Wednesday, May 05, 2010

RapidShare Posts Rare Win For File-sharers

RapidShare has announced a rare victory for the file-sharing community. The site is reporting that a German court of appeals has overturned a previous courts ruling demanding that the service take more steps to control online infringement. According to the new ruling, because RapidShare does not make uploaded files publicly available (those who upload them can control access) the site can not be held liable for distribution and that running filename filters on all uploads would produce too many false positives.

Christian Schmid, founder of RapidShare: "We are very happy about the judgment. The court has confirmed that RapidShare is not responsible for the contents of files uploaded by its users. The judgment shows that attempts to denounce our business model as illegal will not be successful in the long run. With its 1-click-filehosting model, RapidShare responds to legitimate interests of its users and will continue to do so in the future."

More reading:
NewTeeVee - RapidShare Wins in Court
Ars Technica - Court: RapidShare doesn't need to filter user uploads

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