RapidShare team not worried about Megaupload shutdown

Earlier this week, the popular file sharing site Megaupload got shut down by US government officials who claim the site was a den of online piracy. The move has shaken up the Internet has a whole and many wonder if the US will be making similar raids on other file sharing web sites.

Ars Technica got a comment from Daniel Raimer, a spokesperson for RapidShare, yet another well known and popular file sharing and locker site. The spokesperson claims that the company isn't worried about something happening to their site in the wake of the Megaupload raid. Raimer said, "We're not concerned or scared about the raid. File hosting itself is a legitimate business."

RapidShare's CEO Alexandra Zwingli points out that their company has tried to be more open about their business than the executives of Megaupload. She states:

RapidShare AG was founded in Switzerland and in fact, it was always located at the address given in the company details and was always run under real names without any anonymous intermediate businesses. The radical measures against Megaupload were apparently required since the situation there had been totally different.

Zwingli says that RapidShare acts "rigidly against copyright infringement" and adds that they don't offer any kind of reward system for people who upload content that is downloaded frequently by other users like Megaupload did.

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techguy77 said,
Let's say they close all of them, people will again find a way to share files.

Yes, it's futile. I expect sites to locate in places lik Russia where the US has no authority.

I can't believe these sites have been around or allowed to exist for as long as they have already!

Guess I better go back to the month to month plan!!

4shared
Megaupload
Mediafire
Filestube
Rapidshare
The Pirate Bay (Torrent only)
Fileserve
Hotfile
Torrentz.eu (torrent only)
Depositfiles

There are more file shares sites I can't track too many lol


RapidShare AG was founded in Switzerland.

US cant do **** (considering their servers are also in Switzerland.

BTW, people to "share" things should always use multiupload

htcz said,

US cant do **** (considering their servers are also in Switzerland.

BTW, people to "share" things should always use multiupload


Oh but they can. Rapidshare.com is a US domain (.com) and can be seized by US authorities very easily if they wanted. All of these companies really should get new non-US domains to protect against this kind of thing, in addition to locating your servers in countries that have no formal law-enforcement cooperation with the corrupt US government/law enforcement.

TCLN Ryster said,

Oh but they can. Rapidshare.com is a US domain (.com) and can be seized by US authorities very easily if they wanted. All of these companies really should get new non-US domains to protect against this kind of thing, in addition to locating your servers in countries that have no formal law-enforcement cooperation with the corrupt US government/law enforcement.

Hm....but can't the IP address of RapidShare be used instead?

Of course Rapidshare is not worried. Its service has declined dramatically. At least it took conscience and put its feet on the ground. because Rapidshare became, at one time, impossible to download, even for paid users.

Obviously they (Rapidshare) don't use google. Its not exactly rocket science to find what ever file you wanted if you use any search engine. I do agree that they do seem to control user content a little better than Megaupload but by no means they are angelic.

Its a tricky kind of subject really , can they be held responsible for every single file they host ? not all files are clearly indicated that they are pirate material.

If you was to call a file "ABC1234.rar" and it was a pirate film , are the hosts expected to know what it contains ? Sure if they get a take down notice they must comply , but what's the % of take down notices in comparison to actual pirate content they actually host.

Can someone explain to me why a rewards system like that is proof that they're encouraging piracy? Surely, it's possible to want to reward users who upload legitimate, yet popular files. It seems like a legitimate system to me...

DChiuch said,
Can someone explain to me why a rewards system like that is proof that they're encouraging piracy? Surely, it's possible to want to reward users who upload legitimate, yet popular files. It seems like a legitimate system to me...

I agree. So long as they check each file to be rewarded first, I don't see a problem with a rewards program per se.

Edit: too late. ^

they don't offer any kind of reward system for people who upload content that is downloaded frequently by other users like Megaupload did

Oh... But they did!

Regarding the points based system, they used to offer a scheme where one could collect points via downloads but found that it ended up encouraging less than desirable uses of their service thus discontinued it around a year or so ago.

WinA said,
That's why RS sux. People will use filehost that reward them for uploading stuff (Like Filesonic, Fileserver, Wupload, etc).

Utter bull****. Warez used to be all about sharing and caring, see it however you want. The internet was just fine before Hotfile started awarding people for uploading popular material.

If you are not interested in warez then you can easily find other legitimate filehosts or cloud services.

Uploading warez for money is sickening. Go away.

MidnightDevil said,
I'd worry if i were them.... even though they claim "file hosting is a legitime bussiness"... i bet so did megaupload claimed that...

They already went to court a few years back… Result: they are not illegal…