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Cyberlocker Ecosystem Shocked As Big Players Take Drastic Action

In the wake of last week’s Megaupload shutdown, some of the biggest names in the market are taking drastic action. During the last 48 hours many sites have completely withdrawn their systems for paying uploaders when their files are shared with others, but one of the most dramatic moves came first from Filesonic and today Fileserve. Both services now forbid people from downloading any files they didn’t upload themselves.

While the shutdown last week of Megaupload and the arrest of its founder and management team was certainly dramatic, a situation of perhaps even greater gravity is beginning to emerge.

Over the past 48 to 72 hours, the operators of many prominent cyberlocker services have been taking unprecedented actions that can not simply be explained away by mere coincidence. The details in the Megaupload indictment clearly have some players in the file-hosting world spooked.

One of the key allegations is that between 2005 and mid 2011, Megaupload ran a program that rewarded users for uploading infringing material. A cited internal email allegedly shows staff members discussing cash payments going to people uploading “full popular DVD rips” and “software with keygenerators (Warez)”.

Although Megaupload stopped paying out rewards in July 2011, that didn’t stop the site from getting raided. Other cyberlocker services are clearly hoping they will be more lucky.

Last evening Filesonic, a top 10 player in the file-sharing world with a billion pageviews a month, not only withdrew its affiliate rewards program, but also banned any third parties downloading files. Simply put, users can now only download files from the service that they uploaded themselves.

But according to reports, there’s no guarantee of that. Account owners report that their files are being mass deleted, that’s if their entire account has been banned already.

Fileserve, another leading player, also ended its affiliate program this weekend. Additionally, this morning TorrentFreak received news that Fileserve has now joined Filesonic in banning all 3rd party downloads.

“I just paid for a premium account and can now only download my own fucking files an unlimited number of times,” said one angry user. “What use is that?”

Other users of Fileserve are experiencing an even further degraded level of service. Reports describe mass deletion of their uploads and the banning of accounts on apparent ‘Terms of Service’ violations.

But the changes at these two services appears to be just the tip of a very big and very complex iceberg. Developments at other file-hosting services are widespread.

As previously reported, Uploaded.to banned all US IP addresses in what appears to be an effort to distance itself from US jurisdiction. Its affiliate program is still listed as operational but the same cannot be said about those run by some of its competitors.

VideoBB and VideoZer have both reportedly closed their rewards program and according to reports have also been mass deleting accounts and huge numbers of files. Other sites closing their affiliate programs and/or deleting accounts/files include FileJungle, UploadStation and FilePost.

Another interesting development involves so-called ‘release blogs’, sites that report on leaked material but either provide links to the material on cyberlockers or allow their users to do the same. The number of overall releases hasn’t changed much but the links currently being posted on some of these sites show less variety and volume than they did this time last week.

Source: TorrentFreak

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  1. jim
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:30

    its the end of downloads as we know it… so what was sopa about then, oh yeah to take control of the internet off the many and turn it over the few

  2. asd
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:33

    wow so whats next then? back to magnet torrents, irc or newsgroups?

  3. james
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:34

    So is this the end my friends or are folks gonna get smarter?

  4. nipitix
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:35

    almost looks like the end of using 3rd party sites for hosting. doesnt really change anything, only shifts the users to usenet or torrenting.

  5. Teen Wolf
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:36

    The Upload & Download Will Never Ends Stay Positive & Sure !!

  6. hr-
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:37

    It’s was not the world that was going to end at 2012 but the internet..

    Sad news but it was just a matter of time before this happened.

  7. bugs
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:38

    Just start banning us ips

  8. Megabuttload
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:38

    RLSLOG, your own behaviour is to blame too. There are dozens of decent filehosters that you refuse to use, like Uptobox, Minus, Gigaup and many more. Some of them are even better than Megaupload. I understand you won’t be able to grab some cash from them, but keep in mind that if you keep on putting forth lousy hosters like Orion, you will lose a lot of “customers”. I can’t put up with downloading a file at 150 KB/sec and I guess I’m not the only one.

  9. anonymous
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:39

    This is from the piratebay guys they are pretty resilient to threats
    I’m sure they won’t chicken out like the others you could start using it http://www.bayfiles.com

  10. jondoe
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:40

    I wonder how long rapidshare will hold out…

  11. Shoun
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:40

    FILEJUNGLE! R.I.P.!
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  12. Dave
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:40

    This does not affect me in the slightest. Why dont people just go back to using torrents? Thats what I use all the time and have never had a problem.
    Whenever I’m outside Ireland I do admit I use my backup usenet account when I have limited time to download. Think it was 180Gb for $11 or something like that

  13. whatty@yahoo.com
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:45

    There are still others out there for now, I only use megashares anyway as it has a search engine and very few fakes…in 2 years I have had one fake from it.

    If all else fails it’s back to usenet.

