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amon wrote:but still alot of other sites receive visitors from USA and have servers in the USA.
does it make a difference between renting a server or possessing a server as a collocation?
You have to understand copyright infringement laws. Just because a server is hosted in the US doesn't make it a prime target.
If you own a file sharing site you need to understand that your members WILL upload illegal/copyrighted content. Just make sure you protect yourself in your Terms of Service that everyone has to agree to, but STRICTLY forbidding the uploading and distribution of illegal content on your servers.
Futhermore, if an abuse report is submit stating that X user of X file has been uploaded and shared illegally, you have a LEGAL responsibility to comply and permanently delete the file from your server ASAP. It's also wise to contact the submitter of the abuse report to confirm you took care of it on your end and cover your bases.
Other than that, there's no need to fear being a file hosting provider in the USA. Just cover your ass.