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RapidShare drastically cuts public sharing limits to battle piracy

Rhian Jones
Piracy

Swiss-based file-hosting service RapidShare is to drastically limit its users' sharing in its continued bid to battle piracy.

Free users of the service will be able to share just one gigabyte of date per day, while paid users will get up to 30 gigabytes. 

The limits on the amount of outbound public traffic users can generate will start on November 27, reports TorrentFreak. Significantly, however, no transfer limits will be imposed on files that are shared with selected groups or contacts.

RapidShare CEO Alexandra Zwingli said: “We are constantly looking to improve our services, and at the same time prevent copyright infringements,

“The main challenge of implementing general changes to the service is meeting both goals without compromising the user experience. The new model is a solution that will avoid abuse of RapidShare while ensuring that the average user will not be affected.”

Earlier this year, RapidShare dramatically dropped their download speeds following the high profile closure of controversial streaming site Megaupload.

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Tags: Piracy, file-sharing, Megaupload, RapidShare

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