DMCA Experiment, Part 3: Searching For The Delete Triggers

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So far, so good. In the first two steps, we established that anti-piracy firms use bots that check for certain parameters, the most important being keywords or keyphrases. If an exact release name is used as a title (for example Game.Of.Thrones.S05E01.FRENCH.720p.HDTV.x264-Scaph), it seems to triggers a sure takedown, even if the rest of the subject line clearly shows the file …

Highwinds And The New Usenet Monopoly

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Usenet is one of the oldest discussion platforms on the Internet. Long before the World Wide Web with all its flashy websites and services became what we know today, people all over the world discussed politics, programming, or asked where the next episode of Star Wars would be released (remember that one episode of The Simpsons?). Of course, in the …

DMCA Experiment, Part 2: Ramping Things Up

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Now that we got our first takedown in step 1 of this experiment, things are going to get a bit more effective and aggressive. Since the sheer amount of possibilities and variations in header, file sizes etc. are just too many to test using our home Internet connection, we’re moving to a VPS, a virtual private server you can rent …

DMCA Live Experiment: Refuting A False Takedown

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Here is our exchange with Newshosting. As part of our DMCA experiment, we wanted to find out how providers react to DMCA takedown requests and how the whole process works. It took a while after the takedown for the message to reach us, but when it did our account was restricted from posting. Follow us as we file an appeal …

QuickPar Tutorial – How To Repair Your Downloads

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This article describes how QuickPar works and how to repair Usenet downloads with it. If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to create your own parity archives for your own Usenet uploads, please check out our guide on how to upload to Usenet:  How To Upload To Usenet, Step 2: Creating Recovery Using QuickPar Anyone who has been using …

Are There “Exclusive” Newsgroups From SSL-News?

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Usenet was always meant to be accessible to anyone, and especially when it comes to binary newsgroups were all the files we love so much are posted, all are available without any limitations. However, in 2014, some Usenet forums became notorious for some bold claims, concerning so-called “private” or “exclusive” newsgroups. The claim is that these forums (or Usenet posting teams) …

Binreader Configuration Guide

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To use Binreader, you don’t have to go through all the options. Here are the most important things: – Enter your provider information under “Server”. – Activate SSL (encryption) in the same tab. – For maximum performance, check the following option under “Advanced”: “Buffer downloads in memory”, and increase the number of connections until you get full speed. ADVANCED GUIDE: …

NZBClub – A Very Cool Search Engine Indeed

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NZBClub is another free Usenet search engine, and definitely among the better ones out there. Bankrolled by advertising for Usenet providers on its front page, there are almost no ads on the entire site (except for one very annoying exception). Advanced search features allow you to pinpoint file size, newsgroups to search, and age of file, definitely a good thing. …