Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement CoordinatorExecutive Office of the PresidentThe White HouseWashington, DC 20500Re: Development of the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement
RapidShare AG (RapidShare) submits these comments as part of the Office of
Intellectual Property Enforcement’s request for
public input to assist in the developmentof the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property. RapidShare is a global market leaderin secure data logistics and file-hosting. Based in Switzerland, the company operatesmore than 1,000 servers offering over 800 Gigabits of server capacity and severalPetabytes of storage capacity. RapidShare was recently awarded the coveted HuberVerlag German Industry Prize in the category of IT and Software.RapidShare believes that the U.S.
intellectual property enforcement effortscan be improved by concentrating on third-party web sites that facilitate access tocopyrighted material stored remotely by cloud services. Additionally, RapidSharebelieves that
IPEC should continue its efforts to encourage voluntary industry “best practices” by all parties involved in the hosting, storage,
and distribution of copyrightedcontent on the Internet.
“specific recommendations for significantly improving the government’sintellectual property enforcement efforts” and “seeks information on approaches that are
particularly effective as it drafts a new strategic plan.
RapidShare welcomes theopportunity to provide input into the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual PropertyEnforcement. RapidShare has always embraced its obligation to protect the intellectualproperty and copyright interests of creators. The company has a strong interest inactively promoting legitimate uses and discouraging illegitimate uses of its service. Fullya third of its staff is devoted, seven days a week, to curbing copyright infringement.RapidShare makes two recommendations based on the co
mpany’s years of experience in
addressing online piracy.1) The Joint Strategic Plan should focus enforcement efforts on third party web sites thatfacilitate mass indiscriminate distribution of copyrighted content by making the accesscredentials of encrypted files publicly available.Cloud storage services are becoming an integral feature of modern computing platforms.Consumers are demanding alternatives to local storage on computers, devices or storagemedia that can be easily lost or stolen. In
today’s increasingly mobile society, workers
often prefer to rely on computers and devices available at their destinations rather thancarrying equipment and data with them. Employers may make select documentsavailable to employees via third-party services. Collaborators may share projects and