Being asked by many friends and family why Rapidshare is self I decided to write this little resume, summing up why Rapidshare is way safer than obsolete Peer to Peer Programs.
1: The danger lays in the nature of P2P programs
The idea is that people share files with each other all over the world. That means that every person uploads to another person. You download a byte and you start uploading that byte to other people connected to you. That's why you always see the amount of seeders and leechers for each torrent, those are the people you connect to. The problem is that you upload to other users. Uploading is like selling drugs, you are a dealer. And no, you can not fully disable your uploads despite setting it to 0. You will still act as an uploader and upload tiny amounts.
Due to the fact that you are connected to different clients many law-companies working for major labels like Sony are able to easily draw revenue out of us downloaders. It's very easy, they are connecting to a torrent and immediately see IP-Addresses of every person they are connected to. What they do is just send a quick mail to the Internet Service Provider and then wait for the answer, telling them which user at that specific time owned the IP-Address. They have the address and can then proceed with the actual case.
On Rapidshare it's different, people upload their files onto Rapidshare's servers. You then download from Rapidshare via a link. You do not upload at all. In this case you act as consumer, not a dealer.
2: Being caught is cheaper on Rapidshare
As I said before, on Rapidshare you only act as a consumer not as a dealer. Scanning the internet I did not find anybody saying that he was caught downloading illegal files from rapidshare 1 and 2). Rapidshare solely hands out data from people uploading the illegal files onto their servers.
-Download something copyright protected in Germany will cost you around 20 €
-Uploading something copyright protected will cost you around 1000€
Again, you do not have to fully upload the file, 1 byte is enough to act as dealer.
Personally I can recommend everyone still using torrents to immediately stop using them. It's too dangerous.