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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Rapidshare Isn’t Happy to Find Itself in “Piracy Watch List”

Rapidshare Isn’t Happy to Find Itself in “Piracy Watch List”

Rapidshare Isn’t Happy to Find Itself in “Piracy Watch List”

Added: Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The world’s largest file-hosting service criticizes its inclusion in the list of the top six “notorious” illegal sites. It was especially outraged because it was a US judge who had recently cleared the service of any copyright violation claims.


Just a couple days ago the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus published its annual “Piracy Watch List” of websites lacking the copyright enforcement. They have been issuing the list every year, but this year it was for the first time that they also added a list of the top 6 “notorious” illegal sites in the world. All the websites included were claimed to be overwhelmingly used for the worldwide sharing of unauthorized content like movies and music.

Germany-based file-hosting service Rapidshare was among those six, and was not very happy with it, especially after last court victory in the US, not even mention Germany, that cleared the service of copyright violation charges. The founder of Rapidshare called the decision of a caucus of the US Congress to connect its service to piracy “outrageous”. He claims his company to cater to its users’ legal interests only. RapidShare never copies copyright-protected data, nor makes it publicly accessible.

The both recent courts – German and American – ruled that only the end users are responsible for making copyrighted content available illegally and the service cannot be held liable. Since the links to copyrighted data are never made public, it is only the users who take the conscious decision to violate the law by making copyrighted works available to others. As for Rapidshare, it points out that it does its best to prevent copyright violations on the website. And that was acknowledged by the Southern California district court too. RapidShare’s position is to engage in a dialogue with rights holders.

This situation becomes puzzlingly ironic after the Rapidshares’ simultaneous court victory and inclusion to the world’s top 6 “notorious” sites. The company comments that this inclusion of the website to the list of shady companies, which goals and business models are completely different from those of Rapidshare, only shows that both the US Congress and the RIAA lack the knowledge of the service’s operations. They could probably look for another scapegoat to include to such a blacklist, like the RIAA itself, as it is quite a “shady” outfit.

May 26th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-05-26 16:10:45)
ETrocks avatarThanks Sam for the info.

The others on the list are:
Sweden's Pirate Bay,
Canada's IsoHunt,
Ukraine's Mp3fiesta,
China's Baidu,
Luxembourg's RMX4U.com,

And I thought I knew them all ;-)

posted by (2010-05-26 19:49:04)
katep avatargood luck RIAA shutting the one in china down

posted by (2010-05-26 21:45:29)
GGTBod avatarI'd just like to thank the people in government!!!

These people (if we can call them that) have clearly wasted millions on acquiring and maintaining such lists and other activities like this which invade our privacy and such, anyway i digress lol.

I'd like to thank them for the list as I have just downloaded it and to my surprise there was a couple of great sites on that list that i was not aware of where I might have been missing out on some of the juicy freely available content or as they try to put it "stuff for me to steal and help fund terrorism with" so infact by cracking down on this list they have clearly fed more theives like me with more places to steal from or as the rest of the world sees it gave me more websites to obtain files from the comfort of my own home and commit no other crime than using my brain to find freely available content

posted by (2010-05-26 22:22:35)
WickedRebel avatarYea what that guy on top of me said!!! Thanx SaM

posted by (2010-05-27 04:47:45)
Yeastful_Biscuit avatarThats what she said!! Sorry had to say it. The way I see it, rapidshare being taken to court, is like suing the people who make highways and roads because they allow stolen vehicles to be driven on them. Wait forget that. Dont want to give them any ideas.

posted by men (2010-05-27 21:21:50)
dmxoneIuv avatarhttp://schiff.house.gov/antipiracycaucus/news.html

*Caucus 2010 Country Watch List
*List of Websites
*Caucus Press Release

posted by (2010-05-28 16:25:56)
Lancethedj avatarthe list is a joke! top of the list > Baidu – China < this is a search engine! lol

posted by (2010-05-28 23:55:16)
kingtiger01 avatargoes to show you what kind of Idiots make these kind of lists. next they will be saying Google needs to be shut down cause it indexes torrents.

And cars need to be removed from the road because they transport illegal goods.

Then finnally shoes need to be implanted with tracking devices to track pirates at public hot-spots.

Seriously? do they not see the problem with there stupidity?

posted by (2010-05-29 05:27:08)
No avatarI just got letters from my ISP for downloading tv episodes off torrents.....biggest joke ever.....Im worried they are gonna come take my PVR!!! LOL

PEERBLOCK 1.0 - download it people!!!!

When will figure it out?? They can never stop the trading of information, sounds and images!!!!

The amount of people making money off pirated software is almost non-existent.......

BIG BROTHER PEOPLE.....give people something to be afraid of and people will sign away there freedoms.....so many Hannis crimes and this is where your tax dollars go.......Protect and Serve.....Who are they protecting??????

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