Please don’t take this the wrong way, I’m just trying to give you direct real life advice from one pirate to another. When I started pirating over 2 decades ago, torrent life was very different. I wouldn’t exactly say that back in the day pirating was easier. However, in some respects, I can say we didn’t have to put up with the same kind of bullshit. Maybe I should start off by saying that there are two different challenges that has always existing in the pirating world. They’re the actual mechanics of pirating (in whatever platform you chose to do it in); then there was the culture within pirating that effected the attitudes of the users in a big way.
In terms of the mechanics, I remember waiting for days for something to download using my 2400 baud modem. A simple floppy disc took an excruciatingly long time, tying up the phone lines connecting to a BBS. And although, technically this wasn’t really pirating for me, as most of the things I’ve downloaded were legal shareware discs. I guess perhaps a copyright holder would argue this was my gateway to full on piracy later on in life. But, that’s up for debate, as there are many reasons why someone would pirate, but in my opinion 99% of the time, it’s due to lack of funds (at least in my case). Nowadays, most people would pirate whether they had the money or not. I truly think that this has to do with a combination of lack of finances, and the realization that entertainment media are largely over-priced!
Today we have the internet, and hardware that is even faster and more efficient than we could ever have dreamed! Also, at a cheaper price. The reality is, it’s cheaper to pirate than it is to buy content legally. That shouldn’t be! But, that’s the reality we’re living in today.
While I’m on the subject of media being incredibly expensive, so have private trackers. Now, I don’t want to debate, or write a whole essay on “which one is better, private or public trackers,” because that decision is a personal one. Now, when you start asking for “donations,” and you start offering “benefits” in exchange for those donations, it becomes sort of a business transaction, and members becomes customers (whether you want to see it that way or not). IPTorrents is a good example how the owner has turned not just IPTorrents, but all his other trackers in to a lucrative business. Yet, members get no more respect than you get from the dirtiest McDonald hamburger joint. The level of rudeness that comes from staff is mind boggling! and even more mind boggling, is how many members take it. They are so programmed to think that sites like IPT are goldmines, and you have to kiss their ass to keep membership.
But the truth of the matter is, if you take your time to learn technology better, you’ll realize you can get most, if not all your torrent needs met by going to public trackers, and never have to worry about threats of banning, demoting, or being disabled. In fact, trackers across the board have very low forum activity. Lots of people seem to think that private tracker participation has gone down as a result of pirate streaming. I don’t think so, because pirate streaming, especially from IPTV, have been in and out of court. DMCA are pounding pirate streaming services just like private trackers.
However, what I do think tho, people are finally tired of the bullshit of how they’ve been treated, and finally understand what a fucking VPN is for! LOL Get yourself a good VPN, select some good public trackers and your good! Or better yet, give USENET a try. You’ll never want to deal with private trackers and their bullshit again!