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.

My desire..

cyberpunk 2077 radio mix (click to listen)

..for special music. Every human being is special in his own way and fortunately nobody has the same personality. My passion for synthwave and film music is enormous. Some years ago I came across a kind of music that still fascinates me today. Cyberpunk and retro music from the 80s.

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a futuristic setting that tends to focus on a “combination of lowlife and high tech” featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order. – Wikipedia

I would recommend to each of you to listen to such music. If you like electronic music, you will also like this one. Simply click on the thumbnail here in the article and the player will open.

When suddenly Hetzner..

.. the runner in the hosting industry is and every Webmaster messes up because possibilities arise which nobody would never have thought. Hetzner started last year to expand their bandwidth offer. The bandwidth was on a dedicated 1000mbps connection for actually all of their dedicated servers. However, they were still limited to 20TB per month until almost the end of 2018. When you exceeded 20TB, the connection was throttled.

Hetzner decided, how it also came to lift the whole limitation of the bandwidth. Now there is unlimited bandwidth for almost all dedicated Hetzner servers. On LowEndTalk the topic was hotly discussed and the users did not hesitate to create the first memes.

hetzner memes

The interesting thing about the whole thing is that after Hetzner increased the bandwidth, OVH went straight along with it. There was suddenly double bandwidth at OVH and that’s exactly what revived the whole community and webmaster scene. Hetzner offers more and more servers where you just can’t look away and have to buy them. That’s why many users keep saying “RIP wallet” with offers from Hetzner. Exactly for these reasons there are the memes for Hetzner.

You are forced to buy servers from Hetzner because they are simply good and cheap and there is no competitor. However, there is a problem for webmasters from the file sharing scene. The server locations are in Germany (Germany is not a lucrative location for file sharers). That makes the whole again interesting. Hetzner was abused again and again by Warez, streaming or even Warez Linking websites because their offers are simply unbeatable. That reminds me of the story from Kino.to. After the whole Kino.to gang was blown up and arrested, new stuff came from the background of the whole crew and website. Kino.to was like any other streaming site a concept where the streams were only linked and forwarded to

where are the competitors for hetzner?

streaming providers. At that time there were providers like Freakshare, Bitshare, Duckload and the one provider called Archiv.to.

Archiv.to was actually a stream hoster that had all the storage servers at Hetzner. One employee had close contact with the Archiv.to operators, who were actually also the operators of Kino.to. They had agreed on a deal where everyone saw a profitable business. With the arrests at Kino.to such stories came into the net that might have been true or false.

However, we hope that Hetzner will continue to be so cool and bring offers that will burn the bank accounts of his loyal customers again and again.