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Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
11-17-2011, 06:58 AM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire by ICE
So this is how she went today during the first round of hearings, wow no public representation. Just like Canada and Bill C-32 where the public consultation was invite only. In Edmonton we said fuck it and did our own anyways.

Fair Copyright for Canada - Edmonton Round Table - Weren't They Going to Ask Us?[2009.09.03] [mp3]
my first up to ConCen :D

Weezul Wrote:AFL-CIO and Big Content Advocate For SOPA
Wednesday November 16, @05:57PM
from the no-piracy-for-you dept.

Today's House Judiciary Committee meeting on the Stop Online Piracy Act excluded any witnesses who advocate for civil rights. Google's Katherine Oyama was the only witness to object to the bill in a meaningful way. In particular, the AFL-CIO's Paul Almeida advocated for the internet blacklist, saying 'the First Amendment does not protect stealing goods off trucks.'
There are no others, there is only us.
02-14-2012, 01:07 AM,
RIP BTJunkie
It was the first torrent site I really ever used and now it´s dead. The site now says:
2005 - 2012
This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!

fuckin´ fascists killed another one.
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02-18-2012, 12:29 AM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire by ICE
Ah, ya beet me to it man, missed your post, a hectic week here. As I got it ready, I might as well post it, and I'm making this thread sticky too so we can list all sites that "bite the dust" here...

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02-21-2012, 04:29 AM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
I too used btjunkie more than any other torrent site with the exception of concen of course. Oh the memories.....
02-21-2012, 10:59 AM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Basically its going to melt down to word of mouth with piracy and torrents. Why have a domain name when its not needed?

All these guys do is, instead of stopping people entering your house they walk up to the door and remove the door number, hoping people will forget where you liveSmile

One way to describe the whole thing......noobs..
03-03-2012, 04:34 PM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Quote:With constitutional freedoms at stake, isoHunt files plead
Posted by IH on Mar. 3

Freedom of expression on the Internet is under attack. From SOPA in the US, ACTA internationally, and C-11** in Canada, the same theme is apparent on the agenda of copyright industry groups: instead of dealing with actual copyright violators, they want to shut down technologies and internet services that they say will be used by violators. It’s the same alarmist approach that goes back to the VCR and the radio. As the Internet emerges as the de-facto medium of communication, sharing and expression, the control over distribution by copyright industries is threatened. In turn, the constitutional freedom of expression of Canadians and all participants on the Internet is threatened.

Since SOPA, a new term has been coined on this age: the War on Piracy. What it really is is a War on the Internet. In our latest response to CRIA filed in Court, we ask the Supreme Court of BC to adjudicate this crucial issue of balance between the constitutional rights of people on the Internet to communicate, share and search, versus the rights of copyright industries to limit such rights in the corporate interest of protecting and extending copyright. isoHunt urges the court to examine this issue carefully, for the sake of innovations on the Internet, free exchange of culture, and fundamental constitutional freedoms.

Here is an electronic copy of our pleading (ScribD), filed at the Supreme Court of BC, Canada. The Attorney General has been put on notice of constitutional issues raised.
Source: (homepage)

**Thread on Canada's SOPA C-11 (aka C-32 aka the ratification of ACTA) and MUCH More.
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08-19-2012, 05:40 PM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Demonoid is still down and now Google is working with DCMA in downranking sites.

Posted on the isoHunt Homepage news:

Quote:Google: Censorship and Antitrust bully. We need a protest.

On the news that Google announcing they will downrank sites "with too many valid DMCA takedown notices". Since isoHunt is currently listed as #3 of most noticed sites, that is likely to happen to to us.

But let's get it out of the way that we are crying foul just because we are scared of losing traffic. About 75% of all our traffic are direct traffic, with 21% coming from Google searches (and much of that being searches on "isohunt" and ""). So even if Google takes isoHunt entirely out of their index, we'll survive. Unless Google start censoring isoHunt at the Chrome browser level, but let's not give them any ideas.

What I want to bring to attention about this search algorithm change is Google is no longer the search engine upstart they used to be (for a while now). As Search Engine Land says, Google is now a content distribution company. What's missing on Google's DMCA notices report? Youtube. The by far largest video content website in the world ought to have very high volume of DMCA notices, if not the most, and it's inconspicuously missing from the list. To downrank and censor any website that's not Google's that receives a high number of DMCA notices? Sounds exactly like antitrust to me.

