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name: Check Links
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<div align="center">
<a href="https://piracy.now.sh"><img width="200" src="https://piracy.now.sh/img/logo.svg" alt="arrrr!"></a>
<h1 align="center">Piracy</h1>
<h3 align="center">It's illegal cuz they can't tax you!</h3>
</div>
<div align="center">
<a href="https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://piracy.now.sh/"><img alt="GitHub Workflow Status" src="https://img.shields.io/github/workflow/status/xuac/piracy/archive?label=Internet%20Archive&logo=github%20actions&logoColor=fff&style=for-the-badge"></a>
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This website is a collection of the best digital piracy resources. This will help you get started on your pirate voyage.
## FAQ
> Why was this even created?
Research purposes... :wink:
> Is this a biased list?
Somewhat. I don't know everything about piracy and can be a little resistive while adding new links.
## Contribute
Contributions are welcome! Read the [contribution guidelines](CONTRIBUTING.md) to make sure nothing goes wrong.
For discussion, feedback or if you come across dead links please head over to [issues](https://github.com/xuac/piracy/issues/) page.
## Disclaimer
All the information on this website is purely for informational purposes and is not intended to support copyright infringement. I am not responsible for and in no way associated to any external links or their content. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. I have no control over the nature, content and availability of other websites. If you dislike the information this website provides then please contact the corresponding website's owner/webmaster/hoster directly and fill a DMCA takedown request.
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof, and you believe that your work is accessible through this project in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may [create a GitHub issue](https://github.com/xuac/piracy/issues/new) to notify me.
## License
[![License](https://img.shields.io/github/license/xuac/piracy?style=for-the-badge)](LICENSE)

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---
title: Piracy 101
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
---
> Piracy is a vast underworld of skilled, ninja-like hackers who blow up mainframe computers for profit.
Actually, this is a complete lie, but the underworld part has some truth to it.
<!--truncate-->
## UNDERSTANDING PIRACY
Piracy or Copyright Infringement, is use and distribution of copyright protected works without clear permissions. Piracy disputes are usually resolved through direct negotiation, but if the "pirate" doesn't cooperate, a notice and take down process has to be used or litigation in civil court if matters get out of hands. Large-scale commercial infringement, especially when it involves counterfeiting, is sometimes prosecuted via the criminal justice system.
There are three types of people/groups releasing movies, music, and everything else to the general public.
There is the individual pirate who is on their own and perhaps decided one day to sneak a camcorder into the 11:35am showing of *Terminator*. He will go home, rip the video from his camcorder, encode it in a proper format, usually in the XviD codec, and will upload it to either a server or his peers. Some would call "casual piracy." Nothing too huge and the pirate keeps to himself mostly.
Then there is ***[The Scene](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warez_scene)***. According to Wikipedia, The Scene is a term used to refer to a collection of communities of pirate networks that obtain and copy new movies, music, and games, often before their public release, and share them among themselves. Scene groups work together to put together "releases" which are then curated and the best ones get released on private FTP servers. Someone using that FTP servers then leaks the releases which then get mass-distributed over networks such as IRC, Bit Torrent trackers, and so on.
There are also P2P GROUPS (Peer-to-Peer Groups). They release warez/torrents directly to P2P sites, public/private torrent sites or some to direct download sites.
> So why do these people pirate?
The most common reason why people pirate is they don’t want to pay for what they want to consume, and it fuels the biggest torrent websites in the world. And the opportunity facilitated by the torrent websites and other online piracy platforms just makes it easier for them. This also causes financial damage to the content creators.
But the “free” tag is not the only reason people indulge in piracy. Some of them may not be in the position to purchase it. A massive example is of Adobe Photoshop, a name synonymous to photo editing. Photoshop isn't cheap, moreover has a monthly subscription model, so some people prefer obtaining it from elsewhere.
Another reason could be that it’s not available in their region. This is a major rationale why many people turn to piracy. Mostly in the case of movies and tv shows, various content creators restrict the availability in some regions, and the population remains deprived of it. This doesn't happen only with countries. Almost all of the steaming sites today have some kind of exclusives which you can access only if you are subscribed to that service. Which seems too much considering you only want to watch that one exclusive show.
Sometimes, production studios and software companies delay the availability rather than blocking the access to it. Some people don’t have the patience to wait till the content actually arrives in their region. So, they end up pirating the TV show or movie.
But sometimes people don’t know that they're a pirate. Now, this is something that may sound like a bulls*** statement.
> How can a person not know that he or she is downloading the stuff illegally?
But get this, individuals in technology and education deprived regions may not have enough knowledge about the copyright law and its infringement. They think that all the stuff available on the web is for free. They don’t know what’s legal and what’s illegal.
It isn’t correct to steal the stuff you can’t get legally. Anyways, for some people, it might not be a moral issue to obtain things illegally.
People think it’s fine to steal digital content. They don’t treat the digital content the same as they treat physical things. Not all the online population is being considered but there are many folks with this mentality.
> If piracy is that bad why it still exists?
It doesn’t matter how sincerely movies studios and content creators yell about the cons of piracy and show tears of sorrow, piracy has benefited them in some other ways. *Game of Thrones* is the most pirated show on the planet. Piracy as contributed to the huge popularity of the tv show.
## METHODS OF PIRACY
Here are some of the most famous piracy ninja skills used.
Before jumping in, remember to **always use an AdBlock** because there will be a lot of them coming right for you. [uBlock Origin](https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock) does a pretty good job and not only block ads but also tracking scripts which we'll talk about later.
#### TORRENTS
As of right now, the best possible way to pirate something is through Torrents. Using "[.torrent](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torrent_file)" files and a [torrent client](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_BitTorrent_terms#Client), we can download files from other people using a tracker. A tracker coordinates the transferring of files among peers. All you need to know is that there are two kinds of trackers: public and private. Download from a public one such as 1337x, or ISOHunt, and you may find yourself getting sued by the MPAA or RIAA down the road. This may or may not happen depending upon your country's law infrastructure and it's all about being careful.
**Public trackers**
Public trackers are good for two things: learning how to use Torrents properly and getting the occasional file you can't find on your private tracker. The best practice is to use public trackers only when all else fails. A lot of older movies are available on public trackers, so feel free to use them at your own risk.
[The Pirate Bay (TPB)](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirate_Bay) is the biggest and most popular public torrent tracker. That also makes it the go-to place for pirate hunters and malware distributers. Which is also a disadvantage of public trackers. TPB also has a history of mining crypto currencies on the users' devices.
**Private trackers**
Private trackers are a part of invite-only or closed community torrent sites. These sites require knowing someone who has an invite link and asking them for one. Once you're invited, you are expected to keep a certain ratio. This means for every gigabyte you download, you should upload as well. This keeps everyone on the site happy and allows for super-fast, safe downloads of content you'd otherwise spend hours downloading off a public tracker. So if you download an album off a music site that is 120MB, be sure to keep your torrent client open until you've uploaded 120MB or more.
Bear in mind that buying invites will result in a very high chance of you getting banned from the tracker. It is very easy for trackers to catch you, since invites that are sold are harvested from stolen/compromised accounts.
Also note that begging for invites is highly frowned upon due to the fact that members are responsible for the people they invite. If the invitee gets in trouble for any reason, it reflects back upon the inviter, potentially affecting their ability to further invite people, and if the offense is serious enough, then both users may get banned from the tracker.
The advantage to these invite-only sites is just that. It's invite-only. This means the MPAA, RIAA or FBI can't automatically sign up, upload a torrent, and track you. This ensures everyone's safety and also keeps the idiots away who come to leech off "fair" users. You'll notice that private trackers also tend to have a greater library of content and of better quality. Looking for the latest *MARVEL* movie? It'll hit the private trackers before the public ones most of the time, which again, is another advantage. You help share the file as you're downloading it and after it's downloaded. Everyone else does the same. It works out like a big, happy, sharing family.
**Torrent clients**
With the [right free torrent client](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clients), you can find the files you want more easily, download them more quickly, and manage them all in one convenient place. When it comes to new users, [qBittorrent](https://github.com/qbittorrent/qBittorrent) is the go-to for them. It's lightweight, open source, and ad free torrent client.
Then there's everyone's favorite - Deluge. It has various user interfaces available such as the Web-UI and a Console-UI.
**WebTorrents**
[WebTorrents](https://github.com/webtorrent/webtorrent) is a relatively new technology and in developing stage right now. It is sort of a torrent client itself. Imagine torrent but there's no need for a native client. Just open up a new tab and of you go. For Piracy, it's YouTube but decentralized.
**Seedboxes**
Basically, a seedbox is a remote server that uses the BitTorrent protocol to upload and download torrents from torrenting websites. Seedboxes can be physical servers, but they’re usually [Virtual Private Servers (VPSs)](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_server) from data centers. Many of them are also located in countries with favourable legal infrastructure.
A seedbox normally offers high download speeds and decent bandwidth, so you can quickly download torrents even if the distance between you and the server is very big. Plus, you won’t have to use your own bandwidth at all.
People who belong to fancy elite private trackers use them as a way to maintain incredibly good ratios. In turn this mean they get fantastic download speeds.
#### USENET
[Usenet](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet) is an old global Internet discussion system that can be used to share files. It's the fastest way to get your download on, requires no uploading, and a lot of stuff appears here first. However, Usenet isn't entirely free. Your ISP may give you Usenet access, but most people end up paying a monthly fee to a third party for unlimited access. You can use a Usenet client for your OS to connect to a server which you'll then download files off of. It's also not the easiest method to rush into and requires a bit of reading and learning before you use it.
#### DIRECT DOWNLOAD (DDL)
Direct download speeds are generally faster since you're downloading straight from a server and not relying on other people seeding with a fast connection. Also you don't have to seed anything at all to maintain those speeds.
DDL sites generally take a bit longer to get new files and hard to maintain because of the ethical issues tied to it.
You can also use downloaders to directly from the sources hosting the content like Netflix. You probably have seen this on a massive scale with YouTube. But with Netflix and likes the added complexity of the DRM makes it harder, but not impossible.
#### INSTANT MESSAGING
Have a telegram account? Join a group that distributes pirated content. You can use your favorite messaging client to send huge files between two people. Easy, free, and you probably won't be caught. Recommended for the casual pirate who plans on sharing a file or set of files once or twice tops.
#### IRC (INTERNET RELAY CHAT)
You basically connect to a server, go into a chat room, and start browsing through people's material (similar to instant messaging). When you find something you like, you type in a command and start downloading it. You may get lucky and can start downloading right away. Half the time though, you'll get caught in a queue, which essentially means you'll have to wait for people in front of you to finish downloading before you can start. IRC isn't as popular as other methods, but it's generally safe and packed with good finds, especially movies and software.
## RELEASING MATERIAL
So you've downloaded a few copies of newly released movies and the excitement is kicking in. You love this. You want to help out and contribute. How can you? Easy. Go through your CD and DVD collection and see what isn't publicly or privately available and start ripping. A good collection of tools for a pirate to have can include CD or DVD ripping software, video and audio encoding software, compression software, video and audio converters, file converters, and lots more. Just do a Google search for "CD ripper windows" or "audio encoder OS X" to get the apps you need. If they cost money, just pirate them.
Once you've got the end result, let's say a ripped DVD movie, you'll need to make two kinds of files to be a legit/respectable pirate of the Internet. Include a [.NFO](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.nfo) file with information about the file you're offering. It may also have some ASCII artwork. Here's an example of what you might find inside a .NFO file:
```
Movie length: 1:45:03
Sound codec: AC3
Video codec: XviD 1.02
Encoded by: your_name_here
```
See all that useful info? Be sure to include it in your release!
We're not done though! *two* files were to be included along with your release. The second is a .SFV file. Not everyone will use this, but it's good to have. SFV stands for [Simple File Verification](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_file_verification). As the name implies, it verifies that the files downloaded are not corrupted or the wrong ones. If the hash check doesn't work out, you may have a corrupted file, a malicious file added in to your download, or some kind of tracker or watermark an organization has added in. This step is up to you, but generally it's a good idea.
When all your files are finished, throw them in a properly labeled folder, include any artwork related to your release, and upload it to the internet. If you're using Torrents, create a torrent using a tracker (a freely available public one or a private one) and start seeding the files. If you're on P2P, just throw it in a .zip file and put it in your "Shared" directory. Voila. You've now released something into the wild and if caught and prosecuted, you'll be paying all kinds of fines.
Oh yeah. It probably goes without saying, but don't use your real name when uploading files. Pick a handle that's not related to you in any way at all. For example, "DallasGuy1982" is not a good handle. I know you're from Dallas and were probably born in 1982. This narrows down the FBI's search when they trace your IP address for uploading files to The Pirate Bay. Pick something funny, strange, or obscure. "ReeferMan" or "Gh0st R1d3R" are good choices, albeit cheesy.
## LEGAL ISSUES
As you probably guessed, piracy is illegal. Those of you in college should probably stay the hell away from piracy. There will always be a chance that you can get caught, whether it's the MPAA poisoning a torrent, the FBI giving a plea bargain to your best friend who got caught 2 weeks ago, or one of thousands of other ways.
Depending on which country you live in, you might have to face serious consequences if you pirate copyright protected material.
For example, if you’re from the US, you can actually end up receiving DMCA notices, facing huge fines in court, or serving prison time if you are caught with pirated content. And in Canada, things get way more complicated since you can face jail time by unknowingly breaking the law when you download torrents.
