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Pirates Getting Their RapidShare Accounts Nuked

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RapidShare is taking action against illegal downloading and users who have been downloading or uploading illegal content are reporting that their accounts have been terminated.

TorrentFreak reports that RapidShare is cracking down on pirates by terminating accounts and logging IP-addresses for legal purposes. Citing information from sources within RapidShare, TF says the filesharing service is targeting distributors of copyrighted material more than before.

RapidShare has long been a popular destination for people looking to upload or download music and movies but it seems the site can no longer stand the pressure from copyright holders.

"I can confirm that we reserve the right to terminate the accounts of users that do not act according to our terms and conditions," a spokesperson told TF.

Read the full story here.

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    Arguggi , March 24, 2010 8:00 PM
    Well then, simply put, they are doomed

    Illegal downloads are what, 80/90 % of their traffic?
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    micr0be , March 24, 2010 8:00 PM
    .....another one bites the dust
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    HansVonOhain , March 24, 2010 8:12 PM
    Rapidshare depends on people who share the pirated software, which in turn own Premium accounts. These accounts are their profits. Without them, they are going to suffer financially.
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    micr0be , March 24, 2010 8:00 PM
    .....another one bites the dust
  • 33 Hide
    Arguggi , March 24, 2010 8:00 PM
    Well then, simply put, they are doomed

    Illegal downloads are what, 80/90 % of their traffic?
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    HansVonOhain , March 24, 2010 8:12 PM
    Rapidshare depends on people who share the pirated software, which in turn own Premium accounts. These accounts are their profits. Without them, they are going to suffer financially.
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2010 8:13 PM
    Time to move on to another provider
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    seanlansing , March 24, 2010 8:17 PM
    I agree. If they are seriously trying to help prosecute their customers then they might as well just shut down the site. Trying prosecute customers is not a good business model.
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    toastninja17 , March 24, 2010 8:19 PM
    Wait...you've gotta be kidding me. I don't have an account on the website, though I've used it before, but doing this is basically stopping almost all traffic that goes in and out of the website. That's what filehosting IS..

    arguggiWell then, simply put, they are doomedIllegal downloads are what, 80/90 % of their traffic?

    Exactly.
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    noodlegts , March 24, 2010 8:20 PM
    seanlansingI agree. If they are seriously trying to help prosecute their customers then they might as well just shut down the site. Trying prosecute customers is not a good business model.


    It's not prosecuting customers that's a bad business model... it's running a business where 80-90% of your activity is illegal. It's like if you owned a venue and decided to use it for dogfighting matches rather than boxing or concerts.
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    Honis , March 24, 2010 8:30 PM
    Time for some arcainly named Rar files with passwords posted on rapidshare search engines to take off.
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    fozzyfozborne , March 24, 2010 8:34 PM
    I thought that's what rapidshare was for... Well at least my subscription is expiring in a few weeks. I guess they can say goodbye to my 55 bucks a year.
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    jimbo21 , March 24, 2010 8:34 PM
    After reading the comments from the link, most believe that emails were sent to individuals from scammers and that was the reason their accounts were terminated. I guess those who had their accounts terminated called rapidshare and had everything returned to normal, it seems to just be a scam, atleast from the article.
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    erdinger , March 24, 2010 8:43 PM
    I live in Switzerland where downloading things with copyright is 100% legal as long as you DO NOT upload it.

    For us Rapidshare is a totally legal service so we don't have anything to fear compared to torrents which remain illegal...

    Still it sucks that they close accounts and persecute customers.

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    industrial_zman , March 24, 2010 9:00 PM
    so they only have 3 customers left after the sort through the pirates?
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    megamanx00 , March 24, 2010 9:10 PM
    seanlansingI agree. If they are seriously trying to help prosecute their customers then they might as well just shut down the site. Trying prosecute customers is not a good business model.


    Tell that to the RIAA. SCO still hasn't learned that and they are going down in flames.
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    the_krasno , March 24, 2010 9:16 PM
    We still have megaupload and mediafire.
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    builderbobftw , March 24, 2010 9:17 PM
    Same thing happened to Mininova.

    RIP MININOVA!!!!!
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    bison88 , March 24, 2010 9:22 PM
    Doesn't surprise me they lose there account. I mean we all know the majority of file hosting sites and start ups often revolve around piracy getting them into the spotlight. Rapidshare, Megaupload and countless others weren't new when they came around. There was a reason people used them for piracy in the first place.
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    pocketdrummer , March 24, 2010 10:04 PM
    Raise your hand if you actually pay for software...
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    pollom , March 24, 2010 10:10 PM
    i will use megaupload.
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    p05esto , March 24, 2010 10:13 PM
    raise your hand if you've ever paid for anything digital...lol
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    botabota , March 24, 2010 10:25 PM
    pirate got nuked... rapidshare got the effect ...
    There are other site like rapidshare, even if rapidshare doesn't do this anymore, people wont come back...
    congratulation ... you just nuked yourself
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