Now it happened with Openload

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What I had suspected for months has now also happened with Openload, Streamango and Streamcherry. Rapidvideo had given the go-ahead and now another one follows. It will not be the first hoster to make this decision. There will be some more to follow, I’m sure. Openload announced yesterday around midnight to completely remove their Pay-Per-View system. Users who should have more than 20$ on their account still have the possibility to pay out. Payouts can still be made until April 30th.

Many Wjunction users thank Openload for years of loyalty and a service they could offer. There has never been such a stream host in the streaming scene as Openload. Years ago Streamcloud was number one with an Alexa rank of 500 and Openload made it to the top up to Alexa 105 with 230 million unique visitors per month. Openload accounted for 0.8% of worldwide traffic on the Internet. Openload caused more traffic than HULU or HBO Go. After such a big announcement of Openload, many loyal users and big uploaders will have to put an end to the service. However, it probably doesn’t mean the end of Openload. If a company gets a monopoly position, it is still needed, even if it doesn’t offer anything. Through years of offering, there are uploaders who have become accustomed to the service. Especially visitors. Watch the video of Sandvine to see the Global Traffic Consumption. Global Internet Phenomena report 2018.

wjunction right now

This decision only leads to the drastic changes in the file hosting scene that I wrote some time ago. Big law changes in Europe, the eCPM are extremely pushed down. Adblocker user numbers have almost doubled the last five years. This also means that Pay-Per-Download and View is simply no longer profitable for webmasters today. Small hosting providers like Vidoza or GOUnlimited can still hold their own relatively well. The reason is simple, because the traffic from these sites is not as high as the traffic from Rapidvideo and Openload. The bigger the traffic, the less you earn through the eCPM of the advertisers. Also Vidoza and GOUnlimited have to decide sometime. What we can think, however, is that PPS will be up to date again. Previously there was only PPS on Duckload, Archiv.to, Freakshare or Bitshare. At some point there came a new trend reversal with PPV which seems to disappear again and PPS becomes in.

If an experienced hosting provider like Openload has decided for something like this, there must be reasons for it. This does not happen without a reason.

the new openload? verystream.com

But it was interesting in the thread of Openload itself. A user shared a page called Verystream.com. The site is exactly the same as Openload and you can import the links from Openload to Verystream without having to upload them. It looks like Verystream belongs to Openload. However, so far there has been no official confirmation nor is there an official support thread on Wjunction from this website. That’s why we can only speculate at this time.

The operators of GOUnlimited can now benefit from this whole thing. In a short period of time Rapidvideo and Openload have simultaneously stopped the PPV. GOUnlimited benefits from the whole thing and now has to cope with the massive traffic. This is how the admin of GOUnlimited on Wjunction describes the whole thing. I had already wondered about this hoster before how it is possible to ignore so many deletion requests from companies in the USA. GOUnlimited ignores almost all DMCA requests. We are curious about the whole development and so it looks as if GOUnlimited will take the monopoly at the moment. We hope the best and much success for the whole stream and filehoster webmasters.

affiliate threads @ wjunction

Many uploaders of Wjunction are very suspicious of this whole thing of GOUnlimited. There is almost no trust in the service because they suspect that GOUnlimited would eventually disappear from the net. GOUnlimited moves very deep in the grey area. So far, amazingly enough, the whole scene is very quiet. Many webmasters have not responded to Openload’s action. Maybe many welcome it because they can intercept the traffic as well as GOUnlimited does? Or are there already fierce discussions that some operators should follow? We will see what else will happen. On my blog you will stay up to date. In the comments you can give your opinion.

More information can also be found on Tarnkappe. But only in German.

Drastic changes for filehosters

openload.co

In the next few years we will experience a revolution in the Internet. I am very convinced of that. Not in the sense of the whole Internet, but in the file hosting industry. Articles 13, 17, 11, Adblocker and advertising companies force filehosters to make massive changes. You guys have to understand the whole thing with articles 13, 17 and 11 all changed again. Adblock numbers have increased rapidly because even the stupidest users use Adblockers today. Advertising companies have pushed the CPM so hard that PPD (Pay Per Download) is no longer profitable today. Only PPS (Pay Per Sale) is profitable. Not only that, the advertising companies are forced today by some governments that they require personal data. There has never been such pressure before. Here for example you can read more. As if this wasn’t enough, the most used browser called Google Chrome has now brought an update that even blocks most pop-ups and ads. That was another slap in the face for all filehosters who actually need income to finance their servers.