#### COPYRIGHT TROLLS
Despite having a funny name, you should never underestimate copyright trolls. They are people or organizations who gather data about Internet users who pirate or even just use torrents. They then forward that info to copyright agencies who pursue legal action against pirates and piracy websites.
However, sometimes, copyright trolls might try to blackmail users. How? It’s pretty simple – they send you an email threatening to report you to your ISP, the authorities, or a copyright agency if you don’t pay a specific amount of money.
Alternatively, they might threaten to sue you for a huge amount (like $100,000 or $150,000), and say they are willing to accept a smaller amount ($2,000 or $3,000) as a settlement.
#### ISP PENALTIES
Some ISPs might not like that you’re using their bandwidth to download pirated content – either because you put them in a sensitive legal position, or because you use up “too much bandwidth.”
Whichever the case, if your ISP catches you downloading pirated material, one of the following could happen:
- They could send you threatening messages, or serve you notices from the copyright holders.
- They could terminate your service on the spot if what you’re doing is a breach of the contract you signed.
- Your ISP could forward your info to copyright agencies or copyright trolls.
- Your ISP could start throttling your bandwidth, effectively lowering your connection speed.
## NOT GETTING CAUGHT
Piracy and privacy go a long way. Pirating copyrighted material could get you some big troubles. Anonymity while pirating helps you stay away from these troubles.
> So how do you protect yourself?
#### DON'T BRAG
Telling a friend or two about how you snuck a camera into *Joker* and leaked it is generally OK, but don't start posting shit on forums. Now you're just asking for it. Doing this would just waste all of your time and you could also end up in jail. This is why using a fake name is an added layer of protection. Even if they trace a release back to "HornyDude", they still might not be able to find out who he is. Plus, "HornyDude" will look great on the Federal subpoena.
#### USE A VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can be used to conceal not only your location, but your IP address as well. VPNs were originally set up to allow remote employees access the company's secure servers through encrypted tunnels. But in 2020 you can do almost anything through an "encrypted tunnel" without letting your ISP or government know of it.
You can find plenty of free VPN services out there, but, **never use a free VPN**. Using a free VPN is directly asking to sell your network traffic logs. Which again leads FBI and other organizations directly to you.
#### GO INCOGNITO
It's *internet 101* at this point. Your browser knows a lot about you, including the sites you visited and the services you use. If you visit an unencrypted website (i.e. one that doesn’t use HTTPS) which a lot of piracy websites are, your network could also be exposed.
Perhaps worse, some websites also use the services of so-called tracking companies to monitor traffic. However, by installing a small piece of JavaScript on the site, people can monitor a lot more than just numbers of visitors. This is where uBlock Origin comes into play. It blocks all those tracking scripts and keeps you untracked.
The script is automatically downloaded and run when you open the page, and details such as your IP address, ISP, browser, and even screen resolution and battery levels can all be monitored. While this may help web designers to create better websites, it's also possible to trace IP addresses to a general geographic location without ever having to go near your ISP's logs.
**Don't Google**
If you've been following the NSA tracking story, you'll know that Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft (which owns Bing) were all reportedly sending data to the government. (An accusation they have all denied, of course.) If you don't want your search history recorded, try [DuckDuckGo](https://duckduckgo.com/), which promises not to track or store your searches. (Although it does use your searches to improve its algorithms.) The service's traffic has increased 50 percent since news of the [PRISM program](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_%28surveillance_program%29) leaked.
#### USE A SEEDBOX
Seedboxes hide your IP address. Your ISP will only see you’re connected to the seedbox, not that you’re using it to download pirated content.
Usually seedboxes use HTTPS encryption when you download the content to your device, preventing your ISP or anyone else from snooping on your traffic.
And no, there are no free seedboxes. Those are rented servers, after all, so the owner has to make money to keep them going. If you get along such a service, just straight up avoid it because they probably are doing something really messed up.
> Why Should I Use a VPN When I Can Use a Seedbox?
Well, consider this – A VPN can be cheaper and much more convenient than a seedbox. The service lets you secure your privacy when browsing the web, not just when you’re downloading torrents.
Also, with a VPN, you can download P2P content straight to your device. No need to deal with two different download stages.
You should only using a seedbox over a vpn if you need to download massive amounts of content very quickly because of the stability, or if you want to improve your seed rates fast and easy.
#### TOR? NOPE!
Tor (The Onion Router) is an anonymization network you can use to hide your IP address and traffic. It is considered the best solution for anonymity over the internet. That definition alone would make it a great way to download torrents anonymously. However, there is a pretty big issue you can’t ignore – connection speeds and stability.
The Tor network is simply not able to sustain torrenting. As it stands, the network only has around 6,000 to 7,000 relays (basically, servers that bounce your traffic) that are serving almost three million Tor users. Torrenting over Tor only overloads the network, resulting in slow speeds.
Besides that major problem, there are other reasons why Tor might not be suitable if you want to download torrents anonymously:
- Tor had issues in the past that made the service leak user IP addresses.
- Volunteers run many relays, so you can’t expect 24/7 availability.
- The exit relay doesn’t always encrypt traffic, so you can end up exposed on the web.
- Governments can block the Tor network successfully. Even ISPs can block Tor traffic if they want to.
Even Tor community itself says that
> using the BitTorrent protocol over Tor is not a good idea. The main problem is that many BitTorrent clients don’t work well over Tor, and might leak some traffic since it won’t go through Tor.
#### PEERBLOCK? BIGGER NOPE!
PeerBlock is an open-source firewall you can use to block data packets from and to specific IP addresses. Usually, those addresses include government agencies, copyright agencies, and other monitoring groups. The idea is to keep them from seeing your torrenting traffic.
Despite all that, PeerBlock isn’t a good option for torrent anonymity. PeerBlock doesn’t encrypt your traffic, so your ISP (and anyone else) can see what you do online, and what torrents you download. PeerBlock doesn’t hide your IP address, so other members of the Swarm can see it.
The service might be free to use, but you’re going to have to pay if you want blacklists which get frequent updates.
Ironically, the platform blocks too many IP addresses. Because of that, your torrenting speeds will take a hit since you’ll have a limited number of peers to interact with.
Also, any organization you block with PeerBlock can simply change its IP address.
## CONCLUSION
Well we're done. Hopefully by now you've learned some essential tips to keep you out of trouble and to help you pirate more efficiently. Just remember that
> It's not what you pirate, it's how you do it.

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title: Movie/TV release names
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
---
Pirated movie release types vary wildly in rarity and quality due to the different sources and methods used for acquiring the video content and time frame of normal release. The sources for pirated copies have often changed with time in response to technology or anti-piracy measures.
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Quality can very from grainy and unwatchable to high definition. You will see these types in the name of the file you are downloading, giving you the background on it.
There are various acronyms that are used in release names, but they all follow a similar format.
```
Title.Of.The.Movie.YEAR.Source.Codec-GROUP
```
**Group:** The name of the group who created/distributed the release.
**Codec:** Will indicate what the codec is of the main stream of each type.
```
Title.Of.The.Movie.2001.BluRay.DD5.1.x264-GROUP
```
The above example indicates that the audio track (or main audio track, if it has multiple) is encoded in Dolby Digital (AC3) with 5.1 channels, and the video has been encoded with the x264 encoder to H264/AVC.
## CONTAINERS
A ‘container’ commonly known as _file format_ is the name for the small wrapper that contains video data and codec data. It can be identified by its file extension. MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, and WEBM to name a few.
MKV is generally what you will be looking for as it can hold many kinds of video, audio, and subtitles, including all the ones listed.
## CODECS
A ‘codec’ is a specification on how to convert from raw data to images on a screen. When a video file is stored, there is a specific codec that converts that data into what you see.
Video files that use a specific codec are said to be ‘encoded’ using that codec.
Some codecs are better than others in the sense that they can get more quality using fewer bits (smaller filesizes) than others.
**Some of the popular codecs:**
#### XVID
Xvid isn’t actually a codec, it’s a program that encodes videos. The name for the codec it uses is MPEG-4 ASP, but that never stuck. Quality-wise, it was OK for it’s time (2001!), but doesn’t hold up against modern codecs. Usually contained in AVI containers.
#### H.264
Also called MPEG-4 AVC, this codec is used everywhere, basically. Usually contained in MP4, if not MKV.
#### H.265
Also known as HEVC. It is the successor to H264 and it aims to reduce filesizes by up to 50% compared to H264, though this number is not a blanket figure to be applied to every single scenario. H265 is more effective at higher resolutions, so the 50% figure might be applicable to 4K, though the savings can still be considerable at 1080p and 720p.
Many people choose to download small-sized H265 content that would otherwise be too blurry on H264. Though H264 still reigns supreme at higher bitrates, as x265 (the encoding tool used to create H265 video) is still not as mature as x264, which is why many quality-oriented private trackers still maintain a higher focus on x264-encoded content. Some 1080p Blu-Rays and all 4K Blu-Rays use this codec.
Usually contained in MP4, if not MKV.
## RESOLUTION
Resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image or a single frame of a video file. It is usually expressed in the form 'WIDTHxHEIGHT'.
Most televisions are ‘Full HD’, which means 1920x1080. ‘UHD’, on the other hand, is twice the width and height to make 3840x2160. Most individuals and companies call this specific resolution ‘4K’.
Additionally, resolution can be expressed as the height of the image followed by a ‘p’. 1920x1080 becomes 1080p, 3840x2160 (4K) becomes 2160p. This can be a very loose definition, however, as movies that are produced at a wider aspect ratio will be called 1080p, yet will have a resolution 1920x800.
## BITRATE
The term ‘bitrate’ refers to the number of bits (ones and zeros) per second for a video or audio file. This number directly affects both quality and filesize. A video file with a high bitrate will result in a larger filesize than one with a low bitrate (assuming equal runtime), and will be more detailed. How much of this detail you see will be dependent upon you and your set up (ie. the size of your screen, how far you sit from it). Most people will settle at a bitrate of 4000 Mbps at 720p (Which would give you a 2GiB file a 1-hour movie, or 4GiB for a 2-hour movie). When watching on a small screen (like a phone), the requirements will go even lower (down to 1 Mbps or maybe even lower).
A higher bitrate yields better quality at the cost of filesize. Conversely, a lower bitrate takes up less space, but hurts image quality. Dual-layer Blu-Ray discs hold 50 GiB. If you see a movie release that’s 1.4 GiB, don’t be surprised if it’s not up to par.
Bitrate is usually measured in megabits per second, abbreviated to Mbps (note the lowercase ‘b’). One byte is 8 bits, so one megabyte is 8 megabits.
## SOURCE
This will vary depending on the medium it was sourced from (BluRay, DVD, WEB). It will also vary depending on how the media was ripped (BRRip, WEBRip, HDRip, HDcam)
There are a few variations of WEB releases, mainly WEB-DL and WEBRip. Scene groups will not specify the type of WEB release their content is and will simply use WEB instead of specifiying WEB-DL or WEBRip. P2P groups will tend to specify between WEB-DL and WEBRip.
#### CAM/CAMRIP
A copy made in a cinema using a camcorder or mobile phone. The sound source is the camera microphone. Cam rips quickly appear after the first preview or premiere of the film.
The quality ranges from terrible to watchable, depending on the group or person recording and the resolution of the camera used. The main disadvantage is the sound quality, it's usually poor as the microphone does not only record the sound from the movie, but also any background noise. These are very common.
#### TELESYNC
A telesync (TS) is shot in an empty cinema or from the projection booth with a professional camera mounted on a tripod, directly connected to the sound source. The professional camera source is then synced with audio source fed directly from the cinema's sound system, or captured from an FM transmission intended for hearing-impaired customers or from a drive-in theater. They are usually of decent quality. HDTS is used to label a High-definition video recording.
#### WORKPRINT
A copy made from an unfinished version of a film produced by the studio. Typically WPs have missing effects and overlays and often differ from its theatrical release. Some have a time index marker running in a corner or on the top edge and some also include watermarks. These are very rare and you usually will not encounter them.
#### TELECINE
A Telecine is a copy captured from a film print using a machine that transfers the movie from its analog reel to digital format. However, the result is inferior because the source material is usually a lower quality reel. Telecine machines usually cause a slight left-right jitter in the picture and have inferior color levels compared to DVD. These are rare because telecine machines for making these prints are very costly and very large. HDTC is used to label a High-definition video recording.
#### PPV RIP
PPVRips come from Pay-Per-View sources. All the PPVRip releases are brand new movies which have not yet been released to Screener or DVD, but are available for viewing by customers with high-end TV package deals.
#### SCREENER
Screeners are early DVD or BD releases of the theatrical version of a film, typically sent to movie reviewers, Academy members, and executives for review purposes. A screener normally has a message overlaid on its picture, with wording similar to:
> The film you are watching is a promotional copy, if you purchased this film at a retail store please contact 1-800-NO-COPIES to report it.
or more commonly if released for awards consideration simply:
> FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Apart from this, some movie studios release their screeners with a number of scenes of varying duration shown in black-and-white. Aside from this message, and the occasional B&W scenes, screeners are normally of only slightly lower quality than a retail DVD-Rip, due to the smaller investment in DVD mastering for the limited run. Some screener rips with the overlay message get cropped to remove the message and get released mislabeled as DVD-Rips.
