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Well sort of.
and lest we forget the rapidshare cats. those that do remember carry it with them.
wupload and fileserve don't bottle it.
the last three posts name four sites that do the same job as those that have been wound down/forcibly closed suggests there's some road to go.
AND Fyels! What would we do?!
some are absolute ad-infested hell-holes and most of the content that you will actually want is MOSTLY hosted on maybe 4/5 of the majors (mediafire, megaupload, filesonic, fileserve etc)
if those few major sites went offline (two of which are all but gone) it would suddenly be a lot harder to actually find what you want.
doesn't mean replacements won't pop up - they will - but you can't make out like all those sites offer exactly the same level of usefulness. Oron particularly is a white dog turd hosted on a server.
I didn't think you could get any copyrighted material from there?
Mostly DJ sets, promo stuff, demos and other bits released either by the artist or label themselves. So I don't think it counts in the same way as mediafire/filesonic and the like.
previously most of the file sharing sites stuck by the 'We do not endorse copyrighted content' clause, and relied on the fact there were avenues to get such content removed present on the sites, to protect them from legal action.
Whilst the events of the past week are not entirely conclusive, the fact that two sites are changing the way that their services function of their own accord, possibly to avoid similar action being taken against them suggests not only that this may no longer be the case but also that sites that don't act in a similar fashion may well find themselves facing legal action very soon.
or shutting down access to various aspects of their service from ISPs based in the US would mean that the US legislation could no longer be foist upon companies not based in the US.
it's not necessarily gone for good, but i guess we'll see.
daclips or putlocker or ufliq I'll be happy.
Havn't had to torrent a single tv program or movie since using those.
It's a matter of US legislation being used to shut down companies based in other countries based upon them having some servers in the US.
So rather than offering these companies the option of removing or reducing access to their services to US based IP addresses they've forced them to entirely change their business model.
Which is a bad precedent to set and not just for companies which are involved in copyright infringement.
I paid a lot of money out of my own pocket to get that album made and promoted. I don't really give a fuck if they close every single one of these sites down.
not that it really matters, I'm just interested in where most of this stuff originally leaks from.
If you're sending out promo Mp3's have them at a shitty bit rate or include artefacts in the tracks (white noise bursts, dropping frequency ranges, intoning "THIS AM A PROMO" over the top, etc). That way, when the album or track is finally pushed for actual release (on wav, flac or 320), people may be more likely to buy it from Beatport or Juno or Itunes as it would be in a higher bitrate and 'clean'.
People who wouldn't have bought your album anyway won't bother upgrading, so it's not as if it would be a 1/1 ratio of download of a leaked promo to lost sale.
i'm sure it's very frustrating and i empathize with that, but do you *really* think your band would have sold more albums had you released it before the internet?