Los Angeles
– RapidShare, the free file-hosting service that has been targeted with
copyright infringement claims, has dropped an incentive program that paid cash
to users who shared popular content on the service, citing complaints the
incentives were facilitating piracy, TorrentFreak reports.

"This decision
by the company is a reaction to claims that the reward programme rewards the
uploading of contents that are protected by copyright," the company said.

"We feel it is necessary to undertake this step as we do not wish
RapidShare’s users to be exposed to such an unjustified general suspicion."

While file-hosting services like RapidShare have grown in popularity as a place
to upload copyrighted media for others to download, the company has received
favorable court rulings recently in the U.S.,
as well as in its home country of Germany.

In May, a U.S. federal
court found that RapidShare did not violate the copyrights of porn purveyor
Perfect 10, while a German court said RapidShare cannot be held liable for
copyright infringement since it offers no search index or list of available
files in its database.


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