**\*Note:** Screeners make a small exception here - since the content may differ from a retail version, it can be considered as lower quality than a DVD-Rip (even if the screener in question was sourced from a DVD).\*
#### DDC
A digital distribution copy (DDC) is basically the same as a Screener, but sent digitally (FTP, HTTP, etc.) to companies instead of via the postal system. This makes distribution cheaper. Its quality higher than a Cam or Telesync.
In The Scene DDC refers to Downloadable/Direct Digital Content which is not freely available.
#### R5
The R5 is a retail DVD from region 5. Region 5 consists of the Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, Russia and Mongolia. R5 releases differ from normal releases in that they are a direct telecine transfer of the film without any of the image processing.
If the DVD does not contain an English-language audio track, the R5 video is synced to a previously released English audio track. Then a LiNE tag is added. This means that the sound often is not as good as DVD-Rips. To account for the lesser audio quality, some release groups take the high quality Russian or Ukrainian 5.1 channel audio track included with the R5 DVD and remove the non-English spoken portion of the audio and sync the remaining portion, which contains high quality sound effects and music with a previously recorded source of English vocals usually taken from a LiNE tagged release. The result of this process is an _almost_ retail DVD quality surround sound audio track.
Releases of this type are normally tagged AC3.5.1.HQ and details about what was done to the release are present in the release notes.
#### DVD RIP
A DVD-Rip is a final retail version of a film, typically released before it is available outside its originating region.
Often after one group of pirates releases a high-quality DVD-Rip, the "race" to release that film will stop. Because of their high quality, DVD-Rips generally replace any earlier copies that may already have been circulating. Widescreen DVDs used to be indicated as WS.DVDRip.
#### DVD-R
DVD-R refers to a final retail version of a film in DVD format, generally a complete copy from the original DVD. DVD-R releases often accompany DVD-Rips. DVD-R rips are larger in size, generally filling up the 4.37 to 7.95 GiB. Untouched or lossless rips in the strictest sense are 1:1 rips of the source, with nothing removed or changed.
#### TV RIP
TVRip is a capture source from an analog capture card (coaxial/composite/s-video connection). Digital satellite rip (DSR, also called SATRip or DTH) is a rip that is captured from a non-standard definition digital source like satellite. HDTV stands for captured source from HD television, while PDTV (Pure Digital TV) stands for any SDTV rip captured using solely digital methods from the original transport stream, not from HDMI or other outputs from a decoder, it can also refer to any standard definition content broadcast on a HD channel.
DVB rips often come from free-to-air transmissions (such as digital terrestrial television). With an HDTV source, the quality can sometimes even surpass DVD. Movies in this format are starting to grow in popularity. Some advertisement and commercial banner can be seen on some releases during playback.
Analog, DSR, and PDTV sources used to be often reencoded to 512×384 if fullscreen, currently to 640x480 if fullscreen and 720x404 if widescreen. HDTV sources are reencoded to multiple resolutions such as 720x404 (360p), 960×540 (540p), 1280×720 (720p), and 1920x1080 (1080p) at various file sizes for pirated releases. They can be progressive scan captured or not (480i digital transmission or 1080i broadcast for HD caps).
#### VOD RIP
VODRip stands for Video-On-Demand Rip. This can be done by recording or capturing a video/movie from an On-Demand service such as through a cable or satellite TV service. Most services will state that ripping or capturing films is a breach of their use policy, but it is becoming more and more popular as it requires little technology or setup.
There are many online On-Demand services that would not require one to connect their TV and computer. It can be done by using software to identify the video source address and downloading it as a video file which is often the method that bears the best quality end result.
#### WEB DOWNLOAD
WEB-DL refers to a file losslessly ripped from a streaming service, such as Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Discovery GO, BBC iPlayer, etc., or downloaded via an online distribution website such as iTunes.
The quality is good enough, since they are not reencoded. The video (H.264 or H.265) and audio (AC3/AAC) streams are usually extracted from the iTunes or Amazon Video and remuxed (repackaged) into a into a popular video container without sacrificing quality. An advantage with these releases is that, like BD/DVDRips, they usually have no onscreen network logos. HDRips are typically transcoded versions of HDTV or WEB-DL source files, but may be any type of HD transcode.
Popular paid streaming services such as Netflix utilize Widevine DRM to prevent downloading of the video stream. Only a handful of underground groups around the world (namely, The Scene) has access to tools to decrypt Widevine-protected content.
#### WEB RIP
This can be a vague term, in that it can mean that a web stream was screen captured or that it has been encoded down from a higher resolution WEB-DL (typically a 4k WEB-DL, encoded down to 1080p or 720p), which in many cases results in a higher quality video compared to the actual 720p or 1080p WEB-DL. The file is often extracted using the HLS or RTMP/E protocols and remuxed from a TS, MP4 or FLV container to MKV.
#### WEB CAPTURE
A WEBCap is a rip created by capturing video from a DRM-enabled streaming service, such as Disney Plus or Netflix. Quality can range from mediocre (comparable with low quality XVID encodes) to excellent (comparable with high quality BR encodes). Essentially, the quality of the image obtained depends on internet connection speed and the specifications of the recording machine.
WEBCaps are often labeled as WEBRips, with a note attached by the encoder to let others know it was capped & encoded instead of losslessly remuxed.
WEB releases can also have extra qualifiers which will indicate which streaming service is was sourced from. The scene doesn't provide this type of indication, so only p2p groups will indicate which streaming service it was sourced from.
**Common abbreviations for content producers and distributors:**
| Notation | Network |
| -------- | ---------------------------------------------------------- |
| ABC | American Broadcasting Company |
| ATVP | Apple TV + |
| AMZN | Amazon Studios |
| BBC | British Broadcasting Corporation |
| CBS | CBS Corporation |
| CC | Comedy Central |
| CR | Crunchyroll |
| CW | The CW |
| DCU | DC Universe |
| DSNY | Disney Networks (Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior) |
| FBWatch | Facebook Watch |
| FREE | Freeform |
| FOX | Fox Broadcasting Company |
| HULU | Hulu Networks |
| iP | BBC iPlayer |
| LIFE | Lifetime |
| MTV | MTV Networks |
| NBC | National Broadcasting Company |
| NICK | Nickelodeon |
| NF | Netflix |
| RED | YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) |
| TF1 | TF1 Network |
| STZ | STARZ |
#### HC HD RIP
In a HC HDRip, HC stands for hard-coded subtitles. This format is released shortly after the movie leaves theaters. Usually sourced from Korean Video On-Demand services like Naver.
The quality is lower than a WEB-DL as it is screen recorded. The reason as this is a less preferred option Is because of the subtitles being baked into the video, and cannot be removed. P2P groups have released blurred copies, which have the subtitles blurred or blocked.
#### BD RIP
Blu-ray or Bluray rips are encoded directly from the Blu-ray disc to 1080p or 720p (depending on disc source), and use the x264 or x265 codec. They can be ripped from BD25 or BD50 discs (or UHD Blu-ray at higher resolutions). BDRips are from a Blu-ray disc and encoded to a lower resolution from its source (i.e. 1080p to 720p/576p/480p). BRRips are an already encoded video at HD resolution that is then transcoded to an SD resolution.
BRRips are only available in an HD resolution to an SD resolution range, whereas BDRips can go from 2160p to 1080p, etc as long as they go downward in resolution of the source disc. BDRips are not a transcode, but BRRips are. BD/BRRips in DVDRip resolutions can vary between XviD/x264/x265 codecs (commonly 700 MB and 1.5 GB in size as well as larger DVD5 or DVD9: 4.5 GB or 8.4GB). Size fluctuates depending on length and quality of releases, but the higher the size the more likely they use the x264/x265 codecs. A BD/BRRip to DVDRip resolution looks better, regardless, because the encode is from a higher quality source. BDRips and BRRips are often confused with each other, but have followed the above guideline after Blu-ray replaced BDRip title structure in scene releases.
Full BD25/BD50 data rips also exist, and are similar to their counterpart DVD5/DVD9 full data releases. They are AVCHD compatible using the BD folder structure (sometimes called Bluray RAW/m2ts/iso), and are usually intended to be burnt back to disk for play in AVCHD-compatible Blu-ray players. BD25/BD50 data rips may or may not be remuxed and are never transcoded.
BD and BR Rips come in various (now possibly outdated) versions:
**mHD (or mini HD)**
encoded in the same resolution but at a lower bitrate and are smaller in size.
**1080p**
can be anywhere from 8 GB to as large as 40–60 GB.
**720p**
usually around 4–7 GB and is the most downloaded form of BDRip.
m-1080p (or mini 1080p)
usually a little bit larger than 720p.
**m-720p (or mini 720p)**
a compressed version of a 720p and usually sized at around 2–3 GB.
## MISCELLANEOUS ATTRIBUTES
There are other qualifiers that indicate other attributes regarding the release:
#### SDR
Standard Dynamic range. If it's a 4k release, it's a given that it is an HDR/HDR10 release, unless otherwise specified as SDR
#### DV
Dolby Vision. Only a handful of movies/shows (approximately 100 total, at the time of writing) have made their way onto the wild with DV metadata included. These releases are uploaded in the .mp4 format since mkv does not have support for DV metadata.
#### REMUX
Remuxing (or **remu**ltiple**x**ing) is the process of "repackaging" the streams inside a video container into another video container. However, in regards to Warez releases, REMUX is only used for Bluray releases, indicating that the main video stream from a Bluray has been remuxed into a single video file.
The full bluray contains a number of different directories and video containers, each containing different types of videos depending on the bluray, including extras such as cast Q&A, director interviews, deleted scenes, etc. Remuxes and full blurays can be many tens of GiB, averaging out at around 60 GiB per 4k remux.
#### FULL BLUERAY
This is not indicated anywhere in the filename, however it can be easily perceived by paying attention to the video codec, as it can specify whether the video is an encode or if it is unadulterated. If the release title contains AVC or HEVC, then it means it is the unadulterated video (not encoded). Following that, if it contains REMUX in the title, then it is a single video file (an mkv file), otherwise it is the full bluray, shared as an .iso file or its contents dumped into a folder.
## CONCLUSION
Hopefully now all those jargony names and standards now make sense for you. There can be exceptions to these rules at times but they are rarely seen and when you come around any, make sure you trust the source.

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---
title: WTF is Scene
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
---
The Scene aka The Warez Scene is an secretive worldwide network of people who pirate copyright protected products like dvd's, movies, games, software etc. Warez refers primarily to copyrighted material pirated in violation of its copyright license and not to commercial for-profit software counterfeiting.
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First warez is released by release groups. They copy a dvd or break the security of the copyrighted material, and will make it available for other people, as a so called "release." When these release groups publish a release it will be uploaded to very fast private ftp-servers.
The speed of this worldwide network is astonishing. Within minutes a release can be copied to hundreds of other FTP servers. Within an hour, it's available on thousands of sites and FXP boards. Within a day or two it's available on newsgroups, irc and in the end, on P2P-networks.
It's not all one big happy family. The warez scene consists of several layers.
### HIERARCHY
Not all these 'layers' are considered as a part of the scene by everyone. In fact, the release groups and the people on the topsites hate these other groups. The reason for this is that they bring the scene in danger. The "sceners" want to keep the releases for a limited amount of people.
We'll start at the top and work our way down.
#### THE PEOPLE
There are basically three ranks in site trading: site-ops, affiliates and racers.
##### SITE-OPS (SITE-OPERATORS)
These are the administrators. One of them is often the supplier of the site, another the person who found the supplier. Others will be friends and people involved in the scene.
One or more of the site-ops will be the nuker. It is his job to nuke any releases that are old or fake.
##### AFFILIATES
They are the release groups who post their releases there right after they are finished.
##### RACERS
Racers usually have access to a number of sites and will use FXP to race releases between sites as soon as they're released. Using FXP for a release will gain credits. The race is to upload the most parts of the release at the fastest speed. Racing happens shortly after a release is finished.
#### THE SITES
These sites have very fast internet connections and huge hard disk drives. These sites are often hosted at schools, universities and workspaces. Fast connections mean a lot to some people.
The sites run a bot with various scripts installed. The bot will make an annoucement on an IRC channels when an upload is completed. It will also give race information for the site traders trying to send a release as quick as possible to another site. From which they earn credits. The more credits, the more one can download.
#### TOPSITES
Site trading is basically sending releases from one site to another. Release groups publish their releases on these sites, so they are the first stadium in the distribution of warez. From there on, a release will be spread all over the world.
#### FXP BOARDS
File eXchange Protocol (FXP) isn't an actual protocol, just a method of transfer making use of a vulnerability in FTP. It allows the transfer of files between two FTP servers. Rather than client-to-server, the tranfer becomes server-to-server. FXP usually allows very fast transfer speeds although it totally depends on the connection of the servers.
The FXP boards layer in the piracy food chain is quite unknown and therefore rather safe. Though the hackers' activities are illegal, and therefore dangerous. The members are a lot smarter and have a greater knowledge about computers and internet.
The boards usually don't work with a credit system. The board's members consist of scanners, hackers, and fillers. They each have their own tasks:
##### THE SCANNER
The Scanner's job is to scan IP ranges that have fast internet connections, like universities, companies, etc. They brute force passwords or scan for certain programs which contain bugs. The scanner will often use slow previously hacked computers for scanning (known as scanstros), using remote scan programs. Once the scanner gets the results, it is posted on the board. This is where the Hacker comes into play.
##### THE HACKER
Hackers break in to the computers listed by scanners using an exploit to get in via a program's bug. An exploit is a script which uses the bug to get in the computer (pubstro). When in, the hacker runs a rootkit. This rootkit is the server where other people can download from. Once the server is installed and working, the admin login details are posted on the FXP board.
