RapidShare ordered to filter pirate material

A court in Germany has instructed file sharing website RapidShare to find a way to filter pirated content from its servers. This ruling came after a number of parties complained about the site, which allows users to upload and share content for download.

The court indicated that RapidShare has a part to play in the type of files hosted on its servers and may be held liable if users engage in pirating activities.

The file sharing company has come under close scrutiny after MegaUpload was taken down. RapidShare, however, has a different model from MegaUpload with no cash incentives to users who upload popular content. RapidShare offers users a structured file storage and sharing platform.