Pipe Gets Facebook Users Sharing More

Pipe WebsitePipe may soon become the Dropbox of Facebook, since it will soon allow Facebook users to file share.

The app, set to be unveiled a the London Web Summit later this week, allows users to send up to 1 GB files to other users through a classical drag-and-drop action.

When a user sends a file to one of his friends through Pipe, the friend receives a Facebook chat message that prompts him to install the Pipe app and follow the video instructions in order to get the file transferred.

Pipe uses Adobe’s Real Time Media Protocol Flow (RTMFP) communication protocol, which was not designed for file-sharing, but for letting Flash or AIR apps communicate with another.

The Real-Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP) is a communication protocol from Adobe that enables direct end user to end user peering communication between multiple instances of the Adobe® Flash® Player client and applications built using the Adobe AIR® framework for the delivery of rich, live, real-time communication.

In a digital world obsessed with sharing, Pipe is an app that Facebook users might enjoy. Facebook benefits from users spending even more time on the site. Plus, it is expected that Facebook would avoid copyright infringement since the file-sharing wouldn’t involve their servers.

3 Responses to “Pipe Gets Facebook Users Sharing More”

  1. “Plus, it is expected that Facebook would avoid copyright infringement since the file-sharing wouldn’t involve their servers.”

    FB making the app available via their social network might make them liable for damages regardless. The lawyers will have a field day with this app; aiding and abetting, accomplice, etc.

    • If you want to expand this problem, even the air that we breath can be sued. Not to mention the pics shared on FB or the videos from Youtube.
      Remember the case that Viacom(MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon) lost against Youtube for copyright infringement. In that case, the infringed materials were on Youtube servers.
      As long as the exchanged files are not shared on Facebook and Pipe servers, it would be hard to sue them and I doubt Facebook doesn’t have a good team of lawyers.

      • The air we breathe is an inanimate object, not a person or a corporation. I am sure FB has an army of lawyers ready to do battle with anyone who dares believe in intellectual property rights regardless of the extent of FB’s explicit involvement.

        I wonder how FB would feel if an app were developed that found its use in sharing FB software? I wonder why “everyone” becomes so hot under the collar at the (alleged) wide spead theft of intellectual property rights in China yet sharing movies, music, pictures, etc. that are not the property of the sharer is AOK.

        We truly do live in interesting times. Cheating is rampant in schools, business, etc. yet file-sharing of intellectual property is apparently not actually stealing and the folk who provide the ability to do so should not be held accountable?