Depending on the speed of the compromised computers' internet connection and the hard drive space, it will be used either by a filler or a scanner.
##### THE FILLER
Now if the server is fast enough and has enough hard drive space, it's the filler's job to "fill" it with the latest warez. The filler gets his warez from other FTP servers. People who are in sites and in FXP boards are considered corrupt, and if other sceners find out, they will be banned.
Once done filling, the filler goes back to the board and posts leech logins for all to use. Fillers try to post a release first. It's kinda like a race, who ever wins it get the most credit. The speed of these pubstros depend on how fast the computer is that they hacked.
##### PUB/PUBBING
Pubbing is not so important anymore nowadays. This scan-hack-fill method is from the old days when many university and business FTP servers had anonymous write access enabled on FTP servers.
So instead of breaking into a computer, they would scan for servers with write access to anonymous users, upload their warez and give the IP address to their friends. This was very popular but died out for obvious reasons.
Once found, a pub would be tagged by a folder with a special name. The idea was that if a pub was already "tagged" other pubbers would leave it alone. This apparently worked for a while, with people respecting other people's tags and leaving the pubs alone. But it certainly hasn't worked for a very long time.
A method against retagging is directory locking. This is used in pubbing to stop people who are not allowed to use the directory of the tagger and slowing the server down.
#### IRC TRADING
In general, these people tend to have a decent knowledge about computers and the internet. Warez channels are often run by people who have access to a fair amount of pirated material.
There are generally two types of these channels. These can often be sourced by people from FXP boards or bad sites.
First, there are user-to-user channels. They mainly use the IRC client's File Server function and some scripts to share their warez directly from their hard drives.
Then there are server-to-user channels. These are usually run by people who are into FXP boards or in the scene. They have fast access to new warez.
There is a limited amount of people allowed to download a release at once, so when a release is popular you are placed into a waiting line. That way good download speeds will be guaranteed.
#### NEWS GROUPS
When the internet was still young there were special interest groups that shared information and kept in touch by using a bulletin board type system. A while later, the users of certain news groups thought that this system would be ideal to share files with each other.
It's easy to access news groups but unless you are familiar with them, navigating and downloading files from the news groups takes more effort than P2P software. You can download from newsgroups using a news reader. There are also paid news servers, these are faster and can hold up the files longer than free news servers.
#### PEER-TO-PEER (P2P)
Users of P2P programs but also BitTorrent who share with each other. There seem to be two types of peer-to-peer users. The first are "kids" who leech some music now and then because they can't afford CD's. Second are the older P2P users who use P2P for downloading games, programs, movies, etc and also seed them.
In media, P2P users are being labeled as dangerous pirates. They are a lot easier to bust for the RIAA/FBI and there are quite some of them who are being sued by the RIAA. The level of security is very low, and it's easy to get access to all warez. This is why they endanger The Scene.
The download speeds are quite low since you download from other users. Most P2P users don't have a clue about what a long way a release has made untill it's available for download in P2P software.
A special kind of P2P system is BitTorrent. It is widely used and also fairly accessible, although it's rather insecure.
### THE SCENE SYSTEM
The Scene isn't just a distribution network, it's far more than that. There are the Scene rules which are there to guarantee good quality releases. The Scene relies on strict release standards, or rules, which are written and signed by various warez groups.
#### COMMUNICATION
All site members are present in the site's IRC channel. These channels are mostly located on private or very secure IRC servers, and you'll need to connect via SSL. Apart from SSL there are more security measures.
You cannot just join the channel, you have to invite yourself, by using a command line when you are connected to the site. That way people who are not a member of the site, will not be able to join since it's secured with a password.
Second, the channels are often protected with addons which encrypt the messages in a channel. That way people who don't have the proper key, won't be able to read the messages. In that irc channel, the members and site-ops can talk to each other.
Also there is a site bot, which will make annoucements when a release group publishes a new release on the site, or a member starts to upload a release.
#### CREDIT SYSTEM
The site works with a credit system. Site-ops and affiliates are usually exempt from this system, they have a free leech account. This credit system works according to a ratio. When a member doesn't pass the minimum monthly required amount of upload, he'll automatically be removed.
Credits can be lost by uploading a bad release which gets nuked. Nuke multiplier affects the amount of lost credits.
#### AFFILIATES
Each affiliate has access to a private, hidden directory on the topsite. This directory is used for uploading new releases before they are made available to other users. When a new release has finished uploading on each of the group's sites, a command is executed to simultaneously copy it into a directory accessible by other users, and trigger an announcement in the topsite IRC channel. This command is called the PRE command. "To pre" refers to executing this command.
PRE releases may be also relayed to external channels to inform other users from FXP boards that a new release is available for racing.
#### RELEASE DATABASE
When groups PRE a release, the release will automatically be registered in the PRE database. This is huge database which contains all the releases ever released into The Scene. This release databases records release names, date & time, although attributes vary from database to database.
Release databases are maintained to provide release groups with a service for checking existing release titles, to avoid a dupe (duplicate).
Release databases are updated by automatic processes that either search selected topsites for new releases (spidering), or catch PRE release announcements from site IRC channels.
#### NUKES
If a group publishes a release which already has been released by another release group or is of bad quality, it's labled a dupe. Then the release will be nuked. This means that it's marked as a bad release and removed. Release groups try to avoid nukes, since this will give them a bad reputation. Except for dupe, releases can be nuked for other reasons too.
There are 2 types of nuke:
##### GLOBAL NUKE
Nuked because something is wrong with the release. If a group realises there is something wrong with a release, they can request a nuke.
Common nuke causes:
- Sound errors
- Freezing video
- Dad rip
- Dupe
- Bad aspect ratio
- Bad process of converting framerates
- Interlaced
##### LOCAL NUKE
Individual sites nuke releases for breaking their rules, for example: dvd's subbed in languages other than english, camrip, lower bitrate, etc. So because there is nothing wrong with the release and are nuked locally, they can still be traded on other sites.
### SCENE RULES
The scene rules are the standards for releasing warez. These standards are the minimum requirements for a release. The scene rules are defined by large and mature groups. In organized warez distribution, all releases must follow these standards to avoid nukes.
The committee usually cycles several drafts and finally decides which is best suited for the purpose, and then releases the draft for approval. Once the draft has been signed by several bigger groups, it becomes the new standard. There are separate standards for each category of releases.
> Why these rules?
The scene rules may seem a little strict, but they certainly are not there to bother rippers. There are several reasons why these rules exist:
- The rules enforce high quality releases only, so no worries about bad quality, error or other issues with the release.
- You will always have a uncorrupt release. This means that you will have the exact same files on your computer, as the person who first ripped the movie and created the release.
- The rules lead to a standarized way of sharing, which the user benefits from. You can recognize a good release and spare the inconvenience of poorly ripped movies by amatures. Also it's much easier to compare releases to eachother.
- Scene releases always contain all the information about how it's ripped, what the quality is etc. This way you always know what you're downloading.
### CONCLUSION
Security is an important issue in the scene. Since their activities are illegal the scene groups have to secure themselves, to be safe from the anti-piracy organisations and avoid being caught in a takedown.

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title: Anonymity while pirating
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
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Let's get this straight, there is NO way to prevent yourself from being tracked, but these methods should protect you from most anti-piracy organizations as most don't have the legal/technical infrastructure to pursue past things such as VPNs.
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### Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a way of cloaking your IP and encrypting all of your internet traffic so your Internet Service Provider and snoopers at coffeeshops can't see what you do online.
Many people regard VPNs as an excellent, and easy way of protecting yourself, especially on public trackers such as 1337x, The Pirate Bay and RarBG. In some cases, they also allow you to bypass ISP throttling for torrents.
While getting a VPN subscription, you should check for if the service:
- Does NOT keep logs for any of the user activities.
- DMCA notices are handled if your favour.
- Their physical servers are located in countries that compliment piracy.
Generally, you wanna select a server from a country with no copyright laws or the ones who don't care.
A list of countries without or "inactive" copyright laws:
- San Marino
- Iran
- Iraq
- Afghanistan
- Somalia
- Laos
- Yemen
- Ethiopia
- Bhutan
Some countries where piracy is on a wide enough scale don't care either. Generally countries such as China, India and United Arab Emirates.
Here's a short list of VPN providers who "claim" to abide by these statements.
- [Nord VPN](https://nordvpn.com/)
- [Private Internet Access (PIA)](https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/)
- [Express VPN](https://www.expressvpn.com/)
- [Proton VPN](https://protonvpn.com/)
- [Tunnel Bear](https://www.tunnelbear.com/)
You can also run your own VPN for using a cheap VPS and openVPN. You can also use it for other things such as running a very small seedbox or web seed, or a bittorrent tracker. The problem with this is that if you use legitimate details, the VPN could be traced back to you, but that's the same with VPNs that use a dedicated IP address who will cut you off, but using a shared IP address could mean a couple of software conflicts.
Do NOT use super cheap or free VPN because they datamine/keep logs.
**\*Incident:** [Topiary (Lulzsec), an international hacker, who was caught due to HideMyAss.](https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/09/lulzsec-hacker-exposed-service-he-thought-would-hide-him/337545/)\*
You will likely be caught if you choose a VPN provider that keeps logs and are under constant pressure from anti-piracy organizations.
### SEEDBOX
Seedboxes are basically machines on high speed connections that can download at super high speeds. Most of these "boxes" are dedicated servers that are already set up. They don't take much effort to setup and come with lots of space at an adorable price, also allowing you to setup OpenVPN if you want at the same price.
As a bonus, Seedboxes have the extra space, speed and isolation that you might need. Seedboxes make ratio-keeping much easier on private trackers and allow you to download at lightning fast speeds.
Using a Seedbox provider could, at it's discretion and jurisdiction, could release your details if you are traced back by them.
### PRIVATE TRACKERS
Exclusive private trackers often are faster, better and allow you to find torrents that aren't publicly available like little-known video games and movies.
You do however, have to keep a good ratio, and if you only leech... Good luck. In order to keep a good ratio, a seedbox or a fast and fat internet connection is generally required.
You also need an invite or you need to signup during open registration. r/trackers and r/opensignups are your friend as well as Google.
Some Private trackers sell your information, so use a fake persona whenever possible.
There is always the chance that a tracker is fake, or anti-piracy organizations have already infiltrated the website. Still take caution do your research.
### USENET
If you are willing to pay for a file sharings service on high speed connections that will max out your connection, Usenet is a good choice. These servers are anonymous and are not actively being watched by anti-piracy organizations,
### I2P
In short: I2P is a free, open-source, decentralized, anonymous darknet.
VPNs, seedboxes, private trackers and the like have one thing in common: the security they provide is mostly based on trust and obscurity. There are anonymization networks that do not rely on trust but rather on their technical architecture to provide anonymity to their users.
Your data is sent through multiple other computers running I2P (called I2P routers) before it reaches its final destination. Because the information is encrypted from end to end, no one will be able to see what you are sending, nor will they be able to tell what the source of the data or the destination is.
I2P already has a small but active torrent traffic. At the moment, you will not find the same amount of content as on the clearnet, but that of course will increase when the I2P torrent user base grows.
It should be noted that I2P is considerably slower than clearnet torrents. If you're all about speed, I2P probably isn't for you. But if you agree that trading off some amount of speed for a highly secure and anonymous way of filesharing is worth doing, then you should definitely give I2P a try!
### GUERRILLA TACTICS
Downloading using Open Wifi connections, hacked WEP connections and Coffee shops are somewhat, less orthodox ways of downloading without being caught. Though it's somewhat unethical.
Its possible to be caught if it is a honeypot dropper point, but it's extremely unlikely.
### CONCLUSION
All else goes by the piracy 101 and basic internet reasoning. Again, do NOT use TOR, peerblock or Ultrasurf. These tools are meant for threatened journalists, anonymous free speech and whistleblowing, not so you can download the latest version of Photoshop.

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title: Choosing the right VPN
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
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> What is the best VPN?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to VPNs. Just like email, there are many VPN services out there and you should choose the service that works best for you. Depending on which one you choose, you can benefit from an increased level of security when connected to networks you wouldn’t ordinarily trust. This does mean, however, that you will be placing your trust in the VPN itself.
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### BASICS
> How do VPNs actually Work?
VPN creates a sort of tunnel for your internet traffic in order to prevent outsiders from monitoring or modifying your traffic. Traffic in the tunnel is encrypted and sent to your VPN, which makes it much harder for third parties like internet service providers (ISPs) or hackers to snoop on a VPN user's traffic or execute man-in-the-middle attacks. The traffic then leaves the VPN to its ultimate destination, masking that user’s original IP address. This helps to disguise a user’s physical location for anyone looking at traffic after it leaves the VPN.
### TRUST
No matter what reason you want a VPN for, you want to know that the service you choose is trust worthy and is not compromising your data. This goes without saying but, never use a free VPN. They track, log and sell all your data to advertisers and marketers instead of directly earning from subscriptions. A disreputable VPN service might also do this deliberately, to collect personal information or other valuable data.
### VPN AFFILIATES
You may have started your search for a VPN by looking for "VPN Reviews" in your search engine of choice. if you had, you would have gotten page upon page of what seem to be harmless review sites, top 10 or blog reviews of different VPN services. The sites making these suggestions are, in almost every case, paid by the services they review and suggest.
