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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Germany Ordered RapidShare To Use Filtering

Germany Ordered RapidShare To Use Filtering

Germany Ordered RapidShare To Use Filtering

Added: Monday, March 26th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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German court has ruled that the famous file-sharing service RapidShare had to apply filtering policies.


Due to the actions of some parties that complained about RapidShare, the country’s court of law ordered the cyberlocker to implement a filtering system in order to block infringing content present within their servers.

After discussing the matter, the German court ruled that the file-sharing service could be easily found guilty for facilitating access to violating content, because of its users’ activity. Unlike well-known MegaUpload, the business model of RapidShare is based on a structured file storage and sharing platform, which allows it to keep distance for piracy.

The matter is that RapidShare has cut anonymous ufile sharing speed to 30 Kbps, redirecting the users to select an account from which they can be monitored. The trouble is that a lot of pirates prefer anonymity in order to avoid the authorities’ efforts to catch them.

This means that the responsibility for illegal content stored on their servers lies now on RapidShare’s shoulders. This sets a precedent for similar file-sharing services that might be ordered to scan their servers for unauthorized material, allegedly reducing pirated content.

It is unclear whether this will work out or not. However, the result is pretty much up to the approach the cyberlocker will choose to take. Apparently, a decent warning should be highlighted – once someone goes this road, there’s no turning back. Indeed, the industry has lots of examples to back up this claim – you can simply recall the recent developments in the file-sharing industry, where very important services were closed down or accepted their faith and went legit.

March 26th,2012

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Date:  Monday, March 26th, 2012

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-03-26 18:02:18)
kingtiger01 avatarwont work, anyone heard of ENCRYPTION... WIPO makes it illegal to crack any Encrypted File-format... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-circumvention

Since its quite easy to encrypt and use compression formats before distributing data on Cyberlocker websites. THIS WONT WORK.

On top of that, cant hold some one responsible for something thats beyond there control. They respond to DMCA requests. Which is in there legal requirements.

if Germany wants to play that game, tell them they will have to face a injunction for allowing Uniformed Nazi's in there Government after the 1945 Ruling. Because states of "Uncontrolled Circumstances" don't apply to legal inquiries according to there decision.

posted by ET junkie (2012-03-26 18:14:39)
No avatarOhhh so Megaupload was taken down because they allowed anonymous file sharing? Well, RS still does. Sorry, but there is absolutely no difference between Megaupload and Rapidshare.

posted by (2012-03-26 20:44:46)
DeLuXePreditor avatarDid filesonic not do the same and its now down the pan

posted by Blocked (2012-03-27 03:53:58)
No avatarReally don't see how Rapidshare is in any way under German Courts Jurisdiction. I don't recall Germany ruling the WWW!

These idiots and total GITs don't seem to realize that the internet allows mirroring of content and if they take down one site, there are tens of thousands of sites at the ready to take their place. Also, whatever their crackdown methods there are numerous (too many to count!) workarounds. if Megauploads hit by the FBI proved one thing, you can't have too many mirror sites storing content in case of any other take-downs!

posted by (2012-03-27 15:48:47)
No avatar@FellAway: Megaupload is a completly different thing with different charges against them don't mix this up. If you didn't read up on that topic please don't share your misinformed opinion with us.

@Chazzo125: As I understand Rapidshare has Servers in Germany and dealings as a corporation.

@Topic: This is a really badly written text, sorry. I reall don't understand what it is trying to say and how the leap was made to filtering system's. First, the ruling simply states that Rapidshare, as a OCH is now responsible for the action of it's users. It's like your ISP is now a criminal because you abused his network. Second, the ruling states Rapidshare has to actively search the WWW for links to rapidshare which lead to illegal content.

This ruling is NOT BINDING - which means there is already an appeal running and the next court date is on 12.07.2012. As I see it there is no way this ruling will stand in the next court, it actually conflicts with german telecommunication law's and would mean the end of cloud services in general for germany. I also believe the court didn't go into technical details and the reality of "Why can't you just search the Web and me the bad stuff go away?" which it will be forced to in the next instance.

Also this is a product of dinosaur's, that we call Internet-Ausdrucker here. It basically means old people who like to try to print out the WWW to understand it.

posted by Blocked (2012-03-28 00:26:22)
menahunie avatarUsing this courts logic or total lack of it..
Does it mean I can sue Benz, VW or any other GERMAN manufacturer for misuse of their product that results in a loss or injury to me?

The product produced doesn't have to be tangible like the product Rapidshare provides..

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