Online storage service RapidShare has ditched its cash rewards scheme for users who upload popular files, after pressure from rightsholders. People could earn money for sharing files that became popular with other users, but these were invariably films, music and games. “This decision by the company is a reaction to claims that the reward programme rewards the uploading of contents that are protected by copyright,” says a statement from RapidShare. “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.” The company is trying to build bridges with the creative industries to combat its reputation for being an online piracy haven. Source: TorrentFreak

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