Note that not all affiliates have to be bad actors and simply having an affiliate program is not necessarily grounds for mistrust of a VPN.
### LOGGING
When you connect to a VPN service, you are essentially just adding one more stop along your route to the open internet. The VPN is a "man in the middle" who you are trusting with the traffic. Some VPN companies choose to log this data. There are many reasons for doing so, some more legitimate than others.
Some services record this to protect themselves legally in the case they are approached by authorities. Some companies keep minimal connection logs to aid them in maintaining servers.
Choose a service that specifically states that they do NOT keep logs, AND which types they do not keep. Make sure they do not keep ANY kind of activity or connection log.
### PROTOCOLS
There are many different kinds of VPN protocols that allow you to establish a tunnel with your service provider - some more secure than others. Some are free and open source, and are freely available for security experts to audit and improve. The free availability of the source code ensures that vulnerabilities are patched quickly and anyone can see exactly how their software is working.
Choose a VPN that supports OpenVPN and use it to connect to your VPN server instead. Avoid using other protocols, specifically PPTP as its not suited for privacy.
### DNS AND IPv6 LEAKS
Your computer sends and receives a lot of data that isn't visible to you. When you type in a web address, a request is sent to a server that is usually operated by your ISP. When you connect to the internet using a VPN, this responsibility is now on them. If they don't take certain actions, this request containing info for the site your want to visit is being sent to THEIR ISP instead.
This may not be as bad as it going through yours, but there is a chance that the sites you visit can be correlated with the timestamps of when such a request is sent. Choose a VPN service that maintains their own first party DNS server that won't leak.
When you connect and use the internet, you are sending and receiving IPv6 data. Again, normally, this data is sent and resolved through your ISP and their DNS servers, but unless properly configured, this information might not be securely passing through the VPN tunnel and could be leaking to the open internet. Given such routed global IPv6 addresses, it's easy for remote sites to identify user ISPs. And with requisite authority, account information could be obtained from those ISPs.
Choose a VPN service that either blocks or provides new VPN-specific IPv6 address and provides an IPv6 DNS server that's reachable only through the VPN tunnel.
### ENCRYPTION AND OTHER FEATURES
Choose a VPN service that has strong data and handshake encryption. Make sure the protocol you choose has the level of advertised encryption available to it, as services typically provide more than one protocol with varying levels of encryption strength. Be sure that even if the service has the type of encryption you want available BY DEFAULT - some services will technically offer strong encryption, but it has to be manually configured.
Making sure P2P networks are not blocked on your VPN's servers
### SECURITY
Jurisdiction, specifically Freedom Status is important to ensure an environment where laws are enforced and physical security that we take for granted in some parts of the world are applicable to the servers we communicate with. This also helps indicate that our service and the servers we connect to are located in places that respect internet freedom.
### GEOBLOCKING
Being able to connect to an exit node in the country of your choice is really the only requirement if your only concern is to circumvent Geoblocking. This doesn't mean necessarily that you want to neglect the proper security measures, only that for things like Netflix, Hulu and sporting events, they are less important if geoblocking is ALL you're trying to get around, almost anything will work.
### BYPASSING RESTRICTIVE NETWORKS
Some parts of the world are resisting the ever-growing ability for their citizens to freely share information and as such have implemented roadblocks in their networking infrastructure to cripple such communication. For example, the "Great Firewall of China" has several layers of VPN detection and blocking built into it. Other networks belonging to large corporations or maybe even your Internet Service Provider may restrict you from using certain ports, limiting what you can use the internet for. However, there are ways to get around these restrictions by using the right VPN.
Features such as multihop, TCP port 443, Obfsproxy, SOCKS, SSL tunnels, SSH tunnels, and some other proprietary solutions can be useful in avoiding these restrictions. As for which are most effective, it's a matter of which restriction is being inflicted upon the user. Speak with your VPN service's support team to determine which might be effective in your case.
### KILL SWITCHES
Many VPN services offer in their client a feature called a "Kill switch". The idea with a Kill Switch is that when the VPN loses its connection, it completely prevents the device from using internet, thus preventing accidental leaks of traffic and connection data.
A Kill Switch has to react to an event and very often leads to leaks. The only way to be absolutely certain that there is no leak is for there to be an independent component (a Firewall) that blocks all packets unless destined for the VPN interface.
### CONCLUSION
Alternatively you can run your own VPN for using a cheap VPS and openVPN. It’s much cheaper than subscribing to a VPN service and you’ll get much better performance as you won’t share your VPN server with other VPN users. But do consider above mentioned features while settings up your remote VPN server.

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title: Maintaining Better Ratio
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
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A good tracker requires you to upload or seed what you download so that the availability never goes down. There are many ways to keep a good ratio.
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### HOP ON EARLY
Once a torrent has a ratio of more seeders to leechers it can often be difficult to get a decent upload speed. Going through your tracker's recently uploaded list, try to find a torrent that has a high number of initial leechers (or possibly one that could be popular), start downloading and you should be uploading instantly.
This method is generally more effective with a fast internet connection or a seedbox as with a slower connection you may not be able to upload a substantial amount before it has an abundance of seeders
Note that this won't work if your tracker has a quarantine period or "waiting time" where new users are forced to wait a certain time before they're allowed to download files.
### PORT FORWARDING
Port forwarding is key to enabling other users to connect to you in order for you to upload. By forwarding ports you give easier access to the data that you have downloaded and connects you to your peers. Port forwarding is a simple process, but varies depending on your computers and routers settings.
Suggested ports range from 49152 to 65534 to avoid program issues and remember to change your torrent client's configuration to the forwarded port.
### CROSS SEEDING
Cross Seeding involves re-seeding already downloaded data. By either downloading an identical file from another source like a tracker that you already have a high ratio on) or obtaining it locally you can use already obtained data to seed to another identical torrent which only tracks upload bandwidth as nothing was effectively 'downloaded'.
Don't forget to check your tracker's rules, some forbid this method and may lead to a ban. Also, identical is key here, if it's not the same it won't be recognized and you won't be able to upload.
### USE A SEEDBOX
A Seedbox is a private dedicated server which is used for downloading and uploading data, using a remote torrent client. Seedboxes download and upload the data on their own servers, generally at speeds of 100Mbit/s or higher. By using Seedbox's in conjunction with early torrenting, the data will be downloaded at high-end speeds and uploaded tenfold. Data is then stored on the servers which can then be downloaded through an FTP server.
### CHECK YOUR TRACKER'S RULES
Getting a decent ratio isn't always hard or bandwidth consuming. By checking your trackers rules, you may find that some have a 'timing' rule. What this means is by staying on a torrent and attempting to seed you will after a certain amount of time be given the remaining upload data just for the dedication of staying on the torrent. Most high-end trackers have this or a similar feature so make sure to update yourself on the rules.
### THROTTLE
Throttling is the means in which you change the configuration of your torrent client to only download at the same speed you upload. This guarantees a ratio of greater than one is kept, but is only recommended if a decent internet connection is available or you are at risk of having your account disabled.
### PARTIAL DOWNLOADING
Partial downloading consists of downloading only a certain number of files from a multi-file torrent and uploading. By changing the priorities on the files located within a torrent, specified downloads can be 'skipped'. Doing so, only minimal amounts are downloaded and uploading is prioritized.
Be sure to check your torrents rules, as this method can get you a warning or even a ban.
### FREELEECH
Freeleech torrents can be found on most trackers. A torrent (or in cases entire sites) may be specified as 'freeleech' for a certain time, sometimes permanently, and any data downloaded does not count towards usage, but uploading does in most cases.
### CONCLUSION
It's really important to thoroughly go through your tracker's rules to make sure you don't get your account disabled or banned.

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title: Better Get A Seedbox
author: xuac
author_url: https://github.com/xuac
author_title: Admin
author_image_url: https://github.com/xuac.png
---
BitTorrent is a great technology that has really revolutionized how we share files with one another. It is not, however, a very private technology. Just about everyone in the same swarm as you, can see who you are and what you’re downloading.
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The go-to answer for anonymous torrenting seems to be a good VPN service. Actually, _there is another_. Seedboxes, and it can also boost your torrenting speeds to whatever your connection can handle.
### WHAT’S A SEEDBOX?
Being a dedicated seeder isn’t the easiest thing to do from a home connection. For one thing, it eats up your upstream bandwidth like it’s nobody’s business. The longer you seed the bigger a target you are as well. Frankly, most people on public trackers end up being “leechers” who download a file and then immediately leave.
In order to solve this problem, the “seedbox” was invented. This is a dedicated online server that has the sole job of seeding torrents. People who belong to fancy elite private trackers use them as a way to maintain incredibly good ratios. In turn this mean they get fantastic download speeds and bandwidth.
### PRIVACY
When you use BitTorrent using your home computer (without a VPN) everyone can see what you’re up to. A seedbox takes your own computer out of the picture entirely. After all, it’s a remote computer somewhere else, that torrents on your behalf. All you do is let it know which torrents to get and wait until its done.
This means that nothing about you is directly connected to the seedbox itself. Just like good VPN providers, reputable seedbox providers also won’t record anything about your activities. They also have no idea what’s being stored in your seedbox and usually can’t look even if they wanted to.
Of course, you still need to get the files from the seedbox to your own local computer, but seedboxes have that covered too. You can download the file as normal HTTPS traffic or in some cases use an SFTP client. In either case it’s normal web-traffic that doesn’t get throttles and no one knows what you’ve downloaded. All they know is that you’re connected to the seedbox itself.
### FAVOURABLE LOCATIONS
Many seedboxes are hosted in countries that have a favorable legal framework when it comes to file sharing via P2P technology. It provides an extra layer of privacy, as long as the seedbox provider itself has a good personal information policy.
### SAVING BANDWIDTH
Torrenting uses significant up- and down- stream bandwidth. Even if you’re on an uncapped connection, you’re still degrading the overall experience by chopping of a piece of bandwidth for your torrents. You can either give up your connection for maximum speed or deal with slooow downloads but a usable internet experience.
With a seedbox that’s not your problem anymore. The seedbox does its thing until it’s ready to provide you with the actual files. Until then your bandwidth remains completely untouched.
### CONVENIENCE
Since a seedbox is a remote computer you can access it from anywhere you are. This means that you can use your phone, for example, to load torrent links into the seedbox and they’ll download while you’re away. When you come back home you can quickly download them to your local computer or your media server.
Many seedboxes have very useful web interfaces with all sorts of tools to make torrenting and file management easy no matter where you are.
### THEY WORK WHERE VPNS DON’T
Sometimes it’s just not possible to use a VPN. It could be because of ISP blocking or simply because your speeds suffer too much. Whatever the reason you can’t use a VPN for torrents, a seedbox is a good alternative to maintain your privacy and still enjoy top speeds. Even if you’re happy with your VPN, seedboxes offer such a good torrenting experience you might want one anyway.
### AS A PRIVATE STREAMING SERVER
While it’s not universal, many seedboxes offer the ability to stream content directly from the box itself. Some offer extensions to your media server applications. However you set it up, it means you can have a private high-speed streaming server from which you can access your content anywhere there’s an internet connection. Pretty cool, right?
### SHARED SEEDBOXES
If you’re not someone who knows all about setting up remote servers and loading software on to it, then the best place to start is with a “shared” seedbox.
Not only are shared seedboxes the most affordable option, they almost always come completely preconfigured with an easy to use web interface.
It’s called a “shared” seedbox because you share a physical web server with other users, each with their own account. This means that you don’t get the full resources of the server, but for most people who just want to torrent quickly and in private even a shared seedbox is overkill.
It’s important to check if the shared seedbox provider divides the server among users with fixed resources or whether they are shared. Otherwise things can slow down if lots of people are hopping on board at times. It also matters how much storage space and total bandwidth you get per month.
> How do i use a seedbox?
While individual seedbox providers vary in the exact details of the operation, in general, they are more or less the same. After signing up for an account and paying any fees, you’ll be sent a credential as well as a link to the web interface.
It may take a while for a new account to be spun up, but in my experience, you’ll be up and running within the first hour at the most.
Once you log in, you’ll see several web apps. These usually include a cloud-based torrent client, a file manager and a dashboard showing your stats for the month. Beyond that the various providers add on all sorts of value propositions that may appeal to one degree or another.
Getting your seedbox to start downloading a torrent is pretty simple. All you need to do is upload the torrent file from the web software’s torrent interface. Even better, you can just copy and paste a magnet link into clients used by the seedbox. So you never even have to download the torrent file itself!
The seedbox isn’t much use if you can’t move data between it and your own computers. Luckily there are quite a few ways you can get at the files stored on your server.
The most straightforward way is to download them directly via HTTPS. Just like downloading any other file from a website and runs through your browser’s download manager. That’s OK for the odd small file. If you want to move many gigabytes of data there are better ways to do it.
The best way is most likely to use SFTP, which is an encrypted FTP connection. To use this you need an SFTP client. Just put in the provided SFTP login details and you can manage files in both directions using a client.
### ADVANCED SEEDBOX OPTIONS
There are two other seedbox types that are better for more advances users. A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is still a solution which provides you a share of a larger physical server. However, all users aren’t running on the same machine with an account-based system. Instead you get a virtual machine with root access so you can customize it. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but provides a good balance between the control of a dedicated physical server and the cost of a shared seedbox.
Speaking of which, the ultimate (and most expensive) option is to rent a dedicated physical server which you can configure yourself while having full performance available 24/7. This is an option suitable for people whose business is basically seeding torrents.
