Tucan Manager RapidShare

RapidShare has been shut down, but here are some alternatives.

If you’re looking for ways to download files from RapidShare, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to cover some of the legal hurdles you’ll run into with this service and offer up some potential alternatives.

If you want to keep downloading files like music or movies without having to pay, your options are getting less and less numerous as legal action is taken against more and more file sharing sites. In fact, the popular service RapidShare has been shut down as of April 2013 as a direct result of these constant actions from copyright owners.

RapidShare was one of the most popular file hosting services on the web, with an Alexa ranking that was well into the top 100. It allowed users to upload and share files of any size, with no limit on the number of downloads. This made it an incredibly popular destination for pirates looking to download copyrighted material without paying.

Copyright holders have been trying to shut down RapidShare for years, but it was only recently that they were successful. The site’s owner, Christian Schmid, claims that RapidShare was one of the most DMCA-compliant sites on the Internet; they were responding to 92% of all takedown notices, and shut down 1.8 million infringing accounts in 2011 alone.

The reason for this shutdown: RapidShare is moving away from a ‘freemium’ business model where free users are served ads by the company, and towards a ‘premium’ model where users pay for an ad-free experience.

In order to make this transition work, they had to come into compliance with the DMCA in not harboring copyrighted material on their servers. They now only allow files that are explicitly uploaded by their owners, rather than shared among RapidShare’s users. This was not enough to satisfy the copyright holders, who went to court and had the site shut down.

There are a few alternatives to RapidShare that you can still use for file sharing:

1) MediaFire is very similar to RapidShare, with a user-friendly interface and no limit on file size. They also offer a convenient application for uploading files right to your computer.

2) HighTail, formally known as YouSendIt, is another similar option, with a 30-day free trial and the ability to send links in place of large attachments. They have not been shut down by copyright holders, so they are still in operation at time of writing.

3) FileDropper provides 1GB of free storage space, making it a good option for smaller files. They also have an app for uploading and sharing files on the go.

4) 4shared is another large file sharing site that has not been shut down, with a wide variety of file types available for download.

5) Finally, Zippyshare is a great alternative to RapidShare for music lovers, with a music-focused interface and a very easy way to find exactly the type of files you’re looking for.

Rapidshare has been shut down, but hopefully these alternatives can help ease your transition into another file sharing service without too much trouble. If you have any other questions or would like more information on any of these services, please let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Tucan Manager MegaUpload

Why did MegaUpload close? Learn about how this popular file sharing site was shut down.

MegaUpload is a popular file-sharing website that was shut down by the US Department of Justice on January 19, 2012. If you use MegaUpload or if you have in the past, here’s what you can expect and what it means for you:

MegaUpload’s Road to Trouble

The road to suspension for this site has been a long and bumpy one. Ever since the site launched in 2005, there have been ongoing legal battles with copyright holders from around the world. In 2010, MegaUpload was sued by several major Hollywood studios for copyright infringement.

In December 2011, this case finally went to trial and after three days of deliberation, the jury found MegaUpload guilty of copyright infringement. MegaUpload’s lawyers plan to appeal the jury’s decision, claiming that their client doesn’t actually have a responsibility to police every file that is uploaded to the site.

MegaUpload’s Fate

Despite the site’s legal troubles, it continued to operate until January 19th of this year. That was when the US Department of Justice shut it down, arrested its founder and employees, and seized all of its assets.

The reason for this drastic action is still not entirely clear, but some believe that it may have something to do with the upcoming election. MegaUpload was a popular site and it’s possible that the Department of Justice didn’t want it to become a campaign issue.

MegaUpload Shut Down

On January 19, 2012, MegaUpload was shut down by the US Department of Justice which also charged seven company employees with racketeering. The DOJ said that MegaUpload was created specifically to facilitate copyright infringement.

If you were a member of MegaUpload, the following information is for you:

– You are entitled to any personal files you have stored on the site so long as they don’t infringe upon copyright laws. To get your files back, go to this website  and click the Get My Stuff button.

– Your ability to share files on MegaUpload is suspended indefinitely.

– You are free to use any streaming services, paid or unpaid, that were part of MegaUpload. However, you will not be able to download new files using these services.

The Implications

So what does this mean for you? While MegaUpload is one of the biggest sites to be shut down in recent history, it isn’t the only service out there. There are plenty of file sharing services that allow you to store and share files online, such as RapidShare and Hotfile. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with these services.

Copyright infringement is a serious offense and can result in hefty fines and even prison time. If you’re not sure whether or not a file is copyrighted, it’s best to avoid uploading it to any online service. Copyright laws are constantly changing, so it’s important to stay up to date with them.

If you’re looking for a way to share files online, try using cloud storage services like Microsoft SkyDrive or Apple’s iCloud. You can upload anything you want to these sites without fear of getting in trouble.