  14. ...
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:47

    I wouldn’t worry too much (unless you’re an uploader who’s been making money). The file sharing community will always find ways around the system. Until the corporations stop hounding people and admit that finding new business models is the only intelligent way forward, then their actions against filesharing will always remain ultimately fruitless.

  15. Andy
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:48

    that’s it folks, time to get a real job!

  16. bigbob
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:48

    Nothing to do with sopa since it hasnt passed legislation, all coincidence, these lockers just don’t want to be charged by US authorities or go to jail.

  17. torrents?
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:54

    While torrents are free, when you download a file, you give away your IP and the files that you are dl-ing. That’s why torrents are less privacy friendly than filehosters

  18. DSL
    January 23rd, 2012 | 14:57

    Hat’s off for Wupload, they dared to pay even a single penny.
    Last night there were many uploaders with sad face and some of them even crying. Well that’s a part of game, take it easy almost all of us lost even the m*r*n filehosts. Some said it’s end of Warez, to remind them US is not the Warez, rest of world counts too. Yep, it’s true we will our US friends, lots of them, sweet and helpful, but what we can do when the Govt. itself ready to kill.
    The cloud will stay at least 10 more days as the sources predicts but what will be the result, known to none.
    Well hope for the best. We are always with you our US friends.

  19. m
    January 23rd, 2012 | 15:01

    hi guys i gotta ask has the megaupload case scared any of you off from downloading all together. I am wondering from any canadian users on here what we might have to worry about if anything at all? I am a little concerned.

  20. ...
    January 23rd, 2012 | 15:01

    The Swiss will step up to the plate. Nazi gold, morally ambiguous banking and willingness to ignore the rest of the worlds moaning re: piracy.

    http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/59100.aspx

  21. Ape lover
    January 23rd, 2012 | 15:09

    @12,

    Yes, sure, try to d/l full BRs from torrents.

  22. Meister
    January 23rd, 2012 | 15:34

    Guys, relax. There are like 10000 different file hosters and Filesonic/FileServer and FileJungle all belonged to the same company, so it’s just one company who chickened out.

  23. R
    January 23rd, 2012 | 15:35

    @19,

    I’m from Canada and I’m really not concerned at all.

  24. whatever
    January 23rd, 2012 | 15:45

    Hey we still have rapidshare and mediafire, why not use them?? oh dont say that u wont get paid $$ then, ofc not and u never should been paid!! Dont forget that the point of all these sites was to share files fast and easily with others, not to get rich in internet lol

  25. jiggaboo
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:10

    Thankfully I never gave a dime to any of these hosting companies for premium memberships. You’re all idiots for paying these companies.

  26. Yachew
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:11

    To Martin(the owner of rlslog), the day of reckoning is coming, this site will soon be finished as a commercial enterprise.

  27. Dol
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:13

    You can still use Wupload.com, it’s still workin (so far :/) and it’s quite fast, but ofc not as fas as megaupload was :( .

  28. tatz
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:24

    What about BayFiles ? It’s run by The Pirate Bay guys,i tested an upload and got good speeds,plus 5 GB max filesize.

  29. Paddy the Brave
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:27

    Lets be honest, torrents are crap, too visible, loaded with virus’s and fake files and a security risk, wait all day for one file and that some one in a far away land leaves their PC on, hopefully a few will stand up and continue to share files as I said torrents are just slow and bad news

  30. caszz j
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:32

    STOP being so dramatic about this issue,megaupload might have been shut down for good, filesonic /fileserver might change their policy to cover their own ass in order “not to get caught” premium users would definitely move to another file sharing host is not yet monitored by the fbi. but its not the end of warez as it had never begun with single file hoster link. as long as there an demand for it there will always be an way to supply it. its has always be this way whether you got it for free or have to pay some kind of price for it

  31. silverdark
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:33

    I really dont know what the big deal is… and as for users dont be afraid… technology has a funny way of adapting under pressure… we have all seen it… everytime mocosoft!! makes updates.. either on xbox.. windows.. even apple with their ios… movies… they themselves made a study and piracy doesnt affect their revenues… sometimes it even helps them cause of the hype.. if the movie sucks it sucks… if the song sucks it sucks… more hosters will rise.. and better ways to download… this is all a hoax from people that have money and plain simple want more…

  32. graywarden
    January 23rd, 2012 | 16:36

    Folks! Let’s do the Black March together okay!

  33. Truth Hurts
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:09

    Oron gives speeds of 80kb for US users.

    Filepost gives speeds of 140kb for US users.

    So basically, this entire site just became ? because of download speeds.

    The top hosters, which carry the top speeds, have thrown in the towel.

    If money wasn’t an issue, I’m sure we could use other hosts… but money seems to control the upload scene as far as “File Lockers” go.

