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Well, suffice to say, I was doing a Googlehack to try get my friend some e-books on her favourite topic, and low and behold, Rapidshare comes up.

I won't give the exact link as it would be ILLEGAL to do so, but they have a specific folder that contains child porn. I've submitted it to FBI for investigation.

So yeah, personal tip. Probably best not to use that website for a while, be it for downloading or whatever. Whole site may be subpeona'd for having that folder.
 
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FullMetal

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England has an FBI?!?!

I learn something new every day. Oh and how do you go about reporting things to them?

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Error404

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England has an FBI?!?!

I learn something new every day. Oh and how do you go about reporting things to them?

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www.fbi.com - Click on tip

No, England has MI5. But I believe it's an American site...I didn't even check actually, regardless however, it'll get back to the right authorities.
 
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That's like holding bittorrent accountable for pirated media. -_-

And... how did you come across this folder, child porn doesn't usually come up randomly...
 
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Mako. First off. If you're trying to accuse me of something, then I'm sure nearly every member on this forum will confirm that's not the sort of person I am. I was searching for e-books for a friend, I didn't mention the name of the e-books because I'd rather not have someone replicate my search and simply spread the link before it's removed by the authorities.

Secondly, Bittorrent does not actually host files, it's just a medium for obtaining them. Rapidshare on the other hand DOES host files.
 

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Problem with not using RS, is that so many files are hosted there, and it pisses me off SO much.
 

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Rapidshare and other file hosting sites similar to it will always have child porn on it at some time or another. Just a case of flagging it up and Any reasonable company as big as rapid share will take it down fairly quickly.

I've seen all sorts of awful things being hosted on those sites. It is horrible to know that there are people sharing out these links.

I'll continue to use Rapidshare when I need it. As torrents are not allowed on my network. I have worked ways around, however. It won't be long till they sus out what I am doing.
 
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Wouldn't those people be sued for having Rapidshare host those pics? Or does that fall under protection because they're not allowed to give out personal info?


Incedently I host a download of a painting I did last spring on RS, because I like the fact that it's free.
 

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You make it sound like the FBI wasn't already monitoring the site for child pornography and other illegal things.
Also Rapidshare is German I think.
Either way I can't remember the last time I used rapidshare for anything other than Touhou related stuff and a few MP3s made by doujin groups.
 

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Secondly, Bittorrent does not actually host files, it's just a medium for obtaining them. Rapidshare on the other hand DOES host files.
So you are fine with them hosting pirated content but once there's kiddie porn (which is sick by 99.9999% of the world standards) then there's a problem with them? Both are against the law. <_>


I am not saying you shouldn't report it. But its not like rapidshare knows every little file someone uploads to them then they in turn hand out. I am sure its a very automated process. So blaming them of providing child porn and supporting it seams rather stupid to me.
 

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So you are fine with them hosting pirated content but once there's kiddie porn (which is sick by 99.9999% of the world standards) then there's a problem with them? Both are against the law. <_>


I am not saying you shouldn't report it. But its not like rapidshare knows every little file someone uploads to them then they in turn hand out. I am sure its a very automated process. So blaming them of providing child porn and supporting it seams rather stupid to me.
Pirated content does not compare at all to child porn. That's just not a fair comparison to make. Child porn can ruin lives... sharing music or movies does not. So laws aren't all equal. As an example, beating someone over the head with a bat will get a person into more trouble than running a stop sign.... yet obviously, neither thing is legal. And there are also laws that people don't necessarily agree with (like laws that ban gay marriage). So something being a law doesn't necessarily make it universally "wrong" exactly.

Anyway, I sorta agree with the rest of what you said though. Rapidshare shouldn't be held responsible for the child porn that someone else put there. I don't think anyone was saying that though. I think it's more of a concern that the FBI/MI5/whoever will get records that show everything uploaded to the servers and what IP address or username uploaded it. So they'd get information related to pirated stuff as well as the info of whoever uploaded the child porn. Unless... maybe they can just delete the folder themselves and report the uploader. Not sure how this will be dealt with though.
 
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So you are fine with them hosting pirated content but once there's kiddie porn (which is sick by 99.9999% of the world standards) then there's a problem with them? Both are against the law. <_>


I am not saying you shouldn't report it. But its not like rapidshare knows every little file someone uploads to them then they in turn hand out. I am sure its a very automated process. So blaming them of providing child porn and supporting it seams rather stupid to me.
Which is what I was getting at, blaming rapidshare is hardly sensical. It's not as if they are aware, or condone of the files uploaded to them.

Also if they were to take further control and monitor every file uploaded, it would decrease the quality of the service, plus the pirated content many go there for. Another competitor would fill the void making them obsolete and they'd go under.

So you are fine with them hosting pirated content but once there's kiddie porn (which is sick by 99.9999% of the world standards) then there's a problem with them? Both are against the law. <_>


I am not saying you shouldn't report it. But its not like rapidshare knows every little file someone uploads to them then they in turn hand out. I am sure its a very automated process. So blaming them of providing child porn and supporting it seams rather stupid to me.
Pirated content does not compare at all to child porn. That's just not a fair comparison to make. Child porn can ruin lives... sharing music or movies does not. So laws aren't all equal. As an example, beating someone over the head with a bat will get a person into more trouble than running a stop sign.... yet obviously, neither thing is legal. And there are also laws that people don't necessarily agree with (like laws that ban gay marriage). So something being a law doesn't necessarily make it universally "wrong" exactly.
There is an air of hypocrisy here. First you criticize him comparing child porn and pirating, then there seems to be an implied comparison between a social law, and a protection law. Marriage being purely social, and media being property. The comparison, even if not directly stated is just as unfair if not more so.
 

