Rapidshare told to proactively block book uploads

April 2010


A German court has ordered free file-hosting site RapidShare to proactively block uploads of copyrighted textbook. The service was sued in February by textbook publishers including Macmillan, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill and Pearson, and the Hamburg Court has now ruled that RapidShare must monitor uploads and ensure that 148 titles are not made available to its users. Failure to comply with the Hamburg court ruling could result in $339,000 in fines, and jail time for executives. Last year, a German court similarly ordered Rapidshare to proactively filter media whose copyrights were controlled by German rightsholder organization GEMA.

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