    Which when you think about it, is messed up. Scene groups usually promote buying the products offered by them and as well, are usually against profiting from it. It’s no longer a “scene” when vast amounts of money dirty the sharing image that we try to uphold.

  34. Gosken
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:18

    Why now i still can download from fileserve???? though it stop it sharing already ???

  35. obvious
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:21

    This hard handed tactic is typical of the Obama administration. When congress (the representative of the people) doesn’t play ball and doesn’t pass SOPA, Obama will do everything by whatever means he can to keep the RIAA and MPAA happy. He was elected by the people, now reap what you’ve sown America.

  36. The Observer
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:28

    Please keep using Oron. I don’t know what people are complaining about. I get great speeds. They may want to try a download manager, it might give them much better speeds.

  37. he
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:37

    JUST WHAT THE FBI/US GOVERNMENT WANTED
    spend money to shut down one site
    fear monger in the press
    then the rest shut them selves down automaticly
    resulting in small risk(monies) from feds and high reward
    nice thinking USA/FBI
    shame tho :(

  38. Mat
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:40

    @obvious Yeah cause John McCain would of done a better job…… Never….

  39. Hank
    January 23rd, 2012 | 17:56

    oh noes! all the affiliate money grabbing schemes are gone !!

    i’ll admit, the loss of fileserve is a pain as that was my main source for downloading HD TV rips, but i’ll just go back to using torrents. no biggie.

  40. Eagle
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:00

    Long live newsgroups ladies !!!

  41. da
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:04

    Everyone should go learn about Usenet.

    SSL transfers, 200meg+ download speeds, 1000+ day retention.

    Take a look at Newshosting.com, Sabnzbd+, and NZBMatrix.com

    Those three sites will get you started and quite pleased I’m sure.

  42. Hyp
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:09
  43. What???
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:13

    I don’t see what the problem is apart from the fact that you guys are trying to get rich of wares which btw is something you should NOT do. A file host was busted, a few have stopped the sharing of links altogether, and a few more stopped their incentive to share the file links. So what? This is the internet they cannot stop warez, they cannot stop file sharing. Why? Cause warze and file sharing are mames and mames are ideas that live forever.
    In the past 6 years alone I have downloaded roughly 50 terabytes since then, at least 70% of that is from torrents, maby 20% from file hosts, 10% direct http downloading. To the guys who think file hosts are safer than torrents, you are WRONG. I say that from experience, downloading torrents in america for 4 years and australia for 2 years. I have never been sued and have never been threatened by the entertainment industry (at least personally), even though my ip must have been recorded by thousands, maby tens of thousands of torrent trackers. I simply don’t care as I also know my ip has been recorded by every file host I have used (I have used at least 45-50 file hosts), every web page I have ever visited, my ip would have been logged by rlsl*gs sever at least 500,000 times over the years martain has had this blog running. I could get into a lot more trouble from the cookies from file servers (combined with my logged ip) than I could from using torrents. And as long as there is at least one seed you are almost guaranteed to get what you are downloading, although it may take a while. Too slow you say? Your missing the point. The point is torrents are free and they are not centralised like file servers (apart from the trackers, but magnet torrents avoid this). Its that simple. And when are you going to learn? Other file hosts will take the place of those that are failing us, and other file sharing services will take the place of file servers, and another technology will take the place of file sharing. So you can rest assured us pirates will always be here. We may be loosing a few battles here and there, but we already won the war years ago. The industry and governments are to stupid to realise this fact. And reading the posts about file servers over the past few days tells me we have too many people loosing face (not only the people who own and operate them but the people who use them) because they are scared that a small portion of the piracy eco-system has gone down and now they don’t know what to do. There is still torrents, usenet, ftp servers, and http servers, and irc. Get a life you pirate wannabes. If you keep posting about how the end of piracy is neigh there will be a lot more causality’s in this war as you will only strengthen the industry’s resolve when they read your pathetic posts.

  44. Kyle
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:16

    filestore.to

    fileshare.to

    datei.to

  45. Kokain
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:22

    I don’t care if neither of you return to ReleaseLog. This site can function on just one link from somebody like Rapidshare or MediaFire. This is not the end of warez. It’s the end of profitable file sharing and pyramid schemes. The skanky money making file sharing sites made this a competition, “whoever uploads first wins” but nobody cared about longevity of those links. Go back 10-20 pages on release log and see if any of those links are still alive and you will know what I mean.

  46. quero-quero
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:23

    This sucks big ! Hope everything gets back to normal asap…
    All the best for u guys.

  47. DVDguy
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:28

    If your torrents are full of fake files you are downloading from the wrong place! I’ve NEVER had a bad file… EVER. Seedbox is your friend.

  48. whatty@yahoo.com
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:45

    Looks like megashares is going the same way, every link is showing as “All download slots for this link are currently filled.
    Please try again momentarily.”

    Looks like it’s on the way out or consulting lawyers and protecting itself.

