Los Angeles – A federal court
ruled this week that file-hosting service RapidShare is not violating the
copyrights of an adult entertainment purveyor. The company was sued last year by
Perfect 10, which said that Germany-based RapidShare violated its copyrights
when it allowed users to upload its copyrighted adult images to RapidShare,
where they could then be downloaded by third parties.
Ars Technica notes that
U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff said in her ruling that Perfect 10 failed
to show sufficient evidence of either direct copyright infringement or
"The view that RapidShare does not promote any infringements
of copyright, unlike other file-hosts, appears to be gradually catching
on," RapidShare founder Christian Schmid said in a statement.
a milestone for us that this is also happening in the US. We are
happy that the court in California
has not bought into the odd line of argument put forward by Perfect 10 and we
look forward to increasingly emphasise the major difference between RapidShare
and illegal share-hosts."
A German court ruled earlier this month that,
since RapidShare does not provide a search index or listing of files available
on its site, it cannot be held liable for copyright infringement.