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Postby SlyckTom » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:43 am

There’s an ominous shift in the copyright enforcement tactics used by the entertainment industry. While BitTorrent busts seem to come cheap these days, a significant number of the entertainment hungry populace have abandoned this protocol in exchange for file-sharing communities that use upload sites such as MegaUpload.com and RapidShare. Such was the case for DownloadRevolution.net, where nearly 30,000 individuals traded prime entertainment in a forum environment.

The diversification of file-sharing towards centralized, upload based websites like RapidShare has its benefits. Because these sites are download only, there is little concern for the end user. Downloaders have historically faced virtually no enforcement action – an action generally reserved for uploaders. Secondly, there are no upload bandwidth considerations, allowing the end user to download rather large files without consuming tremendous amounts of bandwidth. And because the files are stored in a centralized repository, there’s often times little concern whether the file will download in a manageable amount of time. Like Usenet, if the file is viable, it will download as fast as the end user’s download speed.

These incentives have driven many individuals away from BitTorrent and P2P and towards centralized resources such as DownloadRevolution.net and Usenet. However this convenience comes at a price. Today, Italian police raided the home administration of DownloadRevolution.net, arresting 4 individuals. According to one translated Italian report, 3 of the 4 individuals were “children”, however, their ages weren’t divulged. The raid on the administration’s home resulted in the seizure of 17 computers, 3 external hard disks, 1 memory card, 486 CD-ROMs and DVDs and, according to the difficult to read translation, about 5,700 unauthorized duplications. According to the police and the prosecution, their investigation revealed that over “6,405 works protected by copyright between music files, videos, games, software and various movies” were traded, most of which were music files.

The raid and closure of DownloadRevolution.net highlights the benefits and deficiencies of P2P networking. Although P2P and BitTorrent can be slow at times, its decentralized nature ensures its longevity. Centralized trading sites like DownloadRevolution.net can provide blazing speeds and near-guaranteed downloads, however, once the head is cut, the remaining community loses its cohesion. DownloadRevolution.net is gone forever, yet the desire for entertainment isn’t going anywhere.



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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby ntscuser » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:05 am

According to one translated Italian report, 3 of the 4 individuals were “children”, however, their ages weren’t divulged.
They sound like very smart kids? Should have no problem finding future employment. Maybe even the Bill Gates' and Steve Jobs' of the future? (I could have said the "Slyck Toms" of the future but that would sound like I was crawling :lol: )
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby tguZZZ » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:14 pm

So downloadrevolution.net was one of those 2 million boards/blogs/sites that offer direct-download links for movies, games etc?

There are soooooo many of them and in many countries (Netherlands ...) the're doing nothing illegal as they don't host any copyrighted stuff. The only real "head" of this direct download scene is google ("[name] + rapidshare" -> finds everything") and I doubt they will be able to cut google off. Rapidshare is just the best, always maximum speed (if you're annoyed by waiting times just get a friends premium acc ...), everything(movies/games) available and no risk of being caught: think about it :)
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Overnet User » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:32 am

I tried download revolution once and I could find about everything there up until I went to download it. When I would try that, I would get redirected and redirected and more redirected. I did however get one successfully downloaded file finally. After that, I said thats it with it. Anyways, I thought that it looked too good to be true and I had a feeling that the site would get busted. I'm sure that they did a good job with the site but I just had too many fakes being that whatever I typed in I would get about 300 results it seemed like on every file, even ones that I just made up out of my head as well. I thought it was fishy. But now, thanks to this article, I have found great replacements given that I now have some information about the site and how it worked. It is possible that maybe when I checked it out, it was a scam site and maybe it went legit, (sort of) but anyhow, its not here any more. Could it be that I spoke too soon?

everyone try this one
and does anyone have any ideas about it?

http://www.down rev.net
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Sauce Dip » Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:26 am

tguZZZ wrote:the're doing nothing illegal as they don't host any copyrighted stuff.

Of course it's illegal to give others access to copyrighted stuff.
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Paladwyn » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:37 am

tguZZZ wrote:So downloadrevolution.net was one of those 2 million boards/blogs/sites that offer direct-download links for movies, games etc?