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Which is what I was getting at, blaming rapidshare is hardly sensical. It's not as if they are aware, or condone of the files uploaded to them.

Also if they were to take further control and monitor every file uploaded, it would decrease the quality of the service, plus the pirated content many go there for. Another competitor would fill the void making them obsolete and they'd go under.


There is an air of hypocrisy here. First you criticize him comparing child porn and pirating, then there seems to be an implied comparison between a social law, and a protection law. Marriage being purely social, and media being property. The comparison, even if not directly stated is just as unfair if not more so.
Laws are laws are laws. To put it simple child porn is against the law, piracy is against the law. Your breaking the law yourself then your complaining about other people breaking the law. Only since you think what your doing is better then them on a moral level?
 
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I've mainly reported it on the basis I want those whom are uploading and sharing child porn to be arrested and put down before they can hurt any real children, I just figured the downside to it could be if for some reason the entire site gets subpeona'd for any and all information pertaining to downloads. Sure, it'd take a massive lawsuit.

But go ahead and use it if you want, I just figured you deserve to know what COULD happen.

Don't get me wrong...I love downloading illegal content just as much as anyone else, but I'll report it as soon as it's actually PHYSICALLY hurting someone, be it rape, abuse, murder or what not. FISCALLY hurting someone? *Shrugs.* It all comes back to us one way or another. The economy is fucked anyways.
 

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Geez, guys, don't get your diapers in a twist.

Error noticed child porn being hosted on that server and reported it. THat was the right thing to do and to warn everyone to be careful where they go.

However, keep in mind that the whole internet is infested with that kind of digusting crap. I'm sure sites like Yahoo, MSN, YouTube, Photobucket, Flickr and other sites where you can host media files battle child porn and other illegal activities on a daily basis, yet no one has warned people to use any of the aforementioned sites. As long as people can automatically and anonymously upload content, some creeps will abuse that feature. So no matter how hard you try, you'll stumble on questionable content at one time or another, and then it's important to for you to follow through and report it.
No website owner can check every upload in a matter of seconds - that'd require an army of employees just standing buy to review all uploads in real time, so it's our job to help them out and report things so they'll disappear asap.

On a side note: I have no clue what exactly Rapidshare is or does (never used it), but people who share copyrighted material shouldn't be sticking their head too far out the window as they're not exactly angels either. Sure, downloading music doesn't hurt anyone physically or emotionally, yet it's a crime too. So avoid places like Rapidshare for the right reasons - and you'll also be safe from all the creeps abusing the service for their disgusting habits.

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Us 4channers use rapidshare like a beast.

BTW, anyone seen yummy girl, not child porn, but cool stuff. No nudity = :thumbup: Thats the whole reason I go to 4chan, I like girls my age, not 20 year old crap.

Rapidshare is just a place that hosts files, like gamershell, fileplanet. ETC.
and you'll also be safe from all the creeps abusing the service for their disgusting habits.
You know how to make me feel good Peachy.
 

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Rapidshare are pretty much not at all accountable for any of their hosted content due to most of it being hosted offshore in locales with looser morals. Sorry to disappoint~
 

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There is an air of hypocrisy here. First you criticize him comparing child porn and pirating, then there seems to be an implied comparison between a social law, and a protection law. Marriage being purely social, and media being property. The comparison, even if not directly stated is just as unfair if not more so.
Perhaps it was a less than amazing example, but it was NOT hypocrisy. My point is that laws are not all created equally. Breaking one law might be worse than breaking another law.... and not all laws are fair. Making something illegal doesn't automatically make it universally wrong or evil. And just because something is legal doesn't necessarily make it right either. It's hard to think of examples for that though. The closest thing I can come up with is cheating on a spouse, but I suppose there are times when it can be ok, such as in abusive relationships.

In my opinion, uploading music online is no worse that letting a friend borrow a CD. Why don't we make sharing anything illegal because then people would buy more stuff? Let's make libraries illegal too! I really could go on and on about this, but the legality of sharing media is not my point here. My point is that it just doesn't compare to the harm caused to children by child pornography.
 

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Perhaps it was a less than amazing example, but it was NOT hypocrisy. My point is that laws are not all created equally. Breaking one law might be worse than breaking another law.... and not all laws are fair. Making something illegal doesn't automatically make it universally wrong or evil. And just because something is legal doesn't necessarily make it right either. It's hard to think of examples for that though. The closest thing I can come up with is cheating on a spouse, but I suppose there are times when it can be ok, such as in abusive relationships.

In my opinion, uploading music online is no worse that letting a friend borrow a CD. Why don't we make sharing anything illegal because then people would buy more stuff? Let's make libraries illegal too! I really could go on and on about this, but the legality of sharing media is not my point here. My point is that it just doesn't compare to the harm caused to children by child pornography.
My whole point was your doing something illegal and you find others doing something illegal and you cry foul on rapidshare for providing something illegal. It's sort of like "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
 

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Rapidshare wasn't intentionally providing it. That's already been said. They shouldn't be blamed. I was agreeing with you on that point. Though maybe I was also overly analyzing what you said.
 
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