DMCA Experiment, Part 1: Getting Our First Takedowns

The Main Guru DMCA Experiment, Usenet 0 Comments

This is part 1 of our DMCA experiment. Let’s see what happens… if you don’t know what this is all about, feel free to have a look at the overview linked below.

DMCA Experiment: Overview

On reddit, we got a tip-off about UFC Fights, which one user claimed would likely be “the winner”. Okay, then why not try this for our first try?


Batch 1: UFC Fight League

Current status:
Still online – Not DMCA’d

Aggressiveness: high to very high

Header (for all three posts): UFC Fight Night 70 HDTV x264 Fight-BB
Content: Three of the four have Ubuntu images, with archives named to mimic the real thing. The third one contains a copy of “TBP AFK”, an award-winning documentary, also renamed accordingly.
Poster information: Easily recognizable (branded as “www.TheLoadGuru.com”, email “nospam@theloadguru.com”)
Note attached? Yes, all have an NFO or text file attached with information about this experiment, and that it is a fake.

NZB download:

Post 1
Post 2
Post 3
Post 4


Batch 2: Game Of Thrones

Current status:
Still online – Not DMCA’d

Aggressiveness: high to very high

Headers: Game.of.Thrones.S05E01 (or very similar)
Content: Ubuntu images, some renamed to look like the actual thing, some not.
Poster information: Easily recognizable (branded as “www.TheLoadGuru.com”, email “nospam@theloadguru.com”)
Note attached? Yes, all have an NFO or text file attached with information about this experiment, and that it is a fake.

NZB download:

Post 1
(For this batch, we forgot to add NZBs for each separate upload, so the NZB includes all of them in one. Sorry!)


Batch 3: Game Of Thrones

Current status:
DMCA’d – Has Been Deleted 

Aggressiveness: high to very high

Headers: Game.of.Thrones.S05E10 (or very similar)
Content: An Ubuntu image / TPB AFK, renamed to resemble a real upload.
Poster information: Easily recognizable (branded as “www.TheLoadGuru.com”, email “nospam@theloadguru.com”)
Note attached? Yes, all have an NFO or text file attached with information about this experiment, and that it is a fake.

NZB download: N/A

Part 1 of our experiment is finished. Result: We got our first DMCA takedown and Newshosting decided to revoke our posting privileges. Read all about it in:

DMCA Experiment Part 1: Recap

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