Appeals Court Sides With File-Hosting Site Over Atari

A German appeals court threw out a judgment Atari had won against RapidShare, the popular file-hosting site where Atari says copies of games from its Alone in the Dark series were being illegally shared.

Atari Europe had wanted RapidShare to take responsibility for blocking downloads of the files, and the ruling of a lower court in Düsseldorf, Germany agreed. RapidShare appealed, and the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf found in its favor; the additional measures that Atari demanded are "unreasonable or pointless," RapidShare said in a statement, as reported by Ars Technica.

The same court overturned a ruling against RapidShare in a different case last year, and the site also prevailed in court in the U.S., notes Ars Technica, though copyright holders seem as resolute as ever to take these online file sharing channels to court.

Atari's Copyright Attack on RapidShare Unplugged [Ars Technica]