### GETTING A GOOD DEAL
How much should you pay for a seedbox? Well obviously that depends on how much speed and capacity you need. An average torrent user who just wants to get torrents onto their computer doesn’t have to worry much about total storage capacity. If you delete data you’ve already downloaded then something between 50 and 100 GB should be plenty. If that’s the ballpark storage size you’re looking for there are many shared seedboxes for about \$10 (or less!) that will do nicely.
The prices don’t go much north from there, unless you decide to switch from a shared seedbox to something fancier.
### CONCLUSION
Once you’ve experienced the safety, privacy and speed of a seedbox it’s hard to go back to the old-ways. Yes, it may cost a few bucks a month for the convenience, but if you have even a casual torrent habit a seedbox pays for itself very quickly.
Just remember that, while a seedbox will keep torrents private, it won’t do anything to protect any of your other internet activities! As always it is strongly recommend that you use a VPN for general internet privacy.

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id: home
title: Home
sidebar_label: Home
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This website is a collection of the best digital piracy resources. This will help you get started on your pirate voyage.
## FAQ
> Why was this even created?
Research purposes... :wink:
> Is this a biased list?
Somewhat. I don't know everything about piracy and can be a little resistive while adding new links.
## Contribute
Contributions are welcome! For discussion, feedback or if you come across dead links please head over to [issues](https://github.com/xuac/piracy/issues/) section of the [GitHub repository](https://github.com/xuac/piracy).
## Disclaimer
All the information on this website is purely for informational purposes and is not intended to support copyright infringement. I, am not responsible for and in no way associated to any external links or their content except if I own the resource. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. I have no control over the nature, content and availability of other websites. If you dislike the information this website provides then please contact the corresponding website's owner/webmaster/hoster directly and fill a DMCA takedown request.
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof, and you believe that your work is accessible through this project in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may [create a GitHub issue](https://github.com/xuac/piracy/issues/new) to notify me.
## License
[![License](https://img.shields.io/github/license/xuac/piracy?style=for-the-badge)](https://github.com/xuac/piracy/blob/master/LICENSE)

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sidebar_label: Academics
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- [All IT eBooks](http://www.allitebooks.com/) - A big database of free, direct links for IT and programming ebooks.
- [forcoder](https://forcoder.su/) - Ebooks & Elearning for Programming.
- [it-ebooks](http://it-ebooks.info) - Large selection of free and open source IT ebooks.
- [PDF/Ebook trackers for college textbooks](https://www.removeddit.com/r/trackers/comments/hrgmv/tracker_with_pdfsebooks_of_college_textbooks/c1xrq44/) - Old-but-still-useful list of ebook/textbook trackers, DDL sites and IRC communities.
- [Z-Libary](https://b-ok.cc/) - A lot textbooks which hosts books directly.
- [epdf](https://epdf.pub/) - Write a book, elevate your profile, build a business - Upload ideas and beginner tips to get you started.
- [PDF/Ebook trackers for college textbooks](https://www.removeddit.com/r/trackers/comments/hrgmv/tracker_with_pdfsebooks_of_college_textbooks/c1xrq44/) - Old-but-still-useful list of ebook/textbook trackers, DDL sites, and IRC communities.
- [forcoder](https://forcoder.su/) - Ebooks & Elearning For Programming.
- [Academic Torrents](http://academictorrents.com/) - A Community-Maintained Distributed Repository for researchers, by researchers.
- [BookSC](http://booksc.org/) - The world's largest scientific articles store. 50,000,000+ articles for free.
- [GRE Prep](https://www.chegg.com/test-prep/gre) - Material for school, college and graduate students. Paid and free trial.
- [Sci-Hub](https://sci-hub.tw/) - [Sci-hub btw. automatically uploads articles to libgen](https://engineuring.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/some-facts-on-sci-hub-that-wikipedia-gets-wrong/) - and provides public access to tens of millions of research papers.
- [LibGen](https://libgen.is/) - Search engine for articles and books on various topics, which allows free access to content that is otherwise paywalled or not digitized elsewhere.
- [DocDownloader.com](https://docdownloader.com/) - Scribd, Issuu, Slideshare & Academia downloader.
- [Slader](https://www.slader.com/) - Find textbooks with answers.
- [Guide for Finding Textbooks](https://www.removeddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/3i9y7n/guide_for_finding_textbooks/) - Extensive tutorial by /u/Amosqu.
- [How To find and download ebooks & textbooks](https://opentrackers.org/downloading-ebooks-textbooks/) - A guide to help people find ebooks & textbooks (_updated September 10, 2017_).
- [How to "rent" your textbooks for free from Amazon](https://www.removeddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/3ma9qe/guide_how_to_rent_your_textbooks_for_free_from/) - "Going to college? Living off top ramen for dinner? Let me show you have to "rent" your textbooks for free & for life!".
- [voteforbrooke](http://voteforbrooke.com) - (`insecure`) - Various eBooks including sci-fi and academic papers and books.
- [scribd-downloader](https://github.com/Phoenix124/scribd-downloader) - Tools to download documents from scribd.
- [dlscrib](https://dlscrib.com/) - Search and download from scribd.
- [dezoomify-rs](https://lovasoa.github.io/dezoomify-rs/) - Zoomable image downloader for Google Arts & Culture, Zoomify, IIIF, and more.

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title: Google services alternatives
sidebar_label: Google alternatives
---
# YouTube
- [Bitchute](https://www.bitchute.com/) - Aims to put creators first and provide them with a service that they can use to flourish and express their ideas freely.
- [Bit.tube](https://bit.tube/) - Take back control of your content. Create it. Link it. Monetize it, it's a similar service like D.Tube.
- [Documentary Addict](https://documentaryaddict.com/) - A website which scrapes YouTube for documentaries.
- [Dailymotion](https://www.dailymotion.com/)
- [DTube](https://d.tube) - D.Tube aims to become an alternative to YouTube that allows you to watch or upload videos on IPFS and share or comment about it on STEEM.
- [Hooktube](https://hooktube.com/) - Similar to invidio.us.
- [Minds](https://www.minds.com) - Minds is a open source and decentralized platform for Internet freedom.
- [INVIDIOUS](https://invidio.us/) - Open source alternative to YouTube.
- [PeerTube](https://joinpeertube.org/) - A decentralized video hosting network, based on free/libre software.
- [Vimeo](https://vimeo.com/) - Alternative platform to YouTube.
- [YouTube MP3 Rip](https://ytmp3.cc/en9/) - Download YouTube music & videos as .MP3 files without registration.
# Google Translate
- [DeepL](https://www.deepl.com/) - A privacy friendly alternative to Google's translation engine.
- [PROMPT Online](https://www.online-translator.com/) - Pretty new service, but aims to provide a privacy friendly translation engine.
# Google reCAPTCHA
- [HCaptcha.com](https://hcaptcha.com/) - Yet another alternative to Google's reCAPTCHA system.
- [TextCaptcha](http://textcaptcha.com/) - A privacy respecting reCAPTCHA alternative.
- [SecureImage](https://www.phpcaptcha.org/) - Yet another alternative to Google's reCAPTCHA system which is open source.
- [PrivacyPass](https://privacypass.github.io/team/) - A privacy-preserving and frustration-reducing alternative to CAPTCHAs which uses [Trust API](https://github.com/dvorak42/trust-token-api) - principles. A standalone API is planned.
# Google Analytics
- [Plausible](https://plausible.io/) - Simple and privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics.
- [Mamoto](https://matomo.org/) - Open source alternative to Google's Analytics.
- [Open Web Analytics](http://www.openwebanalytics.com/) - Yet another open alternative to Google's analytics.
- [Go Access](https://goaccess.io/) - Yet another open source alternative.
# Google form builder
- [JotForm](https://www.jotform.com/) - JotForm is a free online form builder.
# Google Docs + Sheets + Slides
- [CryptPad](https://cryptpad.fr/) - Currently does not support 2FA, besides that it's cool'io!
- [Cryptee](https://crypt.ee/) - Team Collaboration is coming soon.
- [OnlyOffice](https://onlyoffice.com/) - Tries to replace OneNote and MS office.
- [Collabora + Nextcloud](https://nextcloud.com/collaboraonline/) - A self-hosted Google Docs alternative.
- [Framacalc](https://accueil.framacalc.org/en/) - Pretty new, but does it's job Sheets alternative.
- [EtherPad](https://etherpad.org/) - Fully open source and reliable, provides many services e.g. [EtherCalc](https://ethercalc.net/)
# Google Calendar
- [Radicale](https://radicale.org/) - Open source alternative to Google's Calendar.
- [Baikal](https://github.com/sabre-io/Baikal) - Similar like Posteo, open source and provides calendar functions.
# Google Maps
- [Maps Metagear](https://maps.metager.de/) - MetaGear also offers a maps service. Fully transparent and foss.
- [OpenStreetMap](https://www.openstreetmap.org/) - One of the biggest and well-known maps provider, maintained by a large community.
- [OSMAnd](https://osmand.net/) - For Android, iOS and basically all platforms. Provides free maps maintained by the community.
- [Maps](https://f-droid.org/packages/com.github.axet.maps/) - An Android app, which is open source and maintained by the community.
# Google (Web)Fonts
- [Google WebFont Helper](https://google-webfonts-helper.herokuapp.com/fonts) - Allows you to download Google fonts, which then could be integrated via CSS into your website.
- [Font Squirrel](https://www.fontsquirrel.com/) - Yet another alternative, fully transparent to integrate webfonts into your website.
# Google Earth
- [ArcGIS](https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html) - A privacy friendly alternative to Google's Eath Service.
# Google Home
- [Projekt Leon-AI](https://github.com/leon-ai/leon) - A good alternative to Google's Home service.

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title: Audiobooks
sidebar_label: Audiobooks
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- [The Eye /public/AudioBooks](http://the-eye.eu/public/AudioBooks/) - A few publicly accessible audiobooks hosted by The Eye.
- [AAXtoMP3](https://github.com/KrumpetPirate/AAXtoMP3) - Convert Audible's .aax filetype to MP3, FLAC, M4A, or OPUS.
- [AudioBookBay (ABB)](http://audiobookbayabb.com/) - Download unabridged audiobook for free or share your audio books, safe, fast and high quality.
- [AudioBookBay.nl](http://audiobookbay.nl/) - Mirror.
- [AudioBooks.Cloud](https://audiobooks.cloud/) - DDL links to a lot of audiobooks.
- [AudiobookReviews](http://audiobookreviews.com/) - Yet another audiobook direct download site.
- [BookFI](http://en.bookfi.net/) - The largest ebook library.
- [Booksonic](http://booksonic.org/) - Booksonic is a server and an app for streaming your audiobooks to any pc or android phone.
- [Ebooks Shares](http://ebooks-shares.org) - A lot of eBooks & audiobooks!.
- [MyAnonyMouse](https://www.myanonamouse.net) - Community sharing for Audiobooks & more.
- [P2PEiite](http://p2pelite.com) - Yet another oldschool eBook website.
- [ThePirateBay](https://www.thepiratebay.org/browse/102) - Collection of audiobooks on ThePirateBay.
- [Tokybook](https://tokybook.com/) - Yet another free audiobook streaming site.

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title: Books and Magazines
sidebar_label: eBooks
---
- [Guide to Copy Kindle Content to PDF using Calibre](https://www.reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/bm837l/guide_to_copy_kindle_content_to_pdf_using_calibre/)
- [Calibre DRM Removal Plugins 2019 — Remove eBook DRM with Calibre](https://medium.com/@angeldan1989/calibre-drm-removal-plugins-2019-remove-ebook-drm-with-calibre-4ec9c07cae80) - DeDRM removal guide for Calibre.
- [The idiot proof guide to downloading ebooks off IRC](https://www.removeddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/2oftbu/guide_the_idiot_proof_guide_to_downloading_ebooks/) - Posted by /u/Servaplur.
- [BookStack](https://www.bookstackapp.com/) - BookStack is a simple, self-hosted, easy-to-use platform for organizing and storing information.
- [Ubooquity](http://vaemendis.net/ubooquity/) - Ubooquity is a free home server for your comics and ebooks library.
- [COPS](https://github.com/seblucas/cops) - Calibre OPDS (and HTML) - PHP Server : web-based light alternative to Calibre content server / Calibre2OPDS to serve ebooks (epub, mobi, pdf, etc.).
- [b-ok](http://b-ok.xyz/) - Free ebook library.
- [Apprentice Alf's Blog](https://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/) - Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM and ebooks but were afraid to ask.
- [Calibre](https://calibre-ebook.com/) - Management tool for ebook.
- [Calibre-Web](https://github.com/janeczku/calibre-web) - Web app for browsing, reading and downloading eBooks stored in a Calibre database.
- [Custom Search Engine](https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=000661023013169144559:a1-kkiboeco) - A Google custom search engine specifically for ebooks.
- [Exploring over 1,800 Calibre ebook servers](https://blog.chrisbonk.ca/2018/12/knowledge-is-power-exploring-over-1800.html?m=1) - Blog post detailing how to use Shodan to find Calibre ebook servers.
- [DeDRM_tools](https://github.com/apprenticeharper/DeDRM_tools) - DeDRM tools for ebooks.
- [ReadAnyBook](https://readanybook.com/) - Free online reading.
- [PDF Giant](http://pdf-giant.com/) - Various categories of downloadable PDFs.