  49. HD Freak
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:49

    SOPA will not only kill cyberlocker but also the HD multimedia player as ppl only buy them to play the stuffs they downloaded from the internet… and ppl will once again focus their attention to pirated DVDs and CDs.
    They actually didn’t solve the piracy problem, just shifting it back and forth… back to the 90′s ppl…

  50. Dotcom
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:58

    @Dave and similar people. Why not everybody use torrents, etc. Well, because some ISP’s are blocking bittorrent traffic. Like mine, for example (Bridgemaxx). OK, there is a way to bypass that (by using VPN service which cost and has limited monthly traffic). Usenet cost too. Many people cannot afford it. Just imagine cost: Internet service + Usenet cost + VPN service each month. Yes, I’m paying it but not everybody does. It’s still cheaper than paying for movies, songs and software. So, people should start paying fot this services and stop using web downloads at all. Just my 2 cents.

  51. Avinash
    January 23rd, 2012 | 18:59

    F**K THE GOVERNMENT……..

  52. who cares
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:04

    So what? There will always be ways to get what you want and honestly, I welcome the end of the affiliate payments. Hopefully that will stop the race to the bottom with idiots posting fake files as soon as possible. This site in particular somehow was on the forefront of that.

  53. qw
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:13

    Before affiliate programs and reward schemes, people actually shared files because they wanted to, not because they were going to get paid for doing so. Okay, I understand there’s no incentive to uploading to a filehoster anymore. Boo-flipping-hoo, cry me a river. You’re no longer profiting from sharing stuff that was released freely in the first place? You are no better than the guy on the street who sells bootlegged physical copies. If there’s anybody I feel sorry for, it’s the tiny minority of people who use these filehosters “legitimately” and may end up losing their non-copyright infringing data in the mass deletion.

    We’re all going on as if the absence of these filehosters means no more sharing, but filehosters with no payouts still exist. Torrents still exist. News groups still exist. Hell, Gnutella and eDonkey still exists. It might not be as fast as you’ve been accustomed to, and there are still dumb people who don’t know how to tell the fakes apart from the real deal, but so what? Getting your free entertainment at a slower speed is a First World problem and you look silly complaining about it.

  54. Kokain
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:18

    @51 You don’t need VPN if you subscribed to Usenet. They will give you SSL connection.

  55. m.
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:29

    That’s why I recommended rapidshare to my friend. Few weeks ago he wanted to buy one of the other hosts, but I recommended not to. At least with rapidshare we all know what the deal is (they have managed to defend themselves in court). Still I wouldn’t extend rapidshare for more than a year, RIAA is still trying to close them down.
    As old school P2P user, I’m amazed that there are sites like rapidshare. I think that these sites actually have killed most of the P2P services (emule? soulseek? irc?), only torrents are still alive (mainly because most services have strict limits to the bandwidth and the size of the file).

  56. pickle
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:39

    Mediafire would be great if I could get a program that converted mediafire links to direct links (and then paste them in a download manager). The programs I’ve found don’t seem to extract the direct links.

    I will miss MU, though. I could download a 700MB movie in 5 minutes and a 1 GB movie in 10 minutes. Plus forums devoted to MU housed many things not available on torrents. Shame.

  57. Kima
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:46

    usenet fing sucks, i rather use tracker with fake files.

  58. stryju
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:49

    so wait… i have my premium account bought out for 2 yrs – so now i can.. like… shove up my ass?

    can i demand money back?

  59. Filipe
    January 23rd, 2012 | 19:57
  60. anon
    January 23rd, 2012 | 20:08

    It may be the revival of good ol’ FXPing again ;)

  61. Fileserve DEAD...
    January 23rd, 2012 | 20:10

    Demand a refund from Fileserve/Filesonic if you have a premium account, i did, got my refund for 6 month account in 10 minutes….bring the spine-less gits to their knees…

  62. Jeff
    January 23rd, 2012 | 20:35

    Honestly I am surprised it took this long….
    Oh well, part of the game…

  63. Things to throw out
    January 23rd, 2012 | 20:39

    Oron sucks ass for free users, to much waiting…

  64. Intr0
    January 23rd, 2012 | 20:46

    This isn’t the end of filehosts, but it could very well be the end of affiliate programs. They were always on thin ice. Now the US seems to have been granted permission to extradite people from anywhere in the world for filesharing, to face charges in the US, even if the suspect has never been to the US. That is a pretty big threat to anyone profiting from uploading stuff. As long as stuff like twitter, facebook, irc exists there will always be filesharing. but maybe it has gone too far? When I downloaded my first ever ware back in ’97 I was 1 in 5000. Now I’m part of the 80% majority.

  65. Hank
    January 23rd, 2012 | 21:11

    i hope it *is* the end of affiliate programs. when i first started downloading stuff, nobody had heard of fileserve or megaupload.

    now all people want to do is line their own pockets.

