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selver wrote

Last one I got was for a textbook, I think it was in 2016. But I've been using private trackers for a while now, so books were the only public ones I would know about.

Netflix and the like are so dominant now that I feel like they're going to give up with chasing down pirates. Most people seem to have conceded to paying for their media online.

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Yoshii wrote

Yes, ISP's are still doing it, just like how throttling was supposed to be illegal since '16. ISP's do not have to play by the rules, and it's only with mass public outcry that anything is done or attempted. This is proven true when you use compromised services such as Free Download Manager or Vuze to torrent anything, as you are forced to seed and therefore give yourself away.

The best advice that I can give you would be to look up the right servers in the OpenNIC project or similar DNS solutions that have null monitoring protocols. If you have the money, invest in a VPN solution using one of the discount links on countless YouTube channels. Provide only fake info when using services, especially popular ones that you may use directly or indirectly when downloading. If you insist on torrenting, using private trackers is required now. It wasn't necessary before, but now they look out for any torrenting traffic at all to dissect. Finding direct download sites is another priority since you can easily obfuscate anything sketchy or potentially incriminating using a variety of methods and tools.

'Piracy' (still a fucking stupid term) has become more difficult thanks to extended monitoring, crawling, and ferocity of companies abusing things like DMCA. However, if you know a couple people online, you can probably find new sources to investigate.