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Old 28-02-12, 14:32   #1
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Default Rapidshare slow for free users.

During the last week, users who rely on RapidShare’s free service have been complaining of reduced download speeds. Several theories have been circulating, mainly focusing on the file-hoster trying to drive users to take up premium accounts. But according to RapidShare the reason is simple – to drive pirates away from their service. Fast download speeds are still available for free, but they come at a different kind of cost.

During the wake of the Megaupload raids in January, TorrentFreak continuously monitored the cyberlocker world. We watched file-hosters panic and we watched bewildered users of their services try to find alternatives.

The fallout was fascinating to watch. Some hosters eventually closed down and some changed their policies, but it soon became clear that immediately usable capacity had become much more rare, at least on terms acceptable to users.

Interestingly – and despite the glaring omission of a cash rewards program – around warez blogs and release sites we saw an increased interest in RapidShare. Site users asked again and again for uploaders to put material up on the Swiss-based file-hoster.

Then a little over a week ago reports started coming in that users of RapidShare’s free service had experienced dramatic speed drops down to around 30/kbs. Speculation was rife that the company was exploiting the Megaupload closure fallout to drive users to their premium, non-limited products. So we asked RapidShare, and this was their fascinating response.

“On January 19th Megaupload was shut down by the FBI. Shortly thereafter, several other file hosters curbed their services or entirely stopped their operations,” the company told TorrentFreak.

“RapidShare has been faced with a severe increase in free user traffic and unfortunately also in the amount of abuse of our service ever since, suggesting that quite a few copyright infringers have chosen RapidShare as their new hoster of choice for their illegal activities,” the company explained.

“We have thus decided to take a painful yet effective step: to reduce the download speed for free users. We are confident that this will make RapidShare very unpopular amongst pirates and thus drive the abusive traffic away.”

RapidShare says that there is a direct link between free users of file-hosting services and copyright infringement. Those who like to pirate prefer not to pay, the company believes, not least because they want to avoid connecting their personal payment details to a copyright-infringing cyberlocker account.

Now, there will be those who say that however RapidShare dress it up, the company will be aware that the restrictions will drive users to their premium services to get better speeds. But interestingly RapidShare is now offering ways for users to get faster download speeds without paying a dime – providing those uploading the original files they’re trying to access do some work.

“We knew that through the action taken we would even affect some RapidPro customers, especially those who offer their own files via websites or blogs and heavily depend on a possibility for free users to download their files. Therefore, we have decided to offer those customers a kind of deregulation that allows free users to download their files with the fastest possible speed again,” the company says.

What this means is that uploaders of content will have to provide RapidShare with details on the nature of their account including what type of files they’re sharing, the name of the sites and blogs where the download links are getting posted, and the uploader’s email address and telephone number.

RapidShare adds that by signing up to the scheme, uploaders give the company the right to check their files and websites for illegal activities.

In recent months RapidShare has made substantial efforts to demonstrate it is a responsible file-hoster that takes the law seriously, but this action is perhaps the strongest indication yet that the company wants to disassociate itself from infringing content and a Megaupload-style fate.
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Default Re: Rapidshare slow for free users.

Very interesting post and thanks for all the info and sharing it with us. I think after their last 3 prosecutions they have to "be showing" as doing everything they can to stop the illegal stuff, as I have done in our disclaimer. I believe that they have now moved their server to a "safe" based country.

However I have bought Premium with them when all these probs started and I am still getting the same fast download service I always had. It does slow down a little during peak hours but that is to be expected.

Some of our uploaders on here are still using them and so far have reported no problems. They can only earn rapid points tho and no money, so when they post them for our members they do so as a favour.

RS will not do affiliations, but in response to my email about that a few weeks, they replied "at this time", so who knows what will happen when all this furore and panic dies down, we will see. Any changes to that or updates on them can be posted in here Al and I appreciate your help.

Members on all sites still get everything free, except the very few, like yourself Al, that are kind enough to donate. So in a way I do agree with sites like RS that ask members to buy Premium, I do not consider it fair that sites' owners are expected to pay all the bills, it is only fair that members contribute something, so maybe thats the only way RS can get people to contribute and they do still offer free downloads, which many do not now.
Members are supplied with a lot of good things to enjoy, not just warez, on our site particularly, but I am not in agreement with sites making huge profits from members, as some are doing, (we most certainly are not, Im constantly paying out each month to pay for extra things like new software, the new FTP, and for extra site security)

Thanks again for your post and help.
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Default Re: Rapidshare slow for free users.

RS is still the fastest host server system for me and i tried many. But it is costly for them to run all the hardware and pay for the software and provider, at a professional level. So paying Premium sounds logical, when the service is good and they don't remove some of the uploads too fast. It is the same for this site, you and your team put a lot of effort in it. Time and money. So for a Premium membership and a donation here, it is still the best deal arround.
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To hell with Rapidslow, took 18 hours to download a 700Mb film a little while ago.
I have found a filehost who has the up and down speed that RS had before they went feral. Also I can down 2 or 3 files simultaneously, beats Rapidsux anytime day or night.
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