- [MagazineLib](https://magazinelib.com/) - Free PDF and interactive e-magazines.
- [Ebook 3000](http://ebook3000.com/) - Various magazines.
- [FlipHTML5](http://fliphtml5.com/explore) - International magazines.
- [MagazineLib](https://magazinelib.com/) - Free PDF and interactive e-magazines.
- [magazinesdownload.org](https://magazinesdownload.org/) - Magazines hosted on free, fast, file hosting sites.
- [PDF Giant](http://pdf-giant.com/) - Various categories of downloadable PDFs.
- [ABook](http://abook.ws/) - One of the oldest book search indexers.
- [BinSearch](http://binsearch.info/) - Binary Usenet search engine which can be used for eBooks and other stuff.
- [EBook Bike](https://ebook.bike/) - Another search indexer which claims to be the "largest" on the Internet.
- [EBookEE](https://ebookee.org/) - Tech, Database, Java and many many other categories.
- [FreeBookSpot](http://www.freebookspot.es/) - Similar to eBookEE.
- [GingaDaddy](http://www.gingadaddy.com) - A usenet newsgroup for eBooks. (needs login)
- [oznzb](https://www.oznzb.com) - Yet another ebook search engine.
- [PDFDrive](https://www.pdfdrive.com/) - PDF Drive is your search engine for PDF files.
- [Via Google Search](http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=000661023013169144559:a1-kkiboeco) - Preset of indexed websites to search for comics.
- [r/DHExchange](https://reddit.com/r/DHExchange/) - PDF/eBooks trading.
- [Amazon Free Kindle Books](https://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&node=2245146011&tag=freeblog022-20&linkId=BNRPUFVEMRQP2NRR) - Top free books for download.
- [Apprentice Alf's Blog](https://apprenticealf.wordpress.com/) - Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM and ebooks, but were afraid to ask.
- [Authorama](https://www.authorama.com/) - This public domain book site has a wide variety of ebooks for free, by Lewis Carroll, Emerson, Kafka, and more.
- [AvaxHome](https://avxhm.se/) - Movies, eBooks & more.
- [Mirror](https://avxhome.in/ebooks)
- [Baen](http://www.baen.com/catalog/category/view/s/free-library/) - You can download ebooks for HTML, RTF, Microsoft Reader and for Palm, Psion, and Window CE.
- [Bartleby](http://www.bartleby.com/ebook/) - While Bartleby charges for some titles, it has a free ebook store here.
- [Bibliomania](http://www.bibliomania.com/) - You will find over 2,000 classic texts from bibliomania, plus study guides, reference material and more.
- [BitSpyder](https://www.bitspyder.net/) - E-Learning, tutorials & trainings.
- [BookBoon](http://bookboon.com/) - World’s largest publisher of online educational literature.
- [BookSC](https://booksc.xyz/) - (blocked in some countries) - Z-Library is one of the largest online libraries in the world that contains over 4,800,000 books and 75,300,000 articles.
- [BookStack](https://www.bookstackapp.com/) - BookStack is a simple, self-hosted, easy-to-use platform for organising and storing information.
- [BookYards](http://www.bookyards.com/) - This online "library to the world" has over 17,000 ebooks, plus links to other digital libraries.
- [Boundless](https://www.boundless.com/) - Affordable online textbooks & study materials.
- [Calibre Web](https://github.com/janeczku/calibre-web) - Web app for browsing, reading and downloading eBooks stored in a Calibre database.
- [COPS](https://github.com/seblucas/cops) - Calibre OPDS (and HTML) - PHP Server: Web-based light alternative to Calibre content server / Calibre2OPDS to serve ebooks (epub, mobi, pdf, etc.).
- [Custom Search Engine](https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=000661023013169144559:a1-kkiboeco) - A Google custom search engine specifically for ebooks.
- [DailyLit](http://www.dailylit.com/) - Get free downloads sent to your email by RSS feed.
- [DeDRM_tools](https://github.com/apprenticeharper/DeDRM_tools) - A GitHub repository of all the scripts and other tools for removing DRM from ebooks.
- [ebookee.org](https://ebookee.org/) - PDF & eBooks trading, various categories.
- [eBookLobby](http://www.ebooklobby.com/) - You'll find lost of self-help, hobby and reference books here, plus children's fiction and more.
- [eLearning](https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca) - Cisco, Mango, HSTalks and other eBook courses for free.
- [FeedBooks](http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain) - Provides millions of books.
- [FicSave](http://ficsave.xyz/) - An Open-Source Online Fanfiction Downloader.
- [Free eBooks](http://www.free-ebooks.net/) - Besides browsing topics such as biography, fan fiction, games, history, or tutorials, you can submit your own ebook, too.
- [freebookspot.es](http://www.freebookspot.es/) - Various eBook's for free.
- [FreeComputerBooks](http://freecomputerbooks.com/) - eBook categories such as Computer, Lecture Notes, Mathematics, Tutorials, Programming, and Technical books.
- [FreeTechBooks](http://www.freetechbooks.com/) - Download free computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes.
- [GetFreeEBooks](http://www.getfreeebooks.com/) - This website has free ebooks in categories from writing to environment to fiction to business, plus features and reviews.
- [Globusz](http://www.globusz.com/) - There are no limits on the number of free books you can download on this online publishing site.
- [Guide to Copy Kindle Content to PDF via Calibre](https://www.removeddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/7vc3uv/guide_to_copy_kindle_content_to_pdf_using_calibre/)
- [Gutenberg](http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page) - Project Gutenberg was the first to supply free ebooks, and today they have over 60,000 free titles in stock.
- [How can I remove DRM from my ebooks?](https://github.com/apprenticeharper/DeDRM_tools/blob/master/FAQs.md#so-how-can-i-remove-drm-from-my-ebooks) - DeDRM tools provides a big FAQ and scripts, tools to remove DRM on eBooks.
- [iBiblio](http://www.ibiblio.org/) - Find archives, ebooks, tutorials, language books, and more from iBiblio.
- [Internet Archive](https://archive.org/details/texts) - Over 15 mio free books & texts.
- [Issuu](https://issuu.com/) - Allows users to upload and distribute their publications worldwide.
- [KnowFree](http://knowfree.tradepub.com/) - Access free research, white papers, reports, case studies, magazines, and eBooks.
- [LeanPub](https://leanpub.com/) - eBooks on programming languages such as JavaScript, C#, PHP or Ruby and guidebooks.
- [LibGen](http://gen.lib.rus.ec/) - The website has now an app which lets you search their database and download the books via their desktop app.
- [Mirror 1](http://gen.lib.rus.ec/)
- [Mirror 2](https://libgen.pw/)
- [mirror 3](http://libgen.is/)
- [LibriVox](https://librivox.org/) - Yet another pplatform that offers a free download of audiobooks all over the world.
- [ManyBooks](http://manybooks.net/) - You can conduct an advanced search, type in a title or author, browse categories or select books by language, from Finnish to Bulgarian to Catalan to Swedish.
- [Myanonamouse](http://www.myanonamouse.net/login.php?returnto=%2F) - Over 2 million torrents.
- [NZBIndex](https://nzbindex.com/search/?q=Lynda.+Com&age=&max=25&minage=&sort=agedesc&minsize=&maxsize=&dq=&poster=&hidespam=0&hidespam=1&more=0) - Example search for "Lynda .com". - you get the idea.
- [OnlineProgrammingBooks](http://www.onlineprogrammingbooks.com/) - Offers mobile app development, programming, computer science, web design, software engineering, information technology, networking, and databases.
- [Open Culture](http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks) - Offers over 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smartphone and eReader.
- [Open Library](https://play.google.com/store/books/collection/topselling_free) - Gooel's free eBook storage.
- [Planet PDF](http://www.planetpdf.com/free_pdf_ebooks.asp) - Planet PDF has made available classic titles like Anna Karenina and Frankenstein for free.
- [ReadAnyBook](https://readanybook.com/) - Free online eBook reading.
- [Read Print Library](http://www.readprint.com/) - Provides free novels and poems.
- [Starry.com](http://www.starry.com/free-online-novels/index.htm) - These novels and anthologies were last updated in 2006, but you'll still find an interesting selection of online and virtual novels.
- [TehParadox](http://www.tehparadox.co/) - Apps, eBooks, Games & more.
- [TheGeeks](https://thegeeks.click/) - Ebook tutorials mostly Udemy, but not limted to it.
- [Twirpx](https://www.twirpx.com/) - (RU) - Fiction/Non-fiction, books in multiple languages.
- [BookTracker](https://booktracker.org/) - (RU) - Book collections, discussions and torrents + IRC.
- [Z-Lib.org](https://z-lib.org/) - Programmig and educational eBooks.
- [dlfeb](http://dlfeb.com/) - A website which downloads eBooks from AvaxHome.
- [GoBooDo](https://github.com/vaibhavk97/GoBooDo) - A open source google books downloader with proxy support.
- [2020ok](http://2020ok.com)
- [Abundant Hope Holy Books](http://krishnamurti.abundanthope.org)
- [AMORC](https://www.rosicrucian.org/texts)
- [Amosqu's custom Google search](https://cse.google.com/cse%3Fcx=011394183039475424659:5bfyqg89ers)
- [Awakening Intuition](http://www.awakening-intuition.com/ebooks.html)
- [WiLd's Occult Ebook Sources](https://justpaste.it/WiLdOccultEbooks) - Constantly updated eBook source for direct downloads, eBook source pages, tracker and magnets regarding eBook stuff.
- [LazyLibrarian](http://gitlab.com/LazyLibrarian/LazyLibrarian) - LazyLibrarian is a program to follow authors and grab metadata for all your digital reading needs.
- [ahhdw](http://ahhdw.com) - A place for scientific eBooks.
- [ebookbb](http://ebookbb.com) - Yet another place for various eBooks including scientific eBooks.
- [Hpaudiobooks.club](http://hpaudiobooks.club)
- [Scrdownloader](http://scrdownloader.com/) - Download .pdf documents and books from Scribd
- [xfmro77i3lixucja](http://xfmro77i3lixucja.tor2web.xyz)

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title: Browser Extensions
sidebar_label: Browser Extensions
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- [uBlock Origin](https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock) - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.
- [Add-Art](https://add-art.org/) - Replaces ads with art.
- [uMatrix](https://github.com/gorhill/uMatrix) - Point and click matrix to filter net requests according to source, destination and type.
- [Decentraleyes](https://decentraleyes.org/) - Protects against tracking with a local CDN (Content Delivery Network) - emulation.
- [Privacy Badger](https://www.eff.org/privacybadger) - Privacy Badger blocks spying ads and invisible trackers.
- [HTTPS Everywhere](https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere) - HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
- [Nano Adblocker](https://github.com/NanoAdblocker/NanoCore) - Just another adblocker based on uBlock Origin.
- [Nano Defender](https://jspenguin2017.github.io/uBlockProtector/) - An anti-Adblock defuser for Nano Adblocker and uBlock Origin.
- [TamperMonkey](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tampermonkey/dhdgffkkebhmkfjojejmpbldmpobfkfo?hl=en) - The world's most popular userscript manager.
- [WebRTC Network Limiter](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/webrtc-network-limiter/npeicpdbkakmehahjeeohfdhnlpdklia?hl=en) - Configures how WebRTC's network traffic is routed by changing Chrome's privacy settings.
- [ScriptSafe](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/scriptsafe/oiigbmnaadbkfbmpbfijlflahbdbdgdf?hl=en) - A browser extension that gives users control of the web and more secure browsing while emphasizing simplicity and intuitiveness.
- [NoScript](https://noscript.net/getit) - Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and clickjacking attacks. Firefox only.
- [Universal Bypass](https://universal-bypass.org/) - Universal Bypass automatically skips annoying link shorteners.
- [Violentmonkey](https://violentmonkey.github.io/) - An open-source userscript manager.
- [Anti-Paywall](https://github.com/nextgens/anti-paywall) - A browser extension that maximizes the chances of bypassing paywalls.
- [Google unlocked](https://github.com/Ibit-to/google-unlocked) - Google Unlocked Chrome extension unlocks hidden google search results.
- [Website](https://ibit.uno/)
- [Hide Fake Torrents on TPB](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hide-fake-torrents-on-tpb/fkdhkcpmifehkmadpldbbdadepgplcmo) - Hide fake torrents on TPB.
- [Reddit Enhancement Suite](http://redditenhancementsuite.com/) - Community-driven unofficial browser extension for reddit.
- [CanvasBlocker](https://github.com/kkapsner/CanvasBlocker) - Alters some JS APIs to prevent fingerprinting.
- [Canvas Fingerprint Blocker](https://github.com/joue-quroi/canvas-fingerprint-blocker) - Block HTML canvas element from being used for fingerprinting purposes.
- [Chameleon](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/chameleon-ext/) - Spoof your Firefox browser profile. Includes a few privacy enhancing options.
- [ClearURLs](https://gitlab.com/KevinRoebert/ClearUrls) - Remove tracking fields from URLs.
- [CSS Exfil Protection](https://github.com/mlgualtieri/CSS-Exfil-Protection) - Fixes several holes regarding [CSS manipulation](https://www.mike-gualtieri.com/css-exfil-vulnerability-tester)
- [Decentraleyes](https://git.synz.io/Synzvato/decentraleyes) - Local emulation of Content Delivery Networks.
- [Enterprise Policy Generator](https://github.com/cadeyrn/enterprise-policy-generator) - A Firefox WebExtension for generating Enterprise Policies.