  66. HCK
    January 23rd, 2012 | 21:14

    Did I really just see people defending Obama on this? You are aware, are you not, that he is EXTREMELY friendly with Hollywood? And that his last-minute “concerns” about SOPA/PIPA were spurred only by a huge public uprising on the issue? And that the Megaupload raid was very, very likely the response after major Hollywood money people threatened to pull their support of his re-election effort?

    I have little doubt that these issues would have been a non-starter with a President McCain, who tends to be very libertarian on issues like this.

    Face it, you shouldn’t be surprised that this happened after we elected a President with close ties to Hollywood. It’s not a partisan issue–the same would be true if Ronald Reagan had been elected four years ago.

  67. No Torrents
    January 23rd, 2012 | 21:18

    Torrents is the worst idea ever. You need fairly complicated, expensive and/or slow VPN access or you’re just telling the whole world that your IP adress is sharing files (wasn’t there a women in the US who should pay $1.5 Million just for doing that with 24 music titles?). And it must be a VPN you really trust.

    Usenet is better but it’s very slow as there is a huge overhead. And more often than not the files are corrupted after download because parts are missing and you have to mess around a lot to ask for re-uploads.

    Both are especially horrible for big files, like Blue-Rays.

  68. poopndaddy
    January 23rd, 2012 | 21:41

    RLSLOG, no one forces you to use hosts that have affiliate programs. Stop being so greedy and contribute to the community.

  69. Sterling Archer
    January 23rd, 2012 | 21:44

    If Reagan were elected 4 years ago there is no way he would have any thing to do with shutting down file storage lockers.

    I mean come on, the guy’s been dead for over 7 years.

  70. torrenttpb
    January 23rd, 2012 | 21:49

    why is it that every time i come to this sorry excuse for a scene news page (which used to be good i might add) that all i see is “GET A ZEVERA ACCOUNT PAID ADVERTISEMENT”?

    martin or whatever your name is, go get a job and stop bombarding ppl with useless adds for your income. the ‘server cost’ excuse is BS and everybody knows it. your database contains nothing but TEXTTT. u can run this page from an i386 from the 90s. server costs? no

    do u really think promoting these filesharing hosts with piracy is GOOD for the community? take your paid advertisements with you when rlslog sees its last day, which will be soon. thank god

  71. torrentftw
    January 23rd, 2012 | 22:00

    why is it that every time i come to this sorry excuse for a scene news page (which used to be good i might add) that all i see is “GET A ZEVERA ACCOUNT PAID ADVERTISEMENT”?

    do u really think promoting these filesharing hosts with piracy is GOOD for the community? take your paid advertisements with you when rlslog sees its last day, which will be soon….its sites like this that are detrimental to the community as a whole. its about free information, NOT pay for this filehoster and get a second account from this one!

  72. Intr0
    January 23rd, 2012 | 22:12

    Rlslog is a great place to catch the latest releases, usually with links before most places and useful comments about whether they are any good or not. It also has a huge traffic turnover being he number 1 site of it’s kind and that costs. I hope Rlslog can live on for many years, but I think if it’s to survive it needs to evolve into something different. I’m not deluded enough to think I’m the genius who knows what that is. But RLSlog has earnt it’s stripes and is big enough survive as long as it’s starts making contingencies. In the long term though, what’s the exit-strategy a legal content distribution, news and reviews site? In real time before or as stuff is released or broadcast? The release RLS tag could win through to legitimacy, like Youtube did. but that’s a long way away right now lmao.

  73. mike
    January 23rd, 2012 | 22:37

    @No Torrents
    that women in the US who pay $1.5 Million for 24 music titles was using P2P i.e (USENET)to share those files.

  74. mindless
    January 23rd, 2012 | 22:41

    I’ve never used any of the services mentioned, so it doesn’t really bother me. Virtually everything posted on here is available via usenet for those who want it. Guess the kids crying over this will need to find an alternate source of “income” – a real job perhaps?

  75. danial
    January 23rd, 2012 | 22:44

    @58 try use jdownloader

  76. h
    January 23rd, 2012 | 22:46
  77. trickyricky
    January 23rd, 2012 | 23:09

    @ 49 whatty@yahoo.com

    The reason you are getting ““All download slots for this link are currently filled.
    Please try again momentarily.”

    is because you are using it as a free user NOT a paid user

    There are only a certain amount of “free” slots available!

  78. hr-
    January 23rd, 2012 | 23:19

    zevera wont work without the hosting sites so save your money.. love how they are trying to milk the situation.

    And rlslog are letting them for a few lousy dollars..

