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RapidShare implements download data cap to ward off potential pirates

Published Nov 19th, 2012 8:17PM EST

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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.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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