Rapidshare faces hard timeGerman royalties collector GEMA which brought the case against Rapidshare, has finally convinced a German court that around 5,000 songs are publicly and illegaly available on its server. The court also ruled that Rapidshare had not taken enough preventive measures to stop illegal sharing of digital contents via it's service. So, Rapidshare has been fined 24 million Euros.
To sustain in the business, Rapidshare has been ordered to strictly filter the content in coming days.
According to a GEMA Statement,"The judgment states that the hosting service itself is now responsible for making sure that none of the music tracks concerned are distributed via its platform in the future. This means that the copyright holder is no longer required to perform the ongoing and complex checks."
To read more on this drama, GEMA's statement(in German) can be read here(Google Translated to English).
Rapidshare has not made any public comment yet.
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