  79. rUANHOLL
    January 23rd, 2012 | 23:22

    are we allowed to cry, other blogs like mukki and one link and mega release are about to close…no more money for hosting and bills
    wat will happen to rlslog, im fixing to cry …seriously
    hopefully mr mart saved alot of money for rlslog lol

  80. Jimbo
    January 23rd, 2012 | 23:40

    Originally, yes, it was all about sharing, but then again these affiliate programs do push people to upload alternate links and get involved. For money. So? It’s not like people have to pay to download, unless they want better downloading conditions, everything is free to download.

    Lets see now, when uploaders don’t get money what will happen to all the “mirrors” out there and how many will benevolently upload, i.e for nothing, to satisfy your warez needs?

    Very few realize how much time it takes to prep uploads, never mind upload and verify, make post, preview images, and so on.

    And while BitTorrent is an alternative, and I know, I’ve been using it for a long time, the amount of uploaded torrents, on TPB for ex., has dropped visibly, considering how many filehosts have been introduced in the past 2 years after the rapidshare fallout.

    I myself have stopped dling from torrents and getting my shows from RS exclusively. This resulted in less traffic, less hardware expansions or even maybe reductions for the bt announce servers. If there won’t be any alternatives, people will assault these servers like there’s no tomorrow and we’ll still ave shi77y services until maters resolve, and it will take time.

    People can blame it on greed, but that thing was helpful.

    This is coming from a guy that is not an uploader and never profited from such services.

  81. SCeNe
    January 23rd, 2012 | 23:42

    LOL @ closing reward programs, this is the end of RLSLOG.

  82. cold
    January 24th, 2012 | 00:02

    what we should do is stop buying, cd’s, dvd’s, blu-ray – until our freedom is back; their say that internet prejudice the thing, let’s show them.

  83. Dredwerkz
    January 24th, 2012 | 00:25

    Old school scene was never for profit. Morons have brought this on yourselves.

  84. J-Dog
    January 24th, 2012 | 00:26

    @torrents? (#17)

    When your working with torrents, yes, your IP address is sent out to all members of the swarm to know you are good to talk to to up/down- load data to. Its not as readily available, but don’t think that your IP isn’t being logged when your using file locker sites. Think about it… How do they limit free users from downloading more than 1 file at a time? By IP… It’ll take more than just jumping on the torrent to find whose downloading it (ie they’ll likely need a court order) but it’s still out there…

    Of course, the scary part… With torrents, its only who is actively connected when they’re logging, so if you get on before or after they are, you’re safe. With filehosts, they potentially, depending on their retention & logging means, have a list of everyone who has downloaded that file since it was first uploaded. Of course the data is probably only retained for a few hours or so, possibly a few days. But they could keep it for weeks, months, or even years… Possibly, everything you (or I) ever downloaded from Megaupload is sitting on the servers that the FBI now has, just waiting for them to match IP addresses to account holders…

    @Paddy the Brave (#29)

    Try getting on board some private trackers. You’ll unlikely find any fake or malware-ladin torrents (if someone does post one, they’re quickly found & removed, and often the uploader will be banished from the community). Most will limit each episode/movie/album/etc to just 1 torrent, rather than the hundreds you might find on a public tracker. This brings everyone together, enlarging the swarm, ensuring there are more people to share with, increasing your chances of getting a full copy faster. And since private trackers force you to maintain a good share ratio, people will often leave their torrents seed as long as possible, rather than \hitting-and-running\ where as soon as they have 100% of it, they stop the torrent from sharing. Not saying you’ll always find 100% of the torrent, I’ve been sitting at 99.7% on one for the longest time… but… The odds are more in your favor. Many may use seedboxes, servers set up in a data center where they have a constant (near 24/7), faster than what you have at home connection. While I might average 1 or 2kbs on public trackers, I easily get a over 400kbs (sometimes close to 1mbs) on private trackers thanks to seedboxes. A lot of the trackers will be niche specific – only dealing with a certain kind of Anime, or only with shows from the BBC, etc… And will usually be good places to look for more obscure files that you might have been looking for for awhile… And private trackers also generally get their files before public trackers do… And since there are often some application process to get in, there’s less of a chance that Big Brother might be part of your swarm harvesting your IP… Not a completely 0 percent change, but much much lower than public trackers.

  85. Downloader
    January 24th, 2012 | 00:49

    Another Era is coming to an end. Download Life will find a way just the way it did all these years and every new way is an improvement.

  86. cooltoday
    January 24th, 2012 | 00:49

    The funny thing actually is that most are willing to pay a monthly fee (like for the hosters).
    I padi between 20 and 30 bucks a month for hoster.

    I would pay like 20 bucks a month to download all sitcoms I want.
    Image the industry setting up a service for sitcoms or movies like spotify.
    You pay a monthly fee and can stream or download any sitcom / movie you want…..

    @JDog
    Where can I find private tracker for seedboxes? What are good websites to join for sitcoms?

