Rapidshare Takes Aggressive Approach Against Infringers

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  1. Raijen

    Raijen MDL Novice

    Mar 21, 2010
    Added: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
    Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
    Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com

    Rapidshare used to be a serene port for those who wanted to distribute copyrighted material or download it without fear of consequences. However, over the last weeks, the company seems to have been taking an aggressive approach to users downloading or uploading copyrighted content by logging their IPs for legal purposes and instantly terminating accounts.

    Alongside with other file- hosting services like BitTorrent, in the recent years Rapidshare has been successfully increasing its user base. The site ranks among the 50 most visited websites worldwide, having millions of guests each month. Again alongside with other file-sharing services, it hosts a great variety of movies and music material uploaded to the website without the permission of the copyright owners. This has already caused several lawsuits brought up by copyright owners – for example, the last verdict to Rapidshare was to filter several hundreds of book titles in order to avoid such penalties as huge fines and jail time.

    It has never been a secret that most people use Rapidshare as one of the best ways to distribute copyrighted files, having been remained untouched. That all lasted until recently, when some users started to complain about their accounts being terminated for copyright infringement. It really looks like the service decided to concentrate on users sharing copyrighted content, and at least Rapidshare doesn’t deny it.

    Undoubtedly, the reason for such termination policy is an increasing pressure coming from copyright owners, and may easily lead to decision of many users to move over to some other file-sharing services. A spokesperson for Rapidshare has confirmed the process of terminating accounts of those users who proved to distribute illegal content. As far as you remember from the service policy, they have the right to block accounts of users not respecting their terms and condition.

    There’s also some information appearing about scan emails being sent, but yet nobody can verify it. Nevertheless, even without verification it’s not difficult to understand that something has definitely changed inside Rapidshare, and this will result in something, too. The only visible sign of outcome is terminating users’ accounts. We’ll see what’s going to follow.

    March 24th, 2010


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  2. userwords

    userwords MDL Novice

    Aug 26, 2010
    but they like it or not that copyrighted material is the only reason they are where they are, and if they put pressure


    they wont be anymore where they are

    they will be on a lower place because we like that copyrighted material a lot
  3. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

    Jul 26, 2009
    :lol: RS is almost dead now..........
  4. Computer Fixer

    Computer Fixer MDL Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    ummmm..... I think I need another cup of coffee :confused:
  5. joelh

    joelh MDL Novice

    Oct 5, 2010
    Nowadays most of the users in file sharing forums are uploading their documents to the Hotfile network. People lost interest in Rapidshare after they changed to the new model of Rapids and the stopped points.
  6. Therian86

    Therian86 MDL Novice

    Oct 14, 2010
    I have to agree....they used this trick to stay out of legal ways but sadly its no longer working. Its a shape up or get stuck in the blades when the s**t starts to fly around. Laws are becoming more and more "online" and its only a matter of time before we will be held accountable for EVERYTHING we say online.
  7. jlgager

    jlgager MDL Developer

    Oct 30, 2009
    I stopped using rapidshare for a while now for the single reason i could never get a download to start because it always said that the servers were busy.
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  8. Calistoga

    Calistoga MDL Senior Member

    Jul 25, 2009
    #8 Calistoga, Oct 16, 2010
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2010
    Yep, RS is going down
    Red line is hotfile, and the last one is fileserve.

    Google Trends has spoken :animatedfear:

    Yes I agree, this might happen because the people in charge usually got no idea what the Internet is.
  9. benzofree2002

    benzofree2002 MDL Novice

    Jun 1, 2009
    What are scan emails?
  10. gamepoint

    gamepoint MDL Senior Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    use Box.net then.....or mediafire
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