We have to admit, we don’t live in golden times anymore where we could earn more than 100$ as webmaster for 20k impressions a day. Today it is for 20k impressions from the same countries with 100 times less CPM only maybe 10$. That is 90% less than 8 – 10 years ago in the file sharing scene. The times when streamhosters like Streamcloud, Duckload, Archiv.to, Filebase, Freeload and many other providers could earn a golden nose is no longer possible today. Also the Movshare group like Nowvideo, Videoweed or the group with Fileserve could enrich itself. Filehoster services such as Uploaded, Share-Online and Rapidgator can actually only keep themselves in the stable level through premium revenue. Even these sites would not be able to achieve anything without the revenue. At the moment there are 4 factors that put extreme strain on filehosters. Uploaded is also massively under pressure and will no longer be able to withstand this. Even a secure place like Switzerland is no longer as secure as it used to be.

A court decision for Rapidshare is still awaited

What filehosters are putting under extreme pressure at the moment:

  • Articles 13, 17, 11 put the file hosters under extreme pressure. This new law has caused extreme upheaval in some countries. Countries like Switzerland are also affected. There, for example, is Uploaded.
  • Adblockers have increased dramatically and the CPM are no longer profitable for filehosters. Bandwidth is still too expensive in Europe even if server prices have become cheaper over the last 10 years. Only PPS is profitable and no longer PPD.
  • Advertising companies like PropellerAds, PopAds that were once safe started using KYC. (Know Your Customer). Now it is mandatory to collect data and personal data from website operators because certain governments require it due to the high pressure. And no filehoster wants to give away data even if the site is on a legal level. Megaupload was also legal and Kim Schmitz was still fucked in the ass.
  • All over the world 80% Google Chrome is used on PCs and this browser will bring a big anti-advertisement update this summer.

Also Rapidshare had his company in Switzerland like Uploaded. Even though Switzerland may be a safe place because of the lax Internet laws, it could be dangerous for uploaded.

Rewards at Openload

On Wjunction some topics are hotly discussed as to why payments are no longer so regular. Many uploaders and well-known uploaders complain about the current situation and some even fear about its existence, because otherwise they could not earn anything more. Wjunction is still a webmaster forum for file sharing services. There are still many uploaders and official threads for filehosters. But also in this forum the activity has drastically decreased if you compare the numbers of the last 8 years. There are always new filehosters that open new topics on Wjunction but close later again because they are simply mistaken in this industry. Today there is only a small amount of successful filehosters left. Exactly because of the reasons that were listed above. It is said again and again that Openload delivers the payouts more and more late. Uploaded delays the payouts also massively and also in other filehoster topics rumors circulate again and again that payouts are delayed. Are some filehosters in a bottleneck? Some uploaders from the scene do not want to realize what is happening or do not understand the current situation. However, it is obvious what is happening here. The internet is changing again due to laws and the technology you have to adapt to.

We are curious how big providers like Rapidvideo, Openload, Vidoza will react and what the next steps will be. Here you can discuss what you think about the current situation. It is also very obvious that currently the Warez Scene is slightly inactive. Since the boom of Netflix and Spotify there are sites that are simply too unattractive for the world. Maybe it’s just in today’s digitalization? Because people are too lazy? I will keep you up to date on everything here on my blog.

GO Unlimited, how do you do it?

Actually, they’re known. The video hosters that appear in the Wjunction Board from nowhere and actually leave the net after a few months. However, there is a provider who calls himself GOUnlimited and this provider is still a very big phenomenon for me today. This is a pure video hoster that is really able to ignore all DMCA messages and provide a service that should be a target for content mafia companies like MPAA. I suspect that the owner of this site either acts alone or has some friends to help him. He uses the script from Sibsoft called XVideoSharing which has been used by sites like Streamcloud, Flashx and others for years and was a big hit back then. But we should not forget that until today no real alternative exists. Openload, Rapidvideo and several other hosters all have self-made scripts and the remaining 70% use Sibsoft scripts and the other 30% perhaps Yetishare. After research I know that the owner lives somewhere in an Arab country and also owner of some Warez websites is relatively well known in the Arab countries.

How he presents his service: GO Unlimited is the only DMCA ignored and offshore video hosting on the web which means that your pirated videos won’t be deleted due to any law, but it’s also a great option for all kind of videos. GO Unlimited is founded and being managed by a team who has more than 10 years of experience with pirated Movies, TV Shows, Football, websites online streaming and torrent.

But the big question is, why does he have such big balls? He offers a service that will be recognized by the MPAA at some point, if this hasn’t been done for a long time anyway. We know how fast the USA can take a page off the net. As an example there is Megaupload which was shut down by the FBI within weeks without any legal search decisions. For webmasters DMCA are a very sensitive topic. There are some, for them the handling of such messages is very important. One of these providers is Rapidvideo.

wjunction in a nutshell

If you look at the thread on Wjunction, the hoster is very popular for its offer and is growing steadily. It is paid for downloads, the streams run smoothly and videos are not deleted, a dream to be true, right? I don’t know if this will work in the long run. But one thing is clear, we hope that there won’t be another headline like the one from Megaupload. GOUnlimited expressed himself in any case in a contribution in Wjunction how he handles all this exactly. Is it wise that he pays his servers with his credit card? The storage servers are all at OVH and in case of a court order the data will be passed on in a few days. The Main Server is located in Netherlands at an offshore provider.

