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The loss of What.CD was the loss of the greatest collection of music ever created, but there was another effect of its demise: accessibility to the private tracker community diminished severely afterward as well. Anyone new to the community would be advised to take What's interview, even if their interest in music wasn't that high, simply because succeeding there pretty much assured entry to almost anywhere they wanted to be. That gateway is gone now.

Looking back at how active TPS used to be circa 2008-2009 it seems TPS played a much larger role in facilitating the entry to this thing of ours. I have no idea how many trackers were recruiting from TPS back then, but there still seems to be a certain level of coziness between tracker staff & the staff here. The difference however is...
I think we can all agree that twenty-sixteen has been a dumpster fire of a year. We've seen the rise of Trump including a resurgence of overt bigotry and racism, the Syrian humanitarian crisis, the exit of Britain from the EU, a string of beloved-celebrity deaths, and to top it all off, our little corner of the internet has come under attack from law enforcement.

The sudden closure of BCG by the UK's Intellectual Property Crime Unit saw the arrest of two UK nationals responsible for operating the site, including pjcnetpjcnet, one of the most beloved staffers in the PT community and active contributor on TPS. This was followed by the shocking closure of What.CD after 12 OVH servers consisting of the What.CD infrastructure were seized by French cybercrime authorities. We...
After 8 years of membership I took for granted the enduring existence of What.CD, a tracker I viewed as a most stable pillar of the greater community.

Celebrated for countless reasons, be it as the music wing of the revered "holy trinity"; pioneering the Gazelle/Ocelot framework; or as a gateway for new members into private torrenting, What.CD comes with a near 10 year history - an entire generation of influence still felt everywhere throughout the community.

What.CD was not just the replacement to OiNK, it set a new standard to which virtually every other tracker would aspire. It seemed like it would go on forever.

Then in an instant, it was gone.

Personally I never really used What.CD. I had a ~100GB buffer and donated for immunity to inactivity pruning, and in the last several...
Originally published 05-27-16 to The Innerspace Connection by yours truly.

ed. note: While my journal focuses primarily on milestones of music history, today's entry is particularly relevant to TPS, as it highlights a core text of our internet freedoms. As the paper is more relevant now than ever before, I thought it important to share this piece of history to remind us all of the freedoms we must defend. Enjoy!

Over the past several months I’ve taken a considerable interest in Copyright Reform, Fair Use, Free Culture, and the fight for Internet Freedom. I purchased a copy of Prof. Lawrence Lessig’s cornerstone text, Free Culture and have been reading papers on the subject at every opportunity.

This returned my attention to one of the most prophetic and...
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.


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...