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Pirates Getting Their RapidShare Accounts Nuked

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.

  • micr0be
    .....another one bites the dust
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  • Arguggi
    Well then, simply put, they are doomed

    Illegal downloads are what, 80/90 % of their traffic?
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  • HansVonOhain
    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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  • Time to move on to another provider
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  • seanlansing
    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
    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
    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
    Time for some arcainly named Rar files with passwords posted on rapidshare search engines to take off.
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  • fozzyfozborne
    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
    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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