Many users also accused him of spreading lies and manipulating PPD revenue or blocking some accounts. In his thread in Wjunction you can read various posts and discussions that accuse him of some things. But we know now how the Wjunction users tick and some of them are more than annoying. I wish him a lot of success and let’s see how it will develop over the next years. Here you can express your opinion if you think otherwise or if you think that this is possible in the long run.

Geoblocking because of Article 13?

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The first stage or the first consents of Article 13 have been approved by the European Union. This will stir up the content industry. However, the Content Mafia can cheer and welcome this decision. After years of debate and negotiations, politicians have passed sweeping changes following a final vote in the European Parliament. The changes have proved controversial, with critics being opposed to two specific parts of the law: Article 11 and Article 13. They form part of the wider regulations which were passed. The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, to use its full name, requires the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to take more responsibility for copyrighted material being shared illegally on their platforms. It’s become known by the most controversial segment, Article 13, which critics claim will have a detrimental impact on creators online. YouTube, and YouTubers, have become the most vocal opponents of the proposal. But despite Article 13 and the Directive on Copyright being passed by EU regulators, it will now have to be implemented by the individual countries within the Union. To help clear things up, here’s WIRED’s guide to the EU Directive on Copyright.

What does this mean for filehosters or site operators with sensitive content?

Switzerland

There will actually only be two options, maybe a third one which would be very unlikely.

The first option would be to completely remove the server locations from the European Union, where Article 13 laws do not apply. The best server location with good connectivity would be Switzerland. Because Switzerland will not accept Article 13 at the moment.

As a non-EU country, the new EU copyright law, once in force, will not apply to Switzerland – theoretically. After all, it can hardly be assumed that large international companies will develop the upload filters required by the EU but not apply them to Switzerland. Rather, it can be assumed that Switzerland will be treated like the other EU countries.

The second option would be that website operators would simply add geoblocking to their site and countries where Article 13 came into force would be filtered. This would also be one of the ways to protect yourself.  The development is dangerous for “European innovation” and start-ups. And an incentive will be created for non-European sites to simply block all EU users by geoblocking.

The third option that I think is very unlikely is that website operators would develop an upload filter. Especially for small sites this would be impossible because the effort and programming is too expensive. It is not technically possible, and it would mean the demise of social media and communities.

Then people will just circumvent that by using a VPN. Using a VPN for that purpose does not break any laws in either the EU or the United States, no matter what some commenters over on Techdirt have told me. For it to be a DMCA violation, you have to be making money, that is what the “commercial or private financial gain” part of it means. And the CFAA does not apply, because you are not breaking a password. In order for it to be “unauthorized access”, you have to be using a cracked, stolen, or otherwise illegally obtained password. So you could not be criminally charged in the United States for bypassing geoblocking.

If Article 13 is fully implemented in Europe, VPN trade will boom and there would be a very big change in the Internet. We should not give it a chance and take action before it is too late. Europe does not listen to its people, the EU creates its own laws and implements them against the will of the people. This is no longer a democracy.

When Advertising Networks..

…start requesting ID’s from you. Then you think twice whether you want to do this. Especially if they come from the grey zone. I was asked a few days ago to send my ID to Propellerads. I was registered with them as a publisher for almost a year and gave them more than a million impressions a month. They decided to start something new called KYC System. I can understand when payment systems or governments exert pressure. This forces such networks as Propellerads to take action.

Propellerads knows, however, that their advertising. I suppose 50 or 60% if even more come from the grey zone or from the scene. Just the thought of subscription traps, viruses, gambling and other methods used as advertising media makes this even more suspicious. Especially for webmasters.Of course I would have no problem sending my ID to such a company. However, as a webmaster you still think about whether you should take such a step. Nevertheless, anonymity is more important to a webmaster than something like that, isn’t it?

Mail from Propellerads

Advertising from Adsterra, Adcash, Popcash, Popads and much more is simply used by illegal Warez, Porn, Stream or Filehoster and Streamhoster and also these companies know this and do targeted advertising for them. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m overreacting. However, I find that such a sensitive topic has to be reconsidered again and again, especially with such providers. Especially if providers also offer payouts in the form of crypto currencies, this is still a bigger issue.

I have come to the decision to move from Propellerads and register with other providers.

Let’s see if other providers will join in or if this is the case everywhere. Otherwise alternatives have to be found.