In an interview with CNET, RapidShare's general counsel Daniel Raimer discussed the service's strict self-policing policies that he says go above and beyond what is required by international copyright law. The site hopes to avoid the fate of sites like Megaupload — which is currently embroiled in a legal battle over the content hosted on its servers — by using a bot to build a database of illegal content and compare that list to the content RapidShare users are uploading. Raimer claims that the service takes down 2.5 times more files using this method than in reaction to takedown notices.
RapidShare's policies have drawn criticism from Public Knowledge, which says that such policy implies that other services that don't take such measures are "somehow morally deficient or in favor of copyright infringement." When asked if the measures at least satisfy US content holders, Raimer responded "it's their business to be unhappy." Even though the service faces disapproval on both sides of the spectrum, RapidShare can say something that Megaupload can't — it's still open for business.