RapidShare puts the brakes on free download speeds

In the wake of the shut down of the Megaupload file sharing web site several weeks ago, some other sites have shut down their operations, including BTJunkie. Now there's word that one of the biggest file sharing sites, RapidShare, is throttling down on download speeds for people who use the free portion of its service.

According to a post on Torrentfreak, the organizers of RapidShare have confirmed they have made a decision to cut download speeds for free users. In a statement the company said:

RapidShare has been faced with a severe increase in free user traffic and unfortunately also in the amount of abuse of our service ever since, suggesting that quite a few copyright infringers have chosen RapidShare as their new hoster of choice for their illegal activities. We have thus decided to take a painful yet effective step: to reduce the download speed for free users. We are confident that this will make RapidShare very unpopular amongst pirates and thus drive the abusive traffic away.

However, those users of RapidShare that upload files for legitimate reasons will be able to offer them with faster speeds for free users. However, RapidShare will make those users jump through a few hoops. The story says that those users must provide their email address and phone number to RapidShare. They must also inform RapidShare of what kinds of files they will be uploading and sharing on the site. Finally, those users must provide a list of the web sites where the RapidShare download links will be posted.

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Although sad, I will just stick all the links in jDownloader and let it download overnight.
Just a shame as it'll obviously take much MUCH longer now to download files.

how is this news? theyve always throttled traffic. Seems people didnt start using rapidshare until recent.

gosh said,
how is this news? theyve always throttled traffic. Seems people didnt start using rapidshare until recent.

It was throttled before, now it's REALLY bad.

gosh said,
how is this news? theyve always throttled traffic. Seems people didnt start using rapidshare until recent.

No, not like this. Free users get dial-up speed now.

They are digging their own tomb... And their service, which was one of the best, is so crappy now that I am glad of seeing their death.

Ads88 said,
They are digging their own tomb... And their service, which was one of the best, is so crappy now that I am glad of seeing their death.

get used to it, the SOPA and suchlike bills will go through eventually. Its like ground hog day seeing **** like this, they keep the pressure on because its dam important (read profitable) to them in campaign funds and the public will get disinterested (or something bigger will magically occur). Its saddening to see, but I know I'll see it due to historical president.

Ads88 said,
They are digging their own tomb... And their service, which was one of the best, is so crappy now that I am glad of seeing their death.

get used to it, the SOPA and suchlike bills will go through eventually. Its like ground hog day seeing **** like this, they keep the pressure on because its dam important (read profitable) to them in campaign funds and the public will get disinterested (or something bigger will magically occur). Its saddening to see, but I know I'll see it due to historical president.

Ads88 said,
They are digging their own tomb... And their service, which was one of the best, is so crappy now that I am glad of seeing their death.

Yeah was one of the best, but still any free service is still welcomed. After Megaupload it's hard to find a file sharing service what's not blocked in the US.

Dam, presses post accidentally.

(any abh, gbh etc charges), grand theft, and major fraud (although this catagory is flawed, as the biggest fraudsters exist in positions of power above contempt). Anyway I do NOT agree that federal law should be effectively working for any industry, film, music, painting, modeling, sculpturing, carving, dancing.......no art form should be 'protected' by the use of major law enforcement, which is by its very and historical nature been there to protect US! Us being the vast majority of citizens, not a handful of movie/music execs (and don't start on the artists bull****, the biggest overall thieves of artists are the labels).

"RapidShare has been faced with a severe decrease in the number of file sharing websites therefore an increase in the amount of usage of our service ever since, suggesting that quite a few have chosen RapidShare as their new hoster of choice for their quite legal activities. We have thus decided to take a joyful yet effective step: to reduce the download speed for free users. We are confident that this will force RapidShare users to abandon the free service and thus drive them to buy our premium ones."

eddman said,
"RapidShare has been faced with a severe decrease in the number of file sharing websites therefore an increase in the amount of usage of our service ever since, suggesting that quite a few have chosen RapidShare as their new hoster of choice for their quite legal activities. We have thus decided to take a joyful yet effective step: to reduce the download speed for free users. We are confident that this will force RapidShare users to abandon the free service and thus drive them to buy our premium ones."

that bit is understandable but its the extra user info required I was referring to. That is caused by other pressures IMO.

and thus, the threat of 'megaupload action' is greater than clear legislation. Make an example and others will fall in line. This is ok imo for clear violators of law (rapists, murderers, thieves, thugs (any