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RapidShare Threatens Suit Over Piracy Allegations 183

Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that RapidShare, named as a contributor to digital piracy by a MarkMonitor report, has threatened to sue for defamation. 'This defamation of RapidShare as a digital piracy site is absurd and we reserve the right to take legal action against MarkMonitor,' says RapidShare in a statement. 'RapidShare is a legitimate company that offers its customers fast, simple and secure storage and management of large amounts of data via our servers.' MarkMonitor, a Web site that specializes in 'enterprise brand protection,' says in their study that the most-trafficked domains engaged in digital piracy included three sites —,, and — that combined yielded 21 billion pageviews per year. RapidShare acknowledged that copyrighted files do get uploaded to its site, however 'these users are in the absolute minority compared with those who use our services to pursue perfectly legitimate interests.' RapidShare says that it does not open and view the files of its users, and contains no search function so that other users may look for content."
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RapidShare Threatens Suit Over Piracy Allegations

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  • RapidShare (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13, 2011 @05:51AM (#34859490)

    RapidShare has saved my bacon more than once when my radio station server was borked and I couldn't ftp to it, so I uploaded my news stories to RapidShare and the news director could get my stories before the deadline for final editing (and I got to be the tech hero).

    I've also used it for sharing my personal files, photos, video, etc. with friends all over the world.

    RapidShare is a great service for legitimate uses.

  • by somersault (912633) on Thursday January 13, 2011 @06:02AM (#34859560) Homepage Journal

    When I've downloaded custom ROMs for my phones in the last few years (which are legal when it comes to Android at least), they are often hosted on RapidShare.

    I'm with AC on this one.

  • by Drethon (1445051) on Thursday January 13, 2011 @07:10AM (#34859918)
    Yeah, the open pandora gaming system [] got blocked on e-bay for a while as a pirate system that could play imports. After some discussion the pandora people were able to get e-bay to understand it is simply a tiny linux laptop and has little more/less capability than any other computer being sold on e-bay...

We can found no scientific discipline, nor a healthy profession on the technical mistakes of the Department of Defense and IBM. -- Edsger Dijkstra