The file sharing site is understandably a little worried about the recent crackdowns on sites involved in or found to be promoting piracy because to some extent RapidShare is also used to host copyrighted content such as movies, software and all sorts of such copyright infringing material. Daniel Raimer, RapidShare’s Chief Legal Officer, is to meet with technology leaders and law enforcement in Aspen today at Technology Policy Institute forum.
RapidShare provides technology based on which people can share their files. The real problem starts when other sites start linking to the site. Raimer is a panel member that will be talking on Copyright and Piracy and he is going to defend file sharing sites and is going to counter the claims that such sites are a problem.
Raimer believes it’s important to stress that “legitimate” file-hosting services are merely offering a technology, and are not the ones facilitating piracy. RapidShare responded to a public consultation on the future of U.S. IP enforcement early last week and stressed that linking sites are the real problem.
RapidShare wrote, “Rather than enacting legislation that could stifle innovation in the cloud, the U.S. government should crack down on this critical part of the online piracy network.”
Raimer is of the viewpoint that the U.S. Government should work towards pushing forward voluntary industry agreements rather than writing more and more legislations.
The file-sharing site stressed that it works diligently as a responsible company and “that it has an obligation to protect the intellectual property and copyright interests of creators.”