Lynnwood, WA asked in Consumer Law and Copyright for Washington

Q: Is the website PDFDrive legal to use?

I’ve been using it for a day or two now and I’m really scared I’ll face legal repercussions

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Steve Charles Vondran
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  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • San Francisco, CA

A: This is general legal information only and not legal advice. This is a very good question. It appears their site is a bit like google (where you can search for pictures and images. They allow you to search PDF's but this does not necessarily mean you have legal rights to reproduce, share, distribute or copy the final content (you "might" be allowed to READ IT, but I would be very careful before downloading or sharing the content.

BE VERY CAREFUL as copyright Plaintiff's can be very aggressive, I deal with many of the biggest names in anti-piracy enforcement.

According to the policy:


PDF Drive lets you download files from the public web using its servers – the servers act as a proxy for you. This means that no data is controlled by us and you must have the legal right to download the content you are accessing through our servers; this site should not be used for any other purpose. If you want to check the legitimacy of the data you wish to fetch with PDF Drive, please contact the relevant content distributors and/or data hosts. This site was created to allow you to download data found on the Web such as articles, books, as well as files hosted in cloud storage services, such as database exports or large media resources.

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