Subject: Moving abroad would I be in trouble if I take my 6 external hard drives?
Subject: I am growing anxious, the rope is tightening around piracy
With the recent shut down of z-Library I'm feeling there should be more we could do to chip in and keep piracy alive. So I'm gonna throw some suggestions. I realize some of these might be dumb, already happening or poorly formulated. But I hope that a discussion that grows from the post crystalizes a few good ones, or educates people like me that might be able to help but are simply out of the loop.
If we want to keep piracy alive from being swallowed by the ever spreading dystopian late-capitalism I believe we need to expand. TikToks hashtag for Z-Lib went viral, with 4 million views, and the site itself was one of the most visited on the net.
This means we have a large community, mainly from college and highschool students, highly educated individuals and academics. Powerful, smart and politically active users.
Because of this I think we should have a way of making it difficult, if not impossible to shut down piracy. I propose we do this by:
1) Backing up the data There is 33 terabytes of books in LibGen. That is not a lot of storage that it's impossible for private people to have on hand, in offline disc storage. It would cost me about 430$ to buy storage of that size and with a few friends pooling funds I could make it possible within a month. If we have a thousand off site, physical backups, the possibility of a new site opening will always be possible. We should at least do this for crucial data, like educational books and scientific papers. Digital hosting services exist as well.
2) Teaching on how to host a site for laymen Data is not the only thing here that enables piracy. There is a lot of data gathering, safety protocols and informatics know-how to have an active site up. We need to learn the bulk of our user base how to prop up such a site, and possibly how to do it without them being publicly exposed as pirates. It's easy to focus on one LibGen, it's hard to focus on thousands of small sites that all just reopen under another URL each time one is closed. Bureaucracy takes time, it can be outpaced.
3) We should organize politically This is a political issue, whether you like it or not. Intellectual property rights are a mess and we should fight this legally, because we can hide as much as we want, but in the long term a way will be found to block piracy entirely. While it has its applications and ways it benefits society, piracy exists to grant equal opportunity to everyone. And this cannot be denied. Equal opportunity ensures that exceptional people can always rise up and benefit society with their ideas and ability. Either point me towards a organization that is purely made to promote free access to education and affordable entertainment or start making one. If such a organization already exists, it's a shame to not take advantage of the clout created on TikTok to further your reach.
4) More online libraries Most developed, and even some underdeveloped countries have e-libraries. But most of them either don't work, have a very limited inventory or don't have any exposition. Make a push towards making them work.
5) More studies on the effects of piracy Piracy has a positive impact on our society. I know it, you know it and the anti-piracy goons know it. It's easily falsifiable. Survey how many people use piracy to publish papers, especially in Universities that don't have many journal subscriptions. Trend the increase in piracy and general book uptake. Ask how many students would be able to pass their semesters without pirated books. Show people how much piracy helped you with your personal goals, or even for cultural impacts and informatics literacy. Like how cracking games and learning how to torrent, use VPNs and other stuff helped you learn informatics. Or how this rapidly evolving meme culture isn't stratified in income classes because of the possibility for everyone to watch the same movie and interpret social messages that come from them.
And make these studies go viral. Make posters, blog and social media networks, propaganda videos, spread it through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook botnets.
6) Donate All of your favorite repacks take time, maintenance of servers requires money. I personally don't think that paying for a video game or movie is the problem, but that its not affordable. Unlike education and science which should be free, entertainment should not necessarily. But there is a large premium on it and most of us don't want to spend the money or can't afford it all together. My friend in Ghana deserves the opportunity to watch an anime series if he wants. But without paying anything for it there is no reason to make single player games, and games with quality in terms of storytelling and game mechanics. There is no way a small movie studio can become big. Pay what you can, what you think is fair, or contribute with action. Otherwise we'll all suffer consequences.
Lastly, a thought of motivation. Entropy is a real thing. As all things in the universe tend to go towards a chaotic state because its energetically favorable to be unstructured rather than structured, so too is it easier to let the world go to shit then to help it be better. To quote a favorite movie of mine that I pirated: "Shit doesn't just happen. Shit takes time, shit takes effort." Make the effort.
Subject: z-lib.org appears to be taken down
Subject: Where to find Jason Goes to Hell Unrated Edition?
Subject: Someone purchased a game and can’t reinstall it because Denuvo only allows 6 reinstalls in 24 hours
Subject: Free-mp3-download not downloading mp3 320 nor flac any more?
I used to use telegram bots to download from deezer, but once I discovered this site I started to use it, because it's faster for me (just search and click download button). But today I see that it doesn't download any more mp3 320s :(
Does somebody knows if there's a reason for it, or if it will go back to normal at any time?
Subject: Ebook crisis solution
Subject: In the name of the pirate, the seeder, and the holy uploader, amen o7
Subject: ANSI/ISA Standards
Subject: What is the best website for torrenting 4k movies?
Subject: Alternatives to Trantor.is?
Subject: Zlibrary should enforce account limit instead of ip limit to help Tor users.
Due to takedowns and ISP bans more and more people are attempting to access zlibrary using Tor browser. The ip limit, in this case, becomes the biggest roadblock & renders the site practically useless. I have never been able to download even a single book via Tor due to the ip limit of 5 / 10 books per day having been already exhausted on every circuit.
Hopefully someone from Zlibrary in here is listening.
Subject: How do I bulk download libgen books?
Subject: That's 1800gb seeded in 1 torrent, where's everybody else? :(
Subject: U.S. Authorities Seize Z-Library Domain Names
Subject: Help getting torrent files on my iPhone
Subject: Now zlib or zlibrary .onion Tor domain is also dead, it was working a few hours ago.
Subject: This is the most basic reason why denuvo (and DRM in general) should be eliminated
As you may know, 99% of pirates won't buy a game they are pirating for whatever reason. Not here to judge. Meaning there would be no lost sales.
Therefore, the studios/developers are losing money for them and their investors that are spend in paying for Denuvo protection and/or other DRM, which could have been taken as profit or as funds to develop their game to be better and/or have their employees get salaried more.
It's plain simple as that.
And to give you a personal example that have affected me personally, i used to steam share Resident Evil Village when it came out because it was too expensive for me but i am a fan of the series. After i got it on my own (plus the Winters expansion DLC that came out last week to complete the story). I cannot transfer my saves. All while in the non-DRM aka pirated version you can, plus it has better performance (remember the stuttering videos that were caused by Capcom's DRM?).
Please share and make your opinion known to these companies. Try to vote with your wallet as much as possible.
Subject: obtain unreleased music?
Subject: Burned discs on PS2?