File-sharing site RapidShare has apparently decided that it doesn’t want to put up with the headaches that Kim Dotcom dealt with after government officials took down his Megaupload website earlier this year. ReadWrite reports that RapidShare is implementing a download data cap of 1 gigabyte per day for its non-paying users while its subscribers will still have limits of 30 gigabytes per day. The idea is to limit the ability of would-be pirates to widely distribute pirated content illegally to multiple users. ReadWrite says that this cap will only apply “to public downloads, whereas direct Dropbox-style sharing between users won’t be affected.”
RapidShare this week unveiled a new cloud sync and storage solution called RapidDrive. The service competes directly with offerings such as Dropbox and SugarSync, integrating directly with a computer’s file system interface and providing local storage that syncs automatically with remote servers. “With RapidDrive, we are providing a tool that creates an even closer link between cloud storage and the PC environment, which makes it easier to manage files,” RapidShare CEO Alexandra Zwingli said. “RapidDrive is an essential means of simplifying work processes, especially for customers who are regular users of RapidShare at work.” RapidPro customers have access to RapidDrive at additional cost, and the software currently supports Windows only. RapidShare’s press release follows below.
RapidShare is widely known as an invaluable tool for the illegal sharing of copyrighted digital material. Much like Megaupload, which was shuttered earlier this year when company founder Kim Dotcom was arrested and charged with racketeering and violating anti-piracy laws, RapidShare allows users to upload any file and share a link with other users who may then download the content. While some users share files legally with RapidShare, millions more upload copyrighted movies, music and eBooks which are then downloaded illegally by others around the world who find links to the files on blogs or through special search engines. Following a preliminary ruling, a court in Germany has now declared RapidShare to be legal, but it must utilize a monitoring mechanisms if it wishes to remain operational. Read on for more. More →
A court in Germany ruled on Thursday that RapidShare must implement a system that proactively filters user uploads in order to prevent the illegal sharing of copyrighted content. Like Megaupload, which was shuttered earlier this year, RapidShare allows users to upload large files and share them online. The service has become widely known for hosting copyrighted software, music, movies and books that are then shared illegally on forums, blogs and a variety of of other websites. Following verdicts in three separate cases filed by two book publishers and an group representing music publishers called GEMA, the firm has been ordered to take a more active role in preventing infringing content from being uploaded to its servers, TorrentFreak reported. RapidShare has not yet stated whether or not it will appeal the decision.
UPDATE: RapidShare has issued a press release in response to this ruled, which now follows below. More →
Federal prosecutors in Virginia have shut down notorious file-sharing site Megaupload.com and charged the service’s founders with violating piracy laws. The Associated Press broke the story on Thursday, reporting that the indictment accuses Megaupload.com’s owner with costing copyright holders including record labels and movie studios more than $500 million in lost revenue. Seven people tied to Megaupload.com have been charged and four are already in custody, including the site’s founder Kim Dotcom. Dotcom earned $42 million from the the site in 2010 according to the indictment. Megaupload.com allowed users to upload and share content without any measures in place to ensure files being hosted on the site’s servers were not protected by copyright. The company claims that it responded to copyright complaints as they were received. According to court documents made available on Thursday, Megaupload.com was at one point the 13th most trafficked website in the world. More →