Russtronic™ wrote:Times change.
They sure do, compared to the scene in the late-90s and early-2000s. A business was built around pirating and today it's just insane how corporate and profit-driven things are. I noticed this trend appearing around 2006, when social media and Web 2.0 began to really take off.
I think that's what allowed it to thrive, actually. I mean, there has always been piracy for profit, but historically that was for manufactured and replicated goods, like knock-off clothing or selling music and movies as copied media on the streets. But online, it was very rare for anyone to make money via file-sharing.
This started to change when some of those P2P clients monetized their software I guess, but for the most part even Indexing websites didn't feature ads until the mid-2000s. I remember the original Suprnova website, which was like THE index site for public torrents back in the day, as a prime example. Further back it was completely unheard of, and among BBS and IRC file-sharers, nobody even considered money.
Maybe part of that is because the ability to monetize it didn't really exist back then, or at least not like it does today. But still, it's like the whole motivation for file-sharing has changed. I haven't seen a non-monetized portal, index site or whatever in a long time. I suppose private torrent trackers don't have ads, but a lot of them do offer "VIP" memberships and some are even paid-only.
It really is crazy if you were a teenager in the 90s and you were part of file-sharing back then, as far as perspective when you compare it to things today. Now, most new DDL websites or indexes launch FOR the money, specifically. The majority of them are so blatant (the scam sites aside), that they're just fly-by-night blog rolls that only provide maybe 2 links, both to "paid membership file hosts" built around affiliate programs, like RapidGator, Uploaded and NitroFlare...
I'm not going off on this tangent as a back-handed way of accusing you guys of this. I was there when IceFilms launched, when you probably had a hard time just covering server costs with MegaUpload's programs, around the time that Ninja got raided. But your reply about times changing... Man, you don't know how right you are about that. I hate what's happening to this scene, and it's only going to get worse in the future.