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Rapidshare limits public downloads to 1 GB a day

Posted at 08 November 2012 17:05 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Filesharing company RapidShare has announced that it will change its business model. The company is trying to fight piracy as it’s afraid that it will be shutdown by the authorities like MegaUpload. This file sharing  website owned by famous internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom  provided a similar service, was shutdown and Dotcom’s house was raided. To avoid massive copyright infringement on their website, RapidShare has added some new restrictions to the service. Previously it limited the download rate to 30 Kb/s but this was lifted recently.

The new restrictions are mainly affecting users that are not paying for the service. Paying users of RapidShare will get unlimited traffic for their own files and can also get unlimited downloads of files from their contacts on the service. They also get 30 GB  a day for downloads of other RapidShare members.

Files that are uploaded by free RapidShare accounts will be limited to 1 GB of data traffic a day, where traffic by the user itself or its contacts are not included. All downloads are unrestricted which means they will be served at full speed. The new system will come in effect the 27th of November 2012. On that day also a new service called RapidDrive and a new website design should be revealed.

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TSJnachos117
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 09 Nov 12 01:51
    Interesting... A popular file-sharing website will change it's policy, supposedly to fight piracy, one day before the "six-strike" SOPA/PIPA-like policy goes into effect.
    hogger129
    MyCE Member
    Posted on: 19 Nov 12 21:23
      It's because people post copyrighted content on there and distribute it without permission. The only rub is that all an infringing person would have to do is split the content up into smaller pieces (1GB or less) and the downloader just has to download more. It doesn't make sense to limit downloads anyway because all a person would have to do is change their IP address each time.
      Seán
      Senior Administrator & Reviewer
      Posted on: 19 Nov 12 21:54
        From what I've read, the download limit will apply to what's shared rather than the individuals downloading it. So once the 1GB traffic allowance is reached for someone's files, nobody can make any further downloads of these files until tomorrow.

        For example, if someone shares out a 50MB file on Rapidshare, then this file can only be downloaded 20 times on a given day before the limit is reached for that day (20 x 50MB = 1GB.) This means that 21st person to try downloading it will get a "Download limit reached" error for that file, where as that person can still download someone else's files that haven't reached the 1GB traffic limit for the day yet.

        Think of it like the difference between a monthly traffic limit on a website hosting account and an individual's ISP monthly download allowance. A website with a 10GB monthly traffic allowance is quite different having a 10GB/month traffic limit on an individual ISP account.

        I'm sure RapidShare is going to struggle even for legitimate use once this limit is enforced. I've often downloaded stuff that was shared out by RapidShare, most often being freeware software. While a 5MB to 10MB size may not seem like a lot, all it would take is 100 to 200 downloads a day before the limit is reached, making RapidShare practically useless to even host small software packages.

        One thing I'm surprised about is that RapidShare will also enforce a 25GB daily traffic limit on files hosted on a premium account. But then again, many website hosts do have a 100GB to 1TB monthly limit, which works out at roughly 3.5GB to 34GB per day.
        hogger129
        MyCE Member
        Posted on: 19 Nov 12 22:05
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Seán
          From what I've read, the download limit will apply to what's shared rather than the individuals downloading it. So once the 1GB traffic allowance is reached for someone's files, nobody can make any further downloads of these files until tomorrow.

          For example, if someone shares out a 50MB file on Rapidshare, then this file can only be downloaded 20 times on a given day before the limit is reached for that day (20 x 50MB = 1GB.) This means that 21st person to try downloading it will get a "Download limit reached" error for that file, where as that person can still download someone else's files that haven't reached the 1GB traffic limit for the day yet.

          Think of it like the difference between a monthly traffic limit on a website hosting account and an individual's ISP monthly download allowance. A website with a 10GB monthly traffic allowance is quite different having a 10GB/month traffic limit on an individual ISP account.

          I'm sure RapidShare is going to struggle even for legitimate use once this limit is enforced. I've often downloaded stuff that was shared out by RapidShare, most often being freeware software. While a 5MB to 10MB size may not seem like a lot, all it would take is 100 to 200 downloads a day before the limit is reached, making RapidShare practically useless to even host small software packages.

          One thing I'm surprised about is that RapidShare will also enforce a 25GB daily traffic limit on files hosted on a premium account. But then again, many website hosts do have a 100GB to 1TB monthly limit, which works out at roughly 3.5GB to 34GB per day.
          How is any of this "limiting" legal? Wouldn't it squeeze Rapidshare out of business? Why isn't Rapidshare suing?
          _chef_
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 20 Nov 12 10:51
            I think RS acted before they got bound by other more restrict policies "from above"....
            mordered242
            New Member
            Posted on: 30 Nov 12 09:52
              rapid share sucks
              15115
              New Member
              Posted on: 08 Dec 12 12:41
                this sucks

                still missing megaupload

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