There are soooooo many of them and in many countries (Netherlands ...) the're doing nothing illegal as they don't host any copyrighted stuff. The only real "head" of this direct download scene is google ("[name] + rapidshare" -> finds everything") and I doubt they will be able to cut google off. Rapidshare is just the best, always maximum speed (if you're annoyed by waiting times just get a friends premium acc ...), everything(movies/games) available and no risk of being caught: think about it :)


They don't have to go after google, if you say Rapidshare is good, they will be the next to go.
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby piXelatedEmpire » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:50 pm

Sauce Dip wrote:
tguZZZ wrote:the're doing nothing illegal as they don't host any copyrighted stuff.

Of course it's illegal to give others access to copyrighted stuff.

Well that is certainly open for debate. And guess what? Each country has their own laws about such things (and some don't have any laws about such things at all).
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby thejynxed » Fri Jul 04, 2008 12:25 pm

Interesting note: The numbers are quite often inflated. The authorities count each individual song as one instance, and then if those songs form an entire album, then they count that "full album" as an instance as well.

Cheaters :P

Also - it's easy to track these admins down if they run the sites from their own homes. Power companies get suspicious and when the police come looking for clues, are more than willing to cough up the info as to who is using abnormal amounts of electricity. One of the classic ways that they also catch marijuana growers.
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Overnet User » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:17 am

I figured that I would give the companies the finger, wait, I have been doing that all along lol. Also I thoght that since the people wanted to take down DownloadRevolution, they may as well take down Google and everything on the entire world wide web. Yeah, like thats going to happen.....


If you enjoy this, you can do the same thing to rapidshare as well.


To see all video files available on MegaUpload...
google: avi|mpg|mpeg|wmv|rmvb site:megaupload.com
To see all music files available on MegaUpload...
google: mp3|ogg|wma site:megaupload.com
To see all archives and programs available on MegaUpload...
google: zip|rar|exe site:megaupload.com
Want some pdf ebooks?
google: pdf site:megaupload.com

To see all video files available on rapidshare...

google: +inurl:avi|mpg|wmv site:rapidshare.de


To see all archives and programs available...

google: +inurl:exe|rar|zip site:rapidshare.de


To see all music files available...

google: +inurl:wma|mp3|ogg site:rapidshare.de


This should show all files available...

google: .* site:rapidshare.de



and a little more:

Google: Search 4Shared for Free Music, Movies, ebooks, and Archives
Google: Search Badongo for Free Music, Videos, eBooks and Archives
Google: Search eSnips for Free Videos, Music, eBooks, Comics, and Archives
Google: Search Rapidshare For Free Videos, Music, Archives, and Other Files
Google: Search Orbitfiles for Free Videos, Music, and Archives
Find Free eBooks with Google (Electronic Books)
Google: Find Free MP3s, WMAs, OGGs, and Other Music Files
Google: Search MediaFire for Free Videos, Music, Comics, and Archives
Google: Search DivShare for Free Music, Videos, and Archives
Google: Search Humyo for Free Music, Movies, TV Episodes and Music Videos

Hope this helps :-)

And if anyone gets bored, here are some more sites to play around with

List of Rapidshare/MegaUpload Similar Sites

Here list of Rapidshare/Megaupload similar sites all around the net. It based on searching on google.com, and unordered, so it is not based on popularity.

