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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Rapidshare Wants Pirates To Turn Into Customers

Rapidshare Wants Pirates To Turn Into Customers

Rapidshare Wants Pirates To Turn Into Customers

Added: Tuesday, March 30th, 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, one of the largest file-hosting services, is looking for partners in order to set up an online store to redirect links to infringing content to. As well as many other services providing file-sharing, Rapidshare has to find itself a pig in the middle, when it wants both to provide the users more services and to respect the copyright owners.


In order to fulfill the second part (presumably, in order to avoid lawsuits), Bobby Chang, General Manager of Rapidshare, has announced a plan intended to allow copyright owners to benefit from their services. He also said that the company is going to target uploaders of infringing content more aggressively, treating them as criminals. It has already started to terminate the accounts of copyright violators. However, it had never logged users’ IPs for legal purposes, as it was assumed earlier.

The supervisory board of RapidShare has come to a decision to extend their activity to distributing licensed material absolutely legally and officially. They point out the reason for such decision – ongoing changes in the market, with new participants playing not very fairly. Rapidshare chose not to gain the favor of infringers but take a stand against the competitors, keeping fighting the violators and even stopping their rewards program, including the payout option.

Rapidshare probably refers to infringers as criminals because of their long-term cooperation with the German-based anti-piracy group. Nevertheless, nobody forgot that this very same illegal activity of uploading copyright content helped Rapidshare to flourish in the past.

And now it will redirect users, willing to “steal” a DVD, to an online store, hoping that some of them would get frustrated enough to decide they want to buy a licensed copy. This is also supposed to work for other types of media like music and games.

The company already has a deal for promotional material with Warner Bros. studio and is currently redirecting customers to a link where they can only view promotional material, with the number of visitors already amounting to 250 thousand a day. So Rapidshare is going the other way, picturing itself on another sine of the fence – not a threat for copyright, but an unusual option to help selling it. Although, it all might be done only in order to not let the company get sued to death.

March 30th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-03-30 16:48:32)
iamezaz avatarRapidshare good work but the only difference between your direct download and torrent download is that u charge for it bitTorrent doesn't.So bitTorrent is no 1 no matter how much you expand your business and will always be the source for sharing.8)

posted by (2010-03-30 17:08:11)
terrillcase30655 avatarheheh if it redirected me I would just go to another site and get it free

posted by (2010-03-30 21:37:36)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarill stick to ET...

posted by Site Friend (2010-04-01 00:12:38)
manofkent avatarim a ET fan no thx to other sites i will stick with my friends here

posted by Blocked (2010-04-01 12:26:13)
menahunie avatarLets see... It will redirect me until I get frustrated enough that I will buy it at their store?
Hmmmm NOT.
I'll and many many other will just go else where as we do when a torrent is shut down..
So they are going to try an "work" with the copyright holder to sell the software or what ever?
Does they mean they will offer digital downloads of the software when you buy it? Doesn't seem likely.
What I see in my crystal balls as I hold them is Rapidshare going bankrupt...

posted by (2010-04-01 13:30:32)
cyberartist avatarAgreed - I think we are seeing the death rattles of rapidshare perhaps. ET ET ET

posted by (2010-04-02 01:26:08)
kingtiger01 avatarusually the first place i visit is ET, back when Bittorrent wasn't as popular and HTTP/FTP protocols were still in the lead, on the net. then i used Similar hosting sites...

But the point still stands, i can go to a crap load of sites and buy movies, games, and apps. at low cost, or even buy them second hand.

This isn't the point of Rapidshare, that's what they don't realise. when people want file hosting, they want it to store data for people to use. Not to pay outrageous prices for So called 'Copyrighted' Material. So some one uploads a magazine scan, do i want to pay 7.99 for a Digital copy of the same magazine? id rather go to the store and scan through it. they make enough in advertisements alone..

So this is what i have to say to Rapidshare, Suck my left toe, and ET is the place to be.

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