Los Angeles - RapidShare, the online file-hosting service that has come under fire from copyright holders for hosting unauthorized content, has sought negotiations with media company executives on distributing licensed content through the service, TorrentFreak reported.
Communications obtained by TorrentFreak, purportedly from RapidShare general manager Bobby Chang to unnamed parties, outline the company’s recent efforts to terminate the accounts of people uploading copyrighted content, and to focus on distributing authorized content.
One tactic the company pitched was to direct users trying to download unauthorized files to legal downloads of the content.
"If a user finds out that several attempts to download an illegal copy of a DVD are in vain, and if his several attempts to ‘steal’ this DVD have just brought him to an online-store, he may finally be frustrated and willing to purchase a licensed version of this movie," Chang wrote.
RapidShare partnered with Warner Bros. last year to launch RapidMovies, a site that currently offers promotional content but is envisioned as a legal content store.
"We are willing to invest substantially into this online store and I would be glad to not just talk about RapidShare as a threat for the entertainment industry, but also about RapidShare as an interesting option to sell your products," Chang added.
"My company does have several million users per day. I am sure, that quite a significant proportion of these users may be willing to buy your companies’ movies."
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