Last November, cloud storage service RapidShare introduced new limits on how much outbound traffic its users could generate, with the aim of further restricting piracy in its lockers. The policy has certainly had an impact on traffic, with TorrentFreak drawing on Alexa stats to show a big drop in November following steady decline over the year as RapidShare placed other restrictions on piratical activity. Is this bad news for the company’s business, though? Not according to its spokesperson. “It is in the nature of things that a traffic limit leads to a reduction of traffic,” they say. “We can also confirm a reduction of copyright infringements since we launched the new business model, therefore the development is indeed very beneficial for RapidShare and is proof that we have chosen the right approach.” That said, TorrentFreak also points to the rapid rise of rival Rapidgator, which has no such restrictions and – from a launch in early 2012 – is about to overtake RapidShare for traffic.

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