The Pirate Society

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What follows is a short stream-of-consciousness piece I wrote this evening after becoming increasingly frustrated by how candid I have to be when writing/speaking about my media library.

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We Are All Criminals

Music is inherently a social system. Music scholars, historians, archivists, and an entire generation of self-made cultural custodians need to share their musical experiences with one another. This sense of community gives substance and shape to an otherwise formless and stagnant medium.

Unfortunately, the copyright industry has crippled that facet of social development with the legal construct of Intellectual Property, effectively criminalizing hundreds of millions of people for the way they consume their media. Avid fans of an artist, composer, or an entire...
The title could be misinterpreted, and if so, my apologies. However, the question still stands. Why do you torrent?

What is the major motivator behind your filesharing activity? What is it about torrenting that keeps you engaged? Of all the ways that you could acquire your content, why do you choose this way? Don't freak out, this isn't an attempt to bust anyone, or any kind of suspicious post. It is a genuine question posed to facilitate conversation, and perhaps a deeper understanding of the what, how, and why we participate in this often-criticized practice.

Some people have graduated to using Bittorrent to share files, often coming from a predecessor platform of some kind (filesharing ancestors, if you will). Others have known nothing else. Some use it because they have not found...
So in the years that I have been part of TPS, I have made a point to myself to keep away from the public blog. For personal reasons, I believe the Public Blog can be a bit intimidating at times. However I come here often and read more than what I comment or reply to it.

Today I want to make a short exception to that personal rule. Today I want quickly to talk about The Pirate Society, and what it means to me and to some of us that have worked for years to have this massive vessel, where is it at, and what it is today.

We have established relationships across many different communities, and we have been able to make friends that will truly last a life time.

The knowledge that I have been able to acquire here and thru here has been paramount to me. Not to mention the friendships that...
There's been talk about our list from time to time, so I just wanted to clarify what it represents, and for that matter, what it doesn't represent. First, a little history (which TPS members know already) . Prior to its creation, there was no such thing at other invite forums. At those forums, you could offer or request any tracker, and at times that offer or request would be against tracker rules and the offerer or recipient would get himself banned from the tracker. Some invite forums then decided to hide their activities, by asking members to use different nicknames as from their trackers, and asking that usernames and stats be blacked out on "ratio proofs," so they wouldn't get caught by trackers. (No matter. These "dodgy forums" would get infiltrated by trackers and people still...
So in a previous article I mentioned how to handle your situation if you have had a "past" at a "dodgy invite forum," especially the ones which allow "really bad behavior" like trading or selling. So for this part 2 article, let me assume that you as a n00b joined one (or 2) of these forums, made a few posts, maybe grabbed some invites and gave out an invite (or 2). I assume it was against the rules of the tracker for you to receive or give out those invites, and one or more of those places has banned you. Now I assume when applying for TPS membership, you did the "right thing" and came clean with us, detailing everything you've done with us and did not hide anything. You gave us all of your profile links to those "bad forums" and have left them permanently, and we've invited you....
Some of my blog articles reflect some of the conversations which have gone on at TPS, and I wanted to share them with our non-TPS members who read the blog, plus it provides more "food for thought" for our members. Here are 2 short articles.

If You Invited a Bad User

1. You meet a guy at TPS or at your trackers, and he seems to share your interest in movies/music/tv etc. Seems like a friendly, good guy, and one day he mentions he's interested in a particular tracker. Being diligent, you ask him to give you a profile link and you even PM him at the link to make sure he's genuine. then you invite him to the place he wants into. A week later, you get a PM from a tracker staff saying the guy you invited was a bad user, you just lost your invite...
This old pirate has a story or two to tell, about life on the high seas back in the golden ages, so kick back and enjoy. We'll have some rum, sing some chanteys, and perhaps even find some treasures you swabbies never knew existed. I will warn you up front that this is a long post, and don't expect a TL;DR from me, because that's not how I do things. If you care about history, you will want to read this.

Torrenting. Most of you probably know it as the way to get movies, TV episodes, music, and various other booty without paying a fortune. Oftentimes you can get your treasure even before the public does. A few clicks and a couple of search phrases, then you wait as your precious loot is delivered to you ever so quickly. Sounds easy, you say? Well, it is easy. TOO EASY. Let me tell...
This blog article is meant for beginners who are not TPS members, those thinking about joining TPS, and our own members who want some "food for thought." It is sad when my motivation to write blog articles happens after we ban a TPS member. ;) Our most recent Castaway is a guy who never sold invites, traded invites, or ratio cheated. But he was an active invite BUYER. This is kind of a first for us. We've had members who we have kept at TPS who have bought an invite or 2 because they were n00bs and found a "bad forum" via Google search and not knowing better, tried to buy their way into their first trackers. We forgave these members because they were truly new to private trackers. The guy we just banned was a fairly longstanding member of multiple "bad forums" and had a track record of...
Well we made the 10 hour drive to Norfolk, got a room and a 12 pack. All things said I figure each trip cost me close to $800 each, between gas, food, rooms and lost work, these were expensive trips.

I showed early for court, too bad my lawyer wasn’t so inclined. The guy looked as if he slept in his suit. In the court room I final got to put faces to the names of Stash, Hoad, and EZ. We had never met in person. I was shocked to see that Stash and Hoad were as old as I was. I was also surprised when Hoad and EZ both plead out that very day, unbelievable. Well I plead NOT GUILTY, need to see what they have for evidence. After court I have to go to the Norfolk Probation office and check in and of course donate some urine. A few hours later I meet with my Lawyer, he suggests I plead...
The following text is an amended excerpt from my Wordpress music journal.

This summer brought many changes to my personal music library. First I started fresh with a Linux OS and finally said "farewell" to Windows. There was a brief period of limbo as I tested various open source media management software to find the right fit for my collection. I finally settled down with gmusicbrowser which outperformed Clementine and other major players in its handling of large libraries and in the incredible versatility and customization of its GUI.

This was the very first time since the launch of Winamp 5 (the amusing successor to Winamp 3) that I'd explored the power of music metadata to organize my library dynamically across multiple data points. (I'd...