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Content Owners Increasing Focus on Usenet Takedowns

By - Source: TorrentFreak | B 14 comments

Content owners and anti-piracy firms have increased their takedown notices to Usenet services over the past six months.

TorrentFreak reports that content owners and anti-piracy firms have rapidly increased their DMCA-type notices sent to Usenet services over the past six months. Even more, smaller companies like television studios have joined in the pursuit, sending out their requests alongside larger media giants like Disney and Universal.

Usenet has been around for a really long time, established in 1980 by Duke University graduate students Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis. Users can post and read messages to numerous newsgroups, but over the years this dusty part of the Internet has become a repository of all things digital, spanning from pirated software, movies, ebooks and more to even darker media like child porn and bestiality videos.

That said, most ISPs have stopped providing free access to newsgroups because it's extremely difficult to monitor what users are uploading and downloading. There are no central servers to monitor either – instead, files are broken apart and scattered throughout a large, constantly changing conglomeration of servers across the globe.

For years content owners have struggled with piracy on Usenet given the network's international structure and inherent security. File retention lengths usually reside around 1000 days, and users can easily discover new content to download thanks to NZB files. But now that ISPs have dropped support for Usenet access, users have turned to subscription-based 3rd-party access for their warez.

Because of this, it's now easier for content owners to put a stop on users downloading illegal media. According to TorrentFreak, one of the content owners focusing on Usenet is the UFC who quickly address subscription services following their live events. Even more, the UFC actually has a team that monitors Usenet 24/7 by using a Bayesian Classifier.

"We also verify everything 100-percent to ensure we are making the proper removal requests for the UFC and our other clients," Joe Morganelli of Morganelli Group LLC told TorrentFreak. "My team also has many 'insiders' that keep us on the pulse of what is going on with changes. There is no other company that does what we do with such success and speed."

Aside from monitoring Usenet directly, content owners and anti-piracy companies are reportedly now monitoring Usenet indexing sites like Newzbin and NZBMatrix. These companies see when users post links to content and thus issue takedown notices to all subscription services immediately.

"The public has only just started to notice it now," said the owner of an unnamed major Usenet provider. "The increase is continuing. We’re pretty heavily under attack at the moment."

To read the entire report, head over to TorrentFreak here.

 

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    waxdart , November 13, 2012 9:25 AM
    I remember when only geeks knew about news boards and torrents. Then the average Joe joined in and it all went wrong. Should have stay command line only :( 
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    rantoc , November 13, 2012 9:14 AM
    That said, most ISPs have stopped providing free access to newsgroups because it's extremely difficult to monitor what users are uploading and downloading.

    Gotta love big brother - If they can't watch they automatically presume you do something illegal!
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    abbadon_34 , November 13, 2012 9:14 AM
    UFC sold out 10+ years ago to get "certified". Gone are the days of "no holds barred". This is the final nail.
  • 13 Hide
    rantoc , November 13, 2012 9:14 AM
    That said, most ISPs have stopped providing free access to newsgroups because it's extremely difficult to monitor what users are uploading and downloading.

    Gotta love big brother - If they can't watch they automatically presume you do something illegal!
  • 18 Hide
    waxdart , November 13, 2012 9:25 AM
    I remember when only geeks knew about news boards and torrents. Then the average Joe joined in and it all went wrong. Should have stay command line only :( 
  • 2 Hide
    classzero , November 13, 2012 11:20 AM
    Sad day
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    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 11:46 AM
    ISPs didn't stop providing usenet due to security/IP issues. They did so simply to save money. Usenet use was dwindling, so AOL, then other big ISPs dropped their Usenet access.
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    hoofhearted , November 13, 2012 11:49 AM
    Bob Dobbs will issue a curse via the church of the subgenius on UFC.
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 11:53 AM
    Yes the usenet providors must follow through with the DMCA request of these big corporations, yet all the kiddie porn on Usenet stays untouched. Such class!
  • 2 Hide
    masterbinky , November 13, 2012 12:43 PM
    Not many *businesses* finds the massive amounts of resources it takes to be "successful" at this.

    The fact that UFC has such large profits to blow seems like they need some more PPV competition to drive prices down.
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    GNCD , November 13, 2012 3:26 PM
    bob2454as Cynthia implied I am dazzled that someone able to profit $6082 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read this site http://bit.ly/Yqz9w4c


    cynthia is awesome.
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , November 13, 2012 3:44 PM
    LOL Just make sure you're quick to get the event once its uploaded.
  • 4 Hide
    devBunny , November 13, 2012 5:42 PM
    JacekRingI think they need to change the forum rules on Tomsguide.My recommendations:You can only post links if the following is true:1) You are a registered member, with a verified e-mail address.2) You have been a registered member for at least 1 month.3) You have made at least 50 posts, 5 of which have received 10+ thumbs up.That should cut down the amount of spam we see on the comments sections by a whole lot.


    I don't have 50 posts and I doubt that I've had more than 3 or 4 thumbs for any of my posts (is there a way to check centrally?) but I do occasionally post a link to a tech site that expands on the article topic or in reply to someone else's comment. Your conditions would prevent me, and others like me, from adding such helpful touches.

    Mind you, I could always create a dozen dummy accounts to vote myself up. :-)

    Just like a spammer could. Doh! ;o)
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    alidan , November 14, 2012 12:57 AM
    JacekRingOh and BTW, you have 127 posts....You can check by clicking on your name, it's listed on your profile.As for thumbs up, they don't say it. But they do score you, you are an Apprentice my child. I am a regular (407 posts or so).They should have a field called 'thumbage' and give how many thumbs up/down you have in total at least. That would be fun knowing.


    thumbs should only be for fun, because god knows i have at least 5 posts that got to 20 downs, not because its bad, but because i say good things about the possibilities that the wiiu could give gameing, and people who obsess over graphics hate that so much.

    a thumb down doesn't mean a bad post but usually means an unpopular opinion.
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    virtualban , November 14, 2012 5:37 AM
    http://feedbacks.tomshardware.com/forums/14581-site-forum-ideas/suggestions/1687631-readers-helping-fighting-spam
    ^^ In the feedbacks parts of Tom's Hardware, and it goes like this: Readers helping fighting spam
    New members could correctly identify 10 spam posts from the ones shown to them, with +90% accuracy, before being able to post a link. Or if their link was flagged as spam by operators. Community service type.
    If spam bots actually evolve to the point of identifying spam from non-spam, horray... to a point... because what I have seen happening is bots grabbing regular useful posts from other forums in related topics, and adding their own links inside *sighs, shaking head, and becoming pessimistic about this issue*
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    dmcasolutions , September 30, 2013 5:16 AM
    Many companies fact copyright issues and UFC is not alone. On a daily basis, DMCA Solutions receives calls from a variety of companies who need takedown services. However, unethical companies which don't do hand verifications will embarass clients and it didn't have to happen. Copyright violation is a reality today but we at DMCA Solutions hope our competitors step up their game to avoid our segment from looking like SEO companies.
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