macOS users experience Google Drive copy infringement issues

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A misinterpretation of the ‘.ds_store’ files in Google Drive are affecting some macOS users.

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Google Drive users are getting notifications through their email that says ‘the file violates Google Drive’s terms of service’. Upon closer inspection, it’s the .ds_store files that’s causing the false positive within the company’s automated scanning system.

Social media platforms, including Reddit have reported that their Google Drive warnings are activated by the .ds_store file, which contains custom attributes related to the folder it’s stored in. It’s typically hidden but does appear in instances such as a ZIP archive, for example.

It’s believed that the .ds_store is cursing hash issues between the file and known copyrighted content. When this happens, the platform puts out a warning and the process is halted.

Google Drive users have experienced similar issues before- in January, files that had several numbers in its name were considered content that contained copyright violations.

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Samantha Wiley

Samantha is a senior news editor at iLounge. She has been covering the technology industry for over five years, writing about Apple, Google, and other major companies. Samantha has also worked as a reporter and editor for several other publications.