Now, on what is "valid" DMCA notices to warrant Google labeling a site as pirate? Google Legal has already labelled us a "pirate" service before, to prop themselves up as "legit". That is their opinion. What is really wrong with downranking/censoring websites based on "valid" DMCA notices however is that what's valid is simply notices that has not been countered. With millions of links subject to notices, we never bothered countering any DMCA notices on Google (not to mention Google only recently put up their transparency report so there hasn't even been an easy way to review what's been noticed per domain). That does not mean all links under which Google has filtered by notices are valid, just because we haven't countered them. Not any more valid than how Youtube took down NASA's Mars video just because a broadcaster said so. Is what Google/Youtube routinely call valid takedowns valid, like many others before? You tell me. (although to Google's credit, a video of a Canadian urinating on his passport is too good to takedown, unlike a video from Mars)

To complicate matters, we are also a search engine, like Google, not just a regular website. We have our DMCA policy and takedown process, like Google. (ours was electronic by email years ago I might add, when Google was still requiring snail mail) And contrary to popular beliefs, we have plenty of torrent links to non-copyright infringing content, and we'll be adding 1.4M more from the Internet Archive soon. Is it right for Google to downrank or outright censor torrent links to legit, non-infringing content on (or any other site), just because copyright holders have spammed a million "valid" DMCA notices on our other pages to Google that hasn't been countered? Censorship will never be easier, by DMCA spam.

The media conglomerates failed to pass SOPA, now they are getting in bed with Youtube at the public's expense. I'd point you to Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo (which respects your privacy a lot more to boot), or heck, bing but since everyone google, that's unlikely to go far in practice. While Google already started down this path of "Don't be evil"-censoring-bittorrent-rapidshare-and-more-110126/]censorship with autocorrect[/url] before, search ranking based on mere DMCA notices is a line that should not be crossed.

We need a protest against Google censorship and antitrust.

A protest.. hmm .. maybe more an alternative search venue to facilitate a boycott of the Google search gateway. Perhaps something like Yacy would be better than building up another company like bing, duckduckgo or ixquick (searchpage) decentralizing the model to change the game instead of just the company and fluffy words like a motto of "Don't be evil"?!
There are no others, there is only us.
02-05-2013, 01:12 PM,
Demonoid's story repeats itself in Italy
Italy's most visited file sharing site DownloadZoneForum or more commonly known as Dzone has been shut down by Italian police for providing illegal downloads.
DownloadZoneForum provided illegal links to new movies, TV series, music & games. It was one of the most visited websites in Italy. The investigation on the DownloadZoneForum started last summer which in the end resulted into the seizure of all the material & servers that were hosting the site for the last five years. In 2012 alone DownloadZoneForum attracted 130 million page views and 20
million visitors.
The site had approximately 1 million members & all their data including their email ID's are there. It is not yet sure would their be any steps against its members. This incident reminds of Demonoid that was taken down by authorities & Users information was in the hands of Investigators.
02-11-2013, 02:10 PM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
A hit of hopium ...

Quote:Demonoid Shows Sign of Life on New .HK Domain
January 7, 2013

After more than five months of downtime Demonoid’s website is showing signs of life again. Instead of timing out, has started to redirect to a new domain, displaying a “403 Forbidden” HTTP status after initially showing a “nothing to see here” notice. While Demonoid is not back yet, these recent developments show that there’s activity behind the scenes.

demonoidAfter the popular BitTorrent tracker Demonoid suffered a DDoS and hacker attack July last year, the site’s servers in Ukraine were pulled offline.

Local authorities explained that Interpol asked them to take action as part of an investigation into the site’s alleged owners in Mexico.

In the months that followed the Demonoid team remained silent and the site itself showed absolutely no sign of life, simply timing out. Yesterday, however, something changed.

All of a sudden the domain started to respond again. Initially it displayed a “nothing to see here” notice, and a few hours later it redirected to a new domain.

The new Hong Kong domain was registered about a month ago and is currently displaying a “403 Forbidden” HTTP status code. The new site appears to be hosted in Hong Kong as well, where we saw the Demonoid tracker return earlier.

The tracker has gone up and down a few times since then and is currently offline.

While there’s absolutely no guarantee that Demonoid will return in the near future the recent developments clearly show that something is going on behind the scenes. The restart of the tracker at a new hosting company, paired with the new domain showing some response, offers hope to those who miss Demonoid dearly.

The last time TorrentFreak heard from the Demonoid admin was September last year. At the time we were told that there is “nothing interesting to report yet.”

“I hope there will be one day, but it might not be soon,” the tech admin added. Perhaps that day is coming closer now?

In many ways the current situation is reminiscent of the downtime Demonoid suffered half a decade ago. During the summer of 2007 the site shut down its servers after receiving legal threats from the CRIA. After being offline for six months the site eventually reappeared in full glory early 2008.

Time will tell whether Demonoid can make a comeback once again.
Feb Followup with no more really churning here:

I've got a 403 still on the .hk domain .. and I haven't seen the tracker show any signs of life personally as of late but it seems like there is the odd ping and blip of packets behind the curtain.
There are no others, there is only us.
02-12-2013, 09:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 02-12-2013, 09:04 PM by pax681.)
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Quote:The demise of Demonoid has been cited as one of the main victories against online piracy in 2012, but the case against those responsible for the site is reportedly stagnating. According to new information an alleged operator of Demonoid has been released from jail and criminal proceedings have been halted. The small amount of information that is available comes from U.S. copyright holders who are keeping a close eye on developments.

demonoidAugust last year the popular BitTorrent tracker Demonoid had its servers taken down by Ukrainian hosting company Colocall.

Local authorities explained that Interpol requested them to take action as part of a criminal investigation into the site’s alleged owners in Mexico.

