RapidShare Lost Lead While Fighting Search EnginesAdded: Friday, November 12th, 2010
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Over last months, Rapidshare has been noticed aggressively targeting indexers and search engines that were accused of abusing the RapidShare’s trademark and facilitated copyright violation. That’s how their campaign to create goodwill worked, but at the same time it meant that RapidShare was shooting itself in the foot. In fact, the campaign of the domain seizures finally resulted in the service losing its leading position as a file-hoster.
RapidShare has been in the news a number of times over the last year, seeing court verdicts against rights owners going in their favor. However, in the meantime the service has also committed itself to pursuing copyright infringers more actively and targeting websites misusing the RapidShare’s trademark.
The former CEO for RapidShare said that the service was extending its efforts to target linking sites, search engines and other individuals abusing its trademark by illegally distributing copyrighted material. Indeed, dozens of domain disputes followed the announcement and won. Many domains like Music-RapidShare.com, or Full-RapidShare.com were transferred to the genuine service. However, an interesting case was when the compliant against domain RapidShare.net had been denied. The latter offered a searchable index of files hosted on genuine service, enabling users to find content on the service from one location. Naturally, the system wasn’t approved by RapidShare, and another complaint was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
RapidShare argued in its complaint that the RapidShare.net assisted Internet users willing to infringe 3rd party copyrights. But the WIPO panel still denied this complaint this past summer. However, RapidShare went further and took the case up to the National Arbitration Forum, which ruled in favor of the genuine service.
In their turn, the owners of the .net domain could appeal the decision, but decided not to do so, as it would only cost them a few years and hundreds of thousands dollars. Rapidshare.net changed ownership, but its former owners created a new domain, RsFly, to continue with their search and index service. This time, RS stands for Really Super, so RapidShare can’t object.
Meanwhile, RapidShare seems to have shot itself in the foot, as all those domains were forwarding a great deal of traffic to the genuine service. As for now, the site only ranks 86th according to Alexa, against the 15th last year.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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