  87. hatari
    January 24th, 2012 | 00:58

    Just wanted to clarify something – you don’t get sued/caught for downloading but for UPloading. This has always been the case. Kazaa suits were all from people sharing directories on their computers. Torrent suits are because people are dumb enough to reveal their IPs by uploading while downloading.
    It isn’t ever illegal to download media – if you already own a legal copy of whatever it is. And nobody can prove you don’t or didn’t at some point in the past.
    So who cares if you’re IP is being logged here or at megawhatever.

  88. lewis
    January 24th, 2012 | 01:23

    people are just going to resort to torrents, as the remaining sites left are gonna get flodded and download speeds are gonna be dropped.

    USENET for the win!

  89. Burner
    January 24th, 2012 | 01:41

    It really does suck that are the top 2 file hosts MU and FS are done (I’m really gonna miss the fast DL speed and the long lasting links) but i’m sure new file hosts will spring up cuz the money to be made from affliate programs is so much that well in the case of KimDotCom you can own the most expensive mansion in New Zealand worth 30 mil LOL. File hosts are just gonna have to be smarter from now on and avoid USA territory and .com domains

  90. dddd
    January 24th, 2012 | 01:56

    a dddd rant…

    Usenet is going to be the next target.

  91. 1ns0mn14
    January 24th, 2012 | 02:01

    Obama, get your FBI hounds under control. Leave filehosts alone.

  92. Jblo
    January 24th, 2012 | 02:36

    @19 & @23

    You don’t have to be worried now but soon you will need to worry just take a look at this.. “The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada” http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/6257/125/

    Also everyone who uploads should go here..

    Anonymous will shortly be launcing their own Cyberlocker http://www.anonyupload.com/

  93. Borat
    January 24th, 2012 | 04:08

    Torrents (P2P) ≠ Usenet

  94. Steve Austin
    January 24th, 2012 | 04:46

    @#35, “Obvious” – Are you seriously trying to blame Obama for stopping the outright theft of content? Seriously, that’s your beef? Dude, we are all getting this stuff for free! Stop whining. There are plenty of other ways to get your stuff.

    The major lockers were being too blatant – flaunting the laws while driving around in Hummers and claiming they didn’t know that people were stealing. Serves them (us) right.

    Take a clue from the Mafia: keep your dealings subtle and under the radar and the authorities will leave you alone.

  95. Anon
    January 24th, 2012 | 05:43

    If I fart on your pillow and you put your face on it, will you get pink eye? :o
    But seriously, I hope rlslog stays up or it will be harder to check up on releases, it sure is annoying sorting through all the foreign tv show and other junk posted on orlydb just under the shows section. Rlslog made it nice and clean and only the more popular shows listed which people actually care about.

  96. Sigma957
    January 24th, 2012 | 05:50

    Guys can you STOP posting material from Indie Game Developers and music artist that are not part of the RIAA machine? Same for Independent filmakers not aligned with the MPAA? Have a field day with the Hollywood blockbusters and the whole Universal catalog but please have consideration for the independent devlopers and artist. They are the ones we shouldn’t be jeopardizing.

    America is leading toward civil war. Many laws in the next few laws being snuck through or passing unchallenged. Be vigilant. Anonymous asked all US citizens to stand outside places of goverment on Nov 5, 2012 and say NO MORE. I will not be stamped, indexed, filed….

  97. AlienGod
    January 24th, 2012 | 06:24

    @ sigma, you realize those small unknown movies and games, barely anyone downloads them anyway AND they get actually very much recognition from piracy… these really independent tiny games would often not even be KNOWN if they werent posted on sites like this ! Im not kidding. If people didnt see it on some rls blog how would they even know of its existence in the first place? I never check anywhere for games except occasionally on Steam which if they want to advertise their game title there it would cost them $$$, so actually having their game name posted on these type of sites is FREE advertisement and probably ends up making money for them from the people who see it and then go “yeah they are small company, I will BUY the game actually”. So think about that.

  98. man up
    January 24th, 2012 | 06:25

    go back to torrents or learn to use usenet newbz.

  99. Jblo
    January 24th, 2012 | 06:52

    @100

    Don’t you have to pay to use usenet? :)

  100. meh
    January 24th, 2012 | 07:08

    over 50% of usenet files contain viruses unfortunately, thats from my experience

  101. Sillybear
    January 24th, 2012 | 08:45

    First off, yes you have to pay for a good usenet server, but you are paying for quality. The servers have files hosted from 2-3 years ago. You can’t really find a movie posted two years ago on Filesonic as easily as usenet. Download speeds are always consistent and usually max out no matter what part of the world you are from if you pick the right server. If you compare the price to the features usenet wins hands down.

    If you are a complete moron you can find a virus on a torrent site, cyberlocker, usenet, or whatever your poison is. I have been using USENET for over ten years and have never had a virus that I didn’t just look at the files before opening them and notice hey it is a virus.

