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Rapishare and MediaFire prevent Google from indexing your files
The MegaUpload case continues to bring queue and is that the Rapidshare and MediaFire services have begun to take measures so that Google does not index their download links. This will make it more difficult for authorities to track them.
Another of the great file hosting, MediaFire has begun to add in its code “noindex” preventing the Google robot index your web pages. In other words, in a matter of weeks we’ll see how Google’s search results stop showing direct links to downloads from both Rapidshare and MediaFire.
These measures are preventive against possible measures such as the precautionary closure of MegaUpload.
What happened to rapidshare
After more than 13 years of being online, one of the most popular cyberlockes during the first decade of the 2000’s, closed its doors definitively. Goodbye Rapidshare.
On March 31, 2015 we found the sad but unsurprising news that one of the oldest and best-known storage services of the last decade, Rapidshare, closed its doors. On the official website have posted the announcement on March 31, 2015 will suspend the service, and all accounts will be closed and their content automatically deleted. So it was announced that users with a Rapidshare account, back up their files elsewhere.
To understand why this has happened, we only have to look at the events of recent years, especially those related to the endless battles of those who fight to protect copyright and those who host content.
Chronicle of a death foretold
Rapidshare was founded in 2002, this online storage service based in Switzerland, became the most popular of its kind and for years was used by millions of users to host content. But, the type of content most hosted on Rapidshare has always been that which is subject to copyright and whose industry has not rested a second on pursuing anyone who facilitates the process of illegally downloading movies, music, and series.
It is simply undeniable that Rapidshare’s glory years were due to illegal downloads.
If you ever used Rapidshare, you probably did it to download or upload copyrighted content. Rapidshare was sunk in legal battles for years, although it emerged victorious from some, had to implement drastic and strong measures to remove the illegal files, remove the government from it, and try to clean up its image of “the number one host of piracy”. So year after year, Rapidshare’s broken links to the message “this file was removed for copyright infringement” began to rain.
Rapidshare did everything it could to save its brand, but in a service whose main use from the beginning had begun to be blocked, Rapidshare began to run out of users, and in 2013 was firing 75% of its employees. To understand why other cloud storage services live and Rapidshare dies instead, we just have to take into account that its glory years were thanks to illegal downloads, and that rarely someone used Rapidshare as we currently use Google Drive or Dropbox to store our own personal documents.
In 2012, Rapidshare was still very popular, in fact, ranked 150th among the most popular sites on the Internet. The company did everything possible to declare itself against piracy and convince the U.S. government and entertainment industry that they were committed to protecting copyright, publishing anti-piracy manifestos, deleting files, and suspending accounts. As a result, Rapidshare was not considered on the blacklist of copyright infringing sites, such as Megaupload, or torrent aggregators such as The Pirate Bay.
The other consequence of Rapidshare’s actions was a resounding collapse of the traffic they were receiving, and in just a few months, no matter what temporary increase they received in visits after the closing of Megaupload by the FBI, Rapidshare did not stop sinking.
After more than a decade, one of the most legendary download sites, and symbol of an entire era, Rapidshare voluntarily closes contrary to what happened to its main rival: Megaupload. But it closes anyway, for not being able to stand up in a market so competitive and so persecuted by copyright laws.
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