* http://www.badongo.com/ - Free file hosting service that enables user to upload unlimited files (up to 1 GB per file), with no sign up required to upload or download. But upon sign up user will gain more advantages called ‘Badongo Buddy’ features, this feature will unlock access to many tools such as photo gallery/album, multiple uploads, drag and drop upload via IE, search uploaded files etc. Download accelerator is not supported here.
* http://filecargo.com/ - host as many files as you wish, limited maximum 50MB per file without sign up, you can also attach the upload box into your web. Also after upload, there are list of recently uploaded files showed here. Download accelerator is not supported here.
* http://www.filecrunch.com/ - Haven’t tested yet, but it is written that filecrunch supports download accelerator on each uploaded files, it is a fast, easy and free file hosting unlimited files with up to 250 MB per file size. It also auto generating code to embedd it in forums, blogs, email etc.
* http://www.filefactory.com/ - Upload and download files without have to register it first, but upon registration you will able to track downloaded file, create file & music widget etc. 300 MB is the maximum size per file, upload unlimited file. Haven’t tried with download accelerator.
* http://www.filehosting.cc/ - offers a free file hosting and free file sharing, with unlimited downloads, and up to 200 MB size per file, unlimited upload. Only premium account supports download accelerator.
* http://www.mediafire.com/ - No sign up required to upload or download from mediafire, upload unlimited amount of files, each file up to 100MB filesize, and it supports download accelerator to resume broken download.
* http://www.megaupload.com/ - Up to 500MB filesize upload limit per file, unlimited files to upload and download, no need to register to download or upload here. But registered (free) user have many advantages, including resuming broken download and upload support.
* http://www.rapidshare.com/ - upload limit: unlimited, maximal 100MB size per file, no sign up required, unlimited download, absolutely no download accelerator supported for free account.
* http://www.megashares.com/ - the single session upload limit is 10 gigabyte, it can be a single file or multiple files. Also it supports download manager on it free service.
* http://www.filefront.com/ - specialized in game patch downloads, game downloads although it also applicable for file free hosting. Haven’t any clue yet..lol
* http://www.f-forge.com/ - redirected to a file hosting company.
* http://www.freefilehosting.org/ - down?
* http://www.sendspace.com/ - send big files in easy way with sendspace, unlimited uploads with up to 300MB filesize per file, unlimited download, no sign up required. Only premium user member (sendspace Max) can resume broken download.
* http://www.turboupload.com/ - maximum size per file is 70MB, turboupload.com is in beta test. Haven’t tested the download accelerator support.
* http://www.zshare.net/ - zShare is Free File Hosting, free Image hosting, Free Video Hosting, Free Audio Hosting and Free Flash Hosting. Up to 100MB per file on upload, and upload as many as you wish, unlimited download, no hot linking to files, files with no download activity in 60 days will be removed from server. Not supporting download accelerator
* http://www.rapidupload.com/ - unlimited upload, with 300MB maximum each, unlimited download, files in 30 days inactivity will be deleted, download accelerator is not supported. Don’t any premium member available here.
* http://www.putstuff.com/ - redirected to putstuff.putfile.com, is a free file hosting, no registration needed, with maximum size per file 100MB, files will be removed from server after 30 days no download activity. Download accelerator is not supported.
* http://www.putfile.com/ - Free registration needed to upload files, once registered registered user are able to upload files and files will not be removed from server as long as it’s not violate the TOS. Maximum file size is different between files, image file is up to 5 MB while others (video, audio, flash) is up to 200MB.
* http://www.sharebigfile.com/ - unregistered user have limited up to 75 MB filesize to upload, while the free registered user get maximum filesize two times bigger. Also it written that both account (unregistered and registered) support download accelerator (I haven’t tested yet).
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Overnet User » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:45 am

Centralized trading sites like DownloadRevolution.net can provide blazing speeds and near-guaranteed downloads, however, once the head is cut, the remaining community loses its cohesion.


What a lie, look above lol.
Also try avi|mpg|mpeg|wmv|rmvb site:megarotic.com for some of your xxx needs :D

And a question that I have is that why did those kids have all those pirated stuff laying around when Megaupload supplied most if not all of the files? Could it be that the kids were downloading it for their own use even though they had the site set up in a forum environment but Google would have been sufficient and done the job? Does anyone know if any money was exchanged like cost to sign up or whatnot? Sorry I forget if there was or not.


Its very strange how the news reports or bust or whatever inform the public more about what they can do online. Take for instance me, I didn't look into the sites very much and tried DownloadRevolution once. Now since they got busted, I learned all about the post that I have made above and helped others out all thanks to the MPAA. I guess any publicity is good publicity. I'm not happy that DownloadREvolution got busted but I guess that everyone can learn from something here.


Oh yeah I forgot to mention, if anyone learns something about the above posted links that they would like to share, pm me
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Ratt » Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:12 am

Overnet User wrote: To see all video files available on MegaUpload...
etc.


This is an excellent list for web-based downloading...some of these sites, I had no idea they existed. :D
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby chainmail » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:30 pm

There is a stickied list of file upload/download sites here: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=14635
but the original lists are so old that many of these sites are no longer online.

What would also be nice is a list of a few file sharing communities and sites that index links to files on Rapidload and other sites.

here's one to start: http://www.plube.com (disclaimer: for educational/investigative/research-oriented use only)
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Re: Download Revolution Busted

Postby Kullt » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:19 pm

Bittorrent isn't even truly decentaralised, and it's not a network. It's lots of small centralised networks.

Even though there are inpressive speeds to be had with Bittorrent, I for one strongly believe truly decentralised networks such as Kademlia are the future and should not be discarded so lightly.

Emule has suffered a huge loss of interest recently, the only way I can really see the team claw their way back is to try and improve transfer speeds. That's what most people care about.
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