without the need to download them. Video files are automatically converted to a streaming format, audio files are playable via a web based player, and images are embedded directly into the page. Firedrive currently does not limit the number of files a user can upload to their account; the maximum file upload size is set at 50GB.

FireDrive is not only a storage service; it also offers groups, profiles, file drops and advanced document managing, and some files can be accessed without downloading them (e.g., video files can be streamed). Also, all the uploaded information is encrypted. [4]

PutLocker's free version offers 50GB of space upon registration. Other plans are available as well: the Pro plan offers 1TB for $2.99 monthly, and the Executive plan offers unlimited storage for $29.99[clarification needed][5]

Reception[edit]

On March 17, 2014, Forbes named Firedrive.com as one of its Top 6 Picks in "Free Cloud Storage For Entrepreneurs" praising its 50GB of free storage space for new members, social integration, as well as its earlier than most patch of the Heartbleed exploit.[6]

BDTechie included Firedrive amongst their “Top 5 Best Cloud Storage Sites”, highliting its feature to create a one-time link download for a file, and FTP support. [7]

Legal issues[edit]

After Megaupload's shutdown, PutLocker's traffic was "on the rise" according to Chris King, a director of product marketing with Palo Alto Networks.[8] However, a Paramount Pictures executive named PutLocker as one of five "rogue sites" on March 31, 2012, at the On Copyright conference.[9] The site responded with a statement on April 3, 2012.[10] PutLocker maintains that it's fully compliant with the standards laid out in the DMCA, reviewing and serializing any reported content that is deemed in breach of their terms of service.[11] This is proven, as pronounced, by the fact that less than two-percent of the files uploaded to their servers are subsequently flagged as infringing of copyright. This is, in their words "A strong indication of the amount of legitimate usage we provide to the online community".

Furthermore, PutLocker claimed its corporate structure was never designed to evade authorities;[12] in fact it states that it cooperates with law enforcement agencies when necessary as outlined in the privacy policy.[13]

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