Ouch! German Court Slams Rapidshare With $34 Million Fine

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Ouch! German Court Slams Rapidshare With $34 Million Fine

The Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany, has fined file-hosting service Rapidshare a hefty €24 million ($34 million) and has ruled that the company must start proactively filtering certain content. The case was brought on by copyright protection association GEMA, which claims it represent over 65,000 composers, authors and music publishers across the globe.

Following a request made by the organization, the Hamburg court ruled that Rapidshare is forbidden from making any of 5,000 music tracks from GEMA’s collection available on the Internet. To comply, the company needs to make sure all of those tracks are removed from its servers and also ensure that they are not uploaded again by users. How the company is expected to do the latter, especially since many users upload files in ZIP format and password-protect them, is a mystery to me.
 

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Well... if they were a decent artists they'd have real fans who bought their music.

The more people rip off mainstream music the better in my opinion.
 

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Thats my problem with D&B heads, will run a Witch Hunt on someone for leeching free D&B tunes from P2P or whatever...

But have no problem scabbing "mainstream" music or films etc.

The hypocrasy is wholly homosexual.
 

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I don't mean DnB.

I was reffering to the Hip Hop scene.

People like T.I and 50 cent deserved to be robbed, because they don't deserve all the recognition. But then dope heads like J Dill/Madlib are rather unknown.
 

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If its about money and a german institution is involved (tax evasion, music copyrights etc.) you´ll surely get fucked bigtime.

If Average Joe is getting punked there will be nobody to help him.
 
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