There's no more fussing about with shared folders when using Dropbox any more, as the cloud storage service has just added the ability to share ANY file in your Dropbox account.
It works with a simple right-click through the Dropbox menu (or icons within the web and mobile apps), where a new "Get Link" tab now appears. Clicking on this generates a URL to that particular file, letting you ping the address out to anyone. Pics and videos display on a Dropbox branded web page, with movie files streaming in through a Flash player.
It may well turn Dropbox into some sort of Megaupload-inspired heaven for illegal file sharers, but we'll let the Dropbox lawyers worry about that. [Dropbox]
Update: We've received a statement from Dropbox just to clarify that it's not turning into potential piracy haven:
“Dropbox explicitly prohibits copyright abuse. We’ve put in place a number of measures to ensure that our sharing feature is not misused. For example, there’s a copyright flag on every page allowing for easy reporting, we place bandwidth limits on downloads, and we prohibit users from creating links to files that have been subject to a DMCA notice. We want to offer an easy way for people to share their life’s work while respecting the rights of others.”