Right of Access in Germany Affects Only Serious Breaches of Copyright

May 1, 2009

CHAM, Switzerland, May 1 /PRNewswire/ — The amendment to paragraph 101
of the German Copyright Act (right of access) has caused uncertainty among
RapidShare users around the world. However, it affects only services which
are used in Germany.

The German law provides a right of access for copyright violations of a
“commercial nature”. It is generally used for either particularly high volume
or particularly serious breaches of copyright. “Consequently, the right of
access does not affect the majority of German users, their private areas and
their data are just as well protected as before. We do not record what a user
downloads. Informational self-determination is a cornerstone of any
democracy. At the same time, we do uphold the law. The fact that this has
been described as disclosure is surprising,” explains Bobby Chang, COO of
RapidShare. “The exchange of files via RapidShare is just as legal as the use
of any other web hoster, including in Germany. Using a private copy, any
purchaser can make a private duplicate of media which is not subject to copy
protection and store it, for example, with RapidShare. Furthermore, a copy of
such files may be passed on to friends or relatives via RapidShare.” However,
users are not permitted to make copyright protected material publicly
accessible, for example by posting links to music or movies in forums.

Whether and to what extent information will be provided is subject to
different regulations from country to country and case to case. Enquiries
concerning transactions in Germany may, however, be submitted to all internet
providers, file hosters or other service providers around the world,
irrespective of the location of their registered office or the whereabouts of
their servers. “Anyone who thinks that we would simply give out IP addresses
is mistaken,” explains Chang.

About RapidShare

RapidShare AG hosts information for companies and private individuals:
using 1-Click-Hosting, the user uploads his files to the system in just a few
easy steps and receives a link that he can use to download or delete his
information as required. RapidShare AG was founded in 2006 and is based in
Cham in Switzerland.


    Bobby Chang,
    COO RapidShare AG,
    Gewerbestrasse 6, 6330 Cham, Switzerland,
    Tel.: +41-41-748-78-88,
    E-Mail: bchang@rapidshare.com

    Katharina Scheid,
    Press Spokesperson RapidShare AG,
    Gewerbestrasse 6, 6330 Cham, Switzerland,
    Tel.: +41-41-748-78-81,
    E-Mail: kscheid@rapidshare.com.

SOURCE RapidShare AG

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