RapidShare hasn’t been subject to the level of criminal investigation that knocked Megaupload offline, but it is facing legal pressure of a different kind based on infringement on its cyberlocker service. A German higher regional court has ordered RapidShare to monitor user uploads to ensure that they are not infringing copyright, confirming earlier rulings by lower courts in Germany. The case was originally brought by collecting society GEMA and a pair of book publishers. “Internet sites can no longer avoid their responsibilities, and profit from copyright infringing uploads of anonymous users,” said German Booksellers Association boss Alexander Skipis in a statement. For its part, RapidShare says it’s waiting for the written ruling to be published, but warns that there may be an upside for its business if that ruling confirms that with filters, RapidShare’s business is legal.

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