Collections society GEMA represent more than 60,000 composers, authors and music publishers worldwide, protecting their copyrights. After a request by the group, The Regional Court in Hamburg has ruled that hosting service Rapidshare is forbidden from making any of 5,000 music tracks from GEMAs collection available on the Internet.
Rapidshare was also ordered to delete any and all of those same tracks from its servers and ensure that they are not uploaded again by users.
The court found Rapidshare guilty of breaches of copyright law and estimated the value of the tracks at €24 million
"The decision of the Hamburg Regional Court is a milestone in GEMAs fight against the illegal use of musical works on the Internet," said Dr. Harald Heker, Chief Executive Officer of GEMA.
More information is available at GEMA's press release (German)