Months earlier Mexican authorities conducted raids in Monterrey, the capital city of the northeastern state of Nuevo León. Their prime target was a Demonoid operator and one person connected to the BitTorrent tracker was later imprisoned.....................
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06-13-2013, 03:11 PM,
Sad  RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Icon_sad Great private BT tracker site for legal abandonware gets shut down because of copyright watchdog..

Quote:Underground Gamer Goes Down Citing Legal Problems
June 2, 2013

Underground Gamer (UG), a private BitTorrent tracker specialized in pre-2004 game releases, has shut down citing legal problems.

According to information from the site’s IRC chat the all non-essential data was wiped out and what remains was encrypted.

The drastic decision was presumably taken to protect the site’s users and staff.

UG’s Lenk explained in the site’s IRC channel that complaints were made by a copyright watchdog about some of the games that were distributed through UG, including FIFA 98.

According to Lenk the “threats” did not come from any of the game publishers directly.

“Companies don’t care about UG. Copyright watchdogs make it their job though,” Lenk writes.

Underground Gamer specializes in old and rare games across a wide range of platforms. As long as the game or platform is from before 2004 there is a very good chance you’ll find it available on the tracker

TorrentFreak talked to UG member Graham who praised the tracker for its extensive collection of old and rare games, and describes the UG community as the go-to place for retro gamers.

“The forums at UG are well used and a gold mine of information on just about anything to do with retro gaming,” he says.

We tried to get in contact with UG staff but so far without luck. It’s clear that the site has shut down for now, but it’s not the end.

“No, we are not gone,” UG notes.

From the IRC Channel:

    From IRC then Paste bin:
     1. What happened? TL;DR: We have legal problems. For details, see #9
     2. Is this the same thing as with BG? BG's shutdown was pre-emptive. Trust me if I say that this one wasn't planned at all.
     3. Does this mean UG is gone? No, we are not gone.
     4. Is this related to you closing invites recently? This is what closing invites was supposed to prevent from happening.
     5. How/when will we get to know more? irc:// , we will release new information as it becomes available.
     6. Is the user data safe? AFAIK no user data went anywhere. At least, no unencrypted data.
     7. How are you sure it's safe? Scorched earth. Everything that COULD be wiped, was. Everything that could NOT be wiped was thoroughly encrypted.
     8. Will UG be back? See #3. We can rebuild it. We have backups. We have the technology.
     9. Further details? This is what is officially known:
     [2013-05-31 10:53:40] <RetroJaro> Maybe it's just "get rid of GOG games." or something.
     [2013-05-31 10:55:03] <lenk> Well, it's about games alright. But big publisher games. Like FIFA 98 and a few other well known ones virtually no one downloads.
     [2013-05-31 10:56:15] <lenk> That's what you get when you have organizations whose sole purpose is scoring points by taking down sites. They don't care about what they take down. They just do what they are paid for.
     [2013-05-31 10:57:49] <lenk> EA was just an example guys. Watchdogs represent much more than that.
     [2013-05-31 11:03:49] <lenk> Companies don't care about UG. Copyright watchdogs make it their job though.
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06-14-2013, 12:22 AM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
no doubt NSA behind it?
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07-09-2013, 07:42 PM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
More to the RIP list, at least for now, on the abandonware video game front.

Bitgamer, emu-Russia and GazelleGames

Quote:good job, "copyright protectors", on destroying the human achievements of the past. this is literally like nazis burning books. fascism of the new age

I don't see what the big deal was. I mean older games are not sold that much so they don't make much money. They should allow all games to go public domain after a certain time.

Underground Gamer was giving the new generation of gamers a glimpse at an era when games were good. Clearly, this was a threat to modern, mass produced games with little to no gameplay and thus a threat to the industry as a whole.
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11-06-2013, 10:59 PM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
.. and isoHunt is back.

The same database, different people behind the wheel. A lot of features disabled but it is back and recontructing itself.

Quote: Some site modules like users system (profiles, comments and etc) are temporarily disabled. Retry later. Dont worry everything will be fine soon. Thanks for understanding!

Quote:One Week Later, and isoHunt Is Still Alive…

Monday, November 4, 2013
by Nina Ulloa

Despite a massive shutdown and court ruling, the recently reincarnated isoHunt has been open and running for about a week now.

The clone was put together by fans who feel the site is a “great part of the torrent world”. This isn’t just a bunch of geeks: it’s an ‘us against them’ mission, with the the support against ‘them’ described as ‘overwhelming’:

We didn’t think there would be so many comments about us all over the internet. It’s truly amazing! Now we feel we gotta do more!

The MPAA reached a settlement with the original file-sharing and torrent-tracking search engine, which involved a $110 million judgment and a shutdown. But all of that disregarded the possibility that a nearly exact clone would appear within days.

Now, the question is whether legal action will be pursued against the copy.

Keep in mind that it took almost seven years of legal battles to get isoHunt offline.

Welcome to the internet.
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11-07-2013, 09:36 PM,
RE: Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Didn't even know isohunt was being still used. H33t has been taking a beating of late.

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