Last year, a German higher regional court ordered cyberlocker service RapidShare to monitor user uploads for infringing content, although at the time the company welcomed the ruling as proving its overall business model was legal. Later in the year, the German Federal Supreme Court ruled that RapidShare must also monitor a “manageable number” of external link-sites, and delete infringing files accordingly. That didn’t go down so well, leading to an appeal, but that has now been rejected by the Supreme Court. While the full ruling has yet to be published, and RapidShare has yet to comment, German collecting society GEMA is chuffed: “The confirmation of the judgment is groundbreaking because it clarifies that it’s a fundamental responsibility of online storage services towards rightsholders, whose works are shared en masse through their platforms,” said a spokesperson.

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