- [Header Editor](https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/header-editor/) - Protects you from e.g. ETag tracking, an alternative is [ETag Stoppa](https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/etag-stoppa/)
- [Replace zero-width characters with emojis](https://github.com/chpmrc/zero-width-chrome-extension) - Google Chrome extension that can detect attempts to fingerprint text using the ["zero-width character"](https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-chrome-extension-detects-zero-width-character-fingerprinting-attacks/) - technique.
- [Site Bleacher](https://github.com/wooque/site-bleacher) - Firefox/Chrome addon/extension which removes automatically cookies, local storages, IndexedDBs, service workers, cache storages, filesystems and webSQLs.
- [Smart Referer](https://gitlab.com/smart-referer/smart-referer) - Change your Browser referer.
- [Temporary Containers](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/temporary-containers/) - Alternative to Firefox first party isolation.
- [Trace - Online Tracking Protection](https://absolutedouble.co.uk/trace/) - HTML5 Canvas protection for [Chrome](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/trace/njkmjblmcfiobddjgebnoeldkjcplfjb) - & [Firefox](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/absolutedouble-trace).
- [zero-width-chrome-extension](https://github.com/chpmrc/zero-width-chrome-extension) - Replace scary zero-width characters with funny emojis in Chrome to reduce the Browser fingerprint.
- [ScriptSafe](https://github.com/andryou/scriptsafe) - Similar to NoScript with some nice features.
- [MoreCAPTCHA](https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/31088-morecaptcha) - Speeds up solving Google reCAPTCHA challenges by shortening transition effects and providing continuous selection ability.
- [Buster](https://github.com/dessant/buster) - Captcha solver extension for humans.
- [Media Reaper](https://sasrip.cf/) - Privacy 1st, Audio & Video Download.
- [Stream Recorder](https://www.hlsloader.com/) - Allows you to save videos delivered through HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) in mp4 format.
- [Video Downloader professional](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-downloader-professi/bacakpdjpomjaelpkpkabmedhkoongbi) - Video Downloader professional - the fastest and easiest way to download any video from any website.
- [Flash Video Downloader](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flash-video-downloader/aiimdkdngfcipjohbjenkahhlhccpdbc) - Chrome Download extension for videos and flash videos from 99% of websites.
- [Stream Video Downloader](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/stream-video-downloader/imkngaibigegepnlckfcbecjoilcjbhf) - Video downloader that really works with Streaming websites. Download Mp4 and audio formats.
- [Video Downloader PLUS](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-downloader-plus/fhplmmllnpjjlncfjpbbpjadoeijkogc) - Downloads most popular media types from ANY website.
- [Video DownloadHelper](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-downloadhelper/lmjnegcaeklhafolokijcfjliaokphfk) - The most complete Web video downloader ! The popular Video DownloadHelper Firefox extension is now available for Chrome.
- [Keyboard Privacy](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/keyboard-privacy/aoeboeflhhnobfjkafamelopfeojdohk) - Prevents behavioral profiling by randomizing the rate at which characters reach the DOM.
- [AudioContext Fingerprint Defender](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/audiocontext-fingerprint/pcbjiidheaempljdefbdplebgdgpjcbe?hl=en) - Defending against AudioContext fingerprinting by reporting a fake value.
- [Telegram Media Downloader](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/telegram-media-downloader/ffhhcekaaamffjnapdckmnkllkmmpfnh) - Bypass the 1.5 GB download limit and scrape channels/groups.
- [netflix-1080p](https://github.com/truedread/netflix-1080p/) - Chrome extension to play Netflix in 5.1 and 1080p.
### Browser Extensions for YouTube
- [Iridium](https://github.com/ParticleCore/Iridium) - Iridium is an extension built to improve your experience with the new YouTube Material layout.
- [YouTube Skip intro (Chrome)](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/youtube-skip-intro/pkfnooichbjhhoajcoffiggbckfbflbg) - Define the intro time to skip it each time you play a video on YouTube helpful when you watching a series or any many episodes shows.
- [YouTube: Age Verification Bypass](https://greasyfork.org/scripts/375525) - Watch restricted videos without having to log in.
- [Invidition](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/invidition/) - Redirects YouTube and Twitter to their alternative ads-free, privacy-friendly, interfaces.
## Misc Browser Extensions
- [RSS Subscription Extension by Google](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/rss-subscription-extensio/nlbjncdgjeocebhnmkbbbdekmmmcbfjd?hl=en) - Adds one-click subscription to your toolbar and brings back the posability to read RSS Feeds in Chrome.
- [Containerise](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/containerise/) - Automatically open websites in a dedicated container. Simply add rules to map domain or subdomain to your container.
- [Image Search Options](https://saucenao.com/tools/) - Add search options to the right-click context menu.
- [MegaLinks & Snahp.it Forum Link Solver](https://github.com/samvk/snahp-it-forum-link-solver) - Simplify opening forum.snahp.it links.
- [Remote Torrent Adder](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/remote-torrent-adder/oabphaconndgibllomdcjbfdghcmenci?hl=en) - Allows you to send torrent files from your browser to your remote or local Bittorrent client's web interface.
- [SABconnect++](https://github.com/gboudreau/sabconnectplusplus) - Chrome extension which adds one-click 'Send to SABnzbd' buttons to many popular NZB index sites.
- [Save To The Wayback Machine](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-to-the-wayback-machi/eebpioaailbjojmdbmlpomfgijnlcemk) - Quickly save web pages to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
- [Stylus](https://github.com/openstyles/stylus/) - Redesign your favorite websites with Stylus, an actively developed and community driven userstyles manager.
- [Onion Browser Button](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onion-browser-button/fockhhgebmfjljjmjhbdgibcmofjbpca?hl=en)
- [source code](https://github.com/jeremy-jr-benthum/tor-button)
- [Save to the Wayback Machine](https://github.com/VerifiedJoseph/Save-to-the-Wayback-Machine) - Browser extension for quickly saving web pages to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
- [Search by Image](https://github.com/dessant/search-by-image) - Enables you to initiate a reverse image search from the context menu or the browser toolbar, and supports more than 30 search engines.
- [2read](https://2read.net/) - Convert article in current tab to readable form and upload it to IPFS.
- [User-Agent Switcher](https://github.com/ray-lothian/UserAgent-Switcher) - A User-Agent spoofer browser extension that is highly configurable.
- [Simple Translate](https://github.com/sienori/simple-translate) - Quickly translate selected text on web page.
- [h264ify](https://github.com/erkserkserks/h264ify) - A Chrome extension that makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos.
- [SponsorBlock](https://sponsor.ajay.app/) - SponsorBlock is a crowdsourced browser extension to skip sponsor segments in YouTube videos.

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title: Cartoons and Anime
sidebar_label: Anime
---
- [r/animepiracy](https://www.reddit.com/r/animepiracy) - This sub is about streaming and torrent websites for anime.
- [r/animepiracy wiki](https://www.reddit.com/r/animepiracy/wiki/index) - Lists for sourcing Anime streaming sites, manga sites, and more.
- [r/AnimePiracy Index](https://docs.zoho.com.au/sheet/open/stzn58acc24611fea414e8901724ff4510fe8/sheets/Anime/ranges/A1) - A Google Docs sheet for Anime websites including background information if page x contains ads, anti-adblock & more.
- [Nyaa.si](https://nyaa.si/) - Anime torrent search engine with many fansub/fandub groups actively sharing torrents. No ads, no malware, nothing but clean.
- [Nyaa Pantsu](https://nyaa.net/) - No ads. Very similar to nyaa website.
- [Nyaa Pantsu Mirror](https://nyaa.pt/) - No ads. Very similar to nyaa website.
- [AnYme](https://github.com/zunjae/anYme) - Unofficial Anime App for MyAnimeList.
- [r/KissCommunitySupport](https://reddit.com/r/KissCommunitySupport) - Official Kiss Community subreddit.
- [Alternatives to Kiss websites](https://www.removeddit.com/r/KissCartoon/wiki/alternatives) - Wiki page of r/KissCartoon with lots of anime sites.
- [anime-sharing](http://www.anime-sharing.com/forum/) - Forum for sharing anime.
- [AniDex](https://anidex.info) - Torrent tracker and indexer, primarily for English fansub groups of anime.
- [Search via Google for new Animes](https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=006516753008110874046:osnah6w0yw8)
- [r/AnimePiracy BCSE Search](https://ui.customsearch.ai/hosted-page?customconfig=12619b8a-0cac-4a38-b20b-04c79ddb616d&version=latest&market=en-US&q=) - A custom search engine for Anime content.
- [HakuNeko](https://github.com/manga-download/hakuneko) - A cross-platform downloader for manga and anime from +400 websites. Manga and anime in multiple languages and formats (cbz, folder with images, epub).
- [YMP4](https://ymp4.download/) - Download videos from YouTube to mp4 & mp3 files, including from places like e.g. Crunchroll.
- [animetosho](https://animetosho.org/) - AnimeTosho (AT) - is an automated service that mirrors torrents posted on Tokyo Tosho and Nyaa Torrents AniDex onto various file hosting services.
- [AniRena](https://www.anirena.com/) - Anime torrent website, no ads.
- [Play Anime](http://127.0.0.1:43110/1AnimePihDhcbVdK1nvnbSEtH4oKU8RAYG/) - You need [ZeroNet](https://zeronet.io/) to see the "website".
- [Erai-Raws](https://www.erai-raws.info/) - Provides similar service like HorribleSubs.
- [Beatrice](https://beatrice-raws.org/) - Raw Anime BD rips.
- [Shana Project](https://www.shanaproject.com/) - Automate your anime downloads.
- [AnimeDL](https://archive.org/details/animedl4.0_202004) - Stream and download anime in VLC or MPC.
- [MyAnime.Space](https://myanime.space/) - Anime piracy forum.
- [Anime OST Packages](http://koe.anime-sharing.com/Packlist/) - Provides anime soundtracks and series.
- [Anime OST search](https://themes.moe/) - A search engine for anime stuff.
- [SittingonClouds](https://www.sittingonclouds.net/) - Game & Anime-Soundtracks.
- [Anime-Loards.org](ttps://www.anime-loads.org) - Anime sharing page.
## streaming
- [9Anime](https://9anime.to) - Watch anime online. English anime, dubbed, subbed.
- [4anime](https://4anime.to/) - A relatively new site, clean interface, Subs and dubs, many ads, many player alternatives.
- [Anime8](https://anime8.me/) - Watch & download online in high quality.
- [GoGoAnime.io](https://www18.gogoanime.io/) - Subs and dubs, many ads, many player alternatives.
- [GoGoAnime.video](https://www2.gogoanime.video/) - Popular website for watching anime.
- [GoGoAnime.co](https://gogoanimes.co/) - Subs and dubs, many ads, many player alternatives.
- [GoGoAnime.in](https://www3.gogoanime.in/) - Popular website for watching anime.
- [AniLinkz](https://anilinkz.to/) - Large database of streaming anime episodes.
- [KissCartoon.info](https://kisscartoon.info) - Another site for streaming cartoons with a huge catalog.
- [KissCartoon.ac](https://kisscartoon.ac/) - Popular cartoon streaming site.
- [Kisscartoon.love](https://www1.kisscartoon.love/) - Kisscartoon alternatives website _made by fans_. Watch HQ cartoons online both cartoon movies and cartoon series online for free.
- [KissAnime.nz](http://kissanime.nz/) - One of the best places for Animes.
- [KissAnime.ru](http://kissanime.ru/) - (`RU`) - Official russian KissAnime community.
- [Kissanime.ac](https://kissanime.ac/) - Large cartoon collection that uses RapidVideo.
- [KissAsian](http://kissasian.ch/) - Yet another website for Animes.
- [watchcartoononline.com](https://www.watchcartoononline.com/) - Cartoons, dubbed/subbed anime streaming site.
- [watchcartoononline.io](https://www.watchcartoononline.io/) - Outdated site layout, still active.
- [WatchCartoonsOnline.la](https://watchcartoonsonline.la/)
- [Toonova](http://www.toonova.net/) - Another site for streaming cartoons.
- [AnimePahe](https://animepahe.com/) - A minimilistic anime streaming/download website, subs only.
- [AnimeRam](https://ww2.animeram.cc/) - A streaming website for dubbed/subbed anime.
- [AnimeSeries](https://animeseries.co/) - Yet another anime streaming provider website.
- [AniméGlare](https://animeglare.xyz/) - Watch ANIME not ADVERTISEMENTS.
- [AniméVibe](http://animevibe.tv/) - Watch Anime Online Stream Ad-Free.
- [animetoon](http://www.animetoon.org/) - Lots of streaming via premium hosts for cartoons.
- [WatchAnime.info](https://www9.watchanime.info/) - Subs and dubs, banner and pop-up ads, multiple sources.
- [Anime Kisa](https://animekisa.tv/) - Subs and dubs, no ads, funded by donations, self-hosted.
- [Anime Simple](https://ww1.animesimple.com/) - Subs and dubs, banner ads, multiple sources.
- [Anime Streams](https://www.anime2you.de/streams/) - Sub and dub, banner ads.
- [Anime Take](https://animetake.tv/) - Subs and sometimes dubs, banner and pre-roll ads, one source.
- [AnimeBam.net](https://www.animebam.net/) - Subs only, banner ads, only one source.
- [animebam.se](https://www.animebam.se/) - Subs only, banner ads, only one so