The German music rights association GEMA has announced yet another court verdict against Rapidshare. Hamburg's district court ordered Rapidshare to remove 5000 songs that are part of GEMA's repertoire. The one-click-hoster also has to make sure that the titles won't be published by its users in the future, according to an article on heise.de.

Rapidshare has already been using a MD-5 hash to identify uploads and block files that the service previously had to take down. However, the court now found that these measures are not enough to actively prevent copyright infringement.

The court decision has apparently not been published yet, and Rapidshare told heise.de that it wasn't able to comment on any details until it had seen the decision. However, CEO Bobby Chang went on record saying that court decisions like these often get overturned.

Rapidshare has been having a mixed record with court cases brought against them by rights holders. The company was able to dodge a bullet when a court forced it in 2007 to simply police a single link site that has since shut down. However, the same court that now sided with GEMA also ordered the company to proactively check uploads for infringement and monitor users that previously published infringing content.

Rapidshare has since started to keep a closer eye on its uploaders, an in fact been in the headlines for providing the contact information of an uploader to law enforcement officials. The company reacted to this by finally publishing a privacy policy earlier this month.

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