    If you are worried about Viruses then just download nzbs off of a site like nzbmatrix. People will at least comment if the files are complete or if it contains anything other then the posted file. Unlike this site where you have to learn from experience who you can and can’t trust or just click on a link and hope it is not a fake…..that’s from my experience on cyberlockers…

    If you haven’t used usenet before then you are really missing out. Every form of filesharing from napster, irc, torrents, and so on have come and gone, but usenet is still going strong. Usenet has only taken minor blows over time because the main focus has always been on torrents or now cyberlockers.

  102. Jblo
    January 24th, 2012 | 09:28

    Well you can forget about usenet if ACTA passes which it looks like it will, ACTA is bigger then SOPA/PIPA. ACTA can be passed without the approval from Congress and the Supreme Court.

    Sign this petition now 6,536 people needed by Feb.20

    https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions?_escaped_fragment_=/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK#!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK

  103. torrentz blow
    January 24th, 2012 | 10:15

    Torrenting is slow, I don’t want to deal with seeding and private trackers. Was on usenet a long time ago, I like file lockers the best. It is convenient and very fast (as fast as my bandwidth). Nothing better. So no matter what stupid insults anyone has for people not using torrents or usenet, there is a reason you are here and that is because file lockers were a much better option. Now it is much harder to find files and the speeds are slower. That seems like a valid reason to be upset with the U.S. decision to play police for the MPAA.

  104. moses
    January 24th, 2012 | 14:44

    Hello
    thank you for this comments, now i know more whats its apend?
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  105. Borat
    January 24th, 2012 | 14:59

    @Jblo, Usenet can be free, I use a free binaries server, downloading a 68 days old file at 1.2 MB/s at the moment.

    And no, I’m not going to say which server it is, har har har.

  106. jim
    January 24th, 2012 | 16:18

    just use Wupload and torrents lol

  107. lol
    January 24th, 2012 | 20:47

    lol usenet will never be a target. its been around since the beginning of the internet. The worst that has happened to usenet is the fake files, which can be easily spotted.

    The ONLY reason i am on rlslog everyday is to see whats new to download then i go off and grab it off usenet.

  108. Deadman
    January 24th, 2012 | 21:04

    @110

    I wouldn’t be laughing because usenet will be a target if ACTA passes.

    Newspapers reported that the draft agreement would empower security officials at airports and other international borders to conduct random ex officio searches of laptops, MP3 players, and cellular phones for illegally downloaded or “ripped” music and movies. Travellers with infringing content would be subject to a fine and may have their devices confiscated or destroyed.

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published “Speak out against ACTA”, stating that the ACTA threatens free software by creating a culture “in which the freedom that is required to produce free software is seen as dangerous and threatening rather than creative, innovative, and exciting.”[10] ACTA would also require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media; this would substantially affect many sites that offer free software or host software projects such as SourceForge. Specifically, the FSF argues that ACTA will make it more difficult and expensive to distribute free software via file sharing and P2P technologies like BitTorrent, which are currently used to distribute large amounts of free software. The FSF also argues that ACTA will make it harder for users of free operating systems to play non-free media because DRM protected media would not be legally playable with free software.

    So sign petition now before it’s too late… https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions?_escaped_fragment_=/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK#!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK

  109. masha
    January 25th, 2012 | 00:05

    looks like we need to revive the idea of buying an island and declare it as an independant nation to host our servers over there. God bless your soul piratebay

  110. mike
    January 25th, 2012 | 02:55

    You guys do know ? That ACTA already passed in October of 2011.

  111. Gamblor
    January 25th, 2012 | 17:02

    Been looking into newsgroups on and off for a while, but was always happy with DDL links. Looks like nows the time to look into it further. Does anyone have any easy to understand guide surrounding newsgroups in general?

    Comments on the easy of search, price plans etc would be very helpful

    Cheers

  112. 600B31251632
    January 26th, 2012 | 18:23

    Can you blame these guys? They saw the business model of Usenet alt.binary long retention services such as Giganews, and used their own way to re-implement it. Are paid Usenet services with long alt.binary group retention untouchable? I haven’t seen a single service drop out like some of the other file lockers are doing. The only Usenet providers left that give access to alt.binary groups are paid services. From my Wikipedia research it showed that most ISP providers dropped access to these groups. Torrents/P2P or other forms of non profit sharing need to make a comeback. I’m sure most warez scene release groups aren’t in it for the money anyways.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt.*_hierarchy

  113. The Talented Mr. Ripley
    January 30th, 2012 | 06:19

    Torrents is the way to go , I always used torrents when the file is bigger than 250MBs given that the file is available. Link choices are limited now and likely will be for the time being. Most cyberlockers will shut down identical services that they assumed MegaUpload was pinned for. It’s crazy how they cut off the legit user from their files, I read about a class action suit being proposed against the US government. To be continued……..

  114. Tonny
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    Is Fileserve Back?

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