RapidShare is one of the most popular file-sharing website on the Internet. Like all other file-sharing websites, it too grew extremely notorious for hosting massive amounts of pirated and illegal content. During the recent crackdown on Megaupload, RapidShare made a quick move and enforced various limitations on its users to stay in business and to drive away pirates.
Earlier this year when Megaupload was raided and shut down, millions of users sought refuge in RapidShare. RapidShare was well aware of the fate of Megaupload, and decided to shoo away freeloaders (think free users) by capping their download speeds to unusable limits. This was an attempt to make RapidShare unpopular amongst pirates and drive them away. However, it could not continue with that decision, as it was an unusual one. Now, RapidShare has decided to undo the download speed capping, and some users have started seeing higher download speeds than usual. This has been confirmed by RapidShare CEO Alexandra Zwingli, who says,
We can confirm that we have removed all download limits for free users, which is part of a new strategy. Even though the limit was initially introduced to deter piracy, we have since then come to realize that there are more efficient counter-measures. Further details will be announced towards the end of 2012.
RapidShare has been responsible in its dealing with copyright owners. It will be interesting to see what alternative measures it implements to curb piracy, after lifting off the download-speed cap.