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. By: SaM March 24th, 2010 "http://extratorrent.com/article/360/rapidshare+takes+aggressive+approach+against+infringers.html" R.