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After being founded in 2006, RLSLOG has grown to become the largest and most recognized hacker “blog post” on the Internet. In the years since, RLSLOG has weathered many legal storms and even referrals to the USTR, but today the founder of RLSLOG confirms that after 15 years the site has thrown in the towel.
Founded in 2006, RLSLOG.net was one of the pioneers of the ‘release blog’ format. When it was launched, visitors were able to discover the latest versions of the hackers, who had uploaded them and, most importantly, what the files were called.
Unlike the so-called “pre-databases” which only displayed raw information, newer versions of RLSLOG were presented as an article with comments on quality, source (like DVDSCR or the now largely defunct). Telecine), runtime, IMDB rating, and format (eg Xvid). Music has also been widely covered with pirated apps, games, and other content.
These posts were also related to the ‘NFO’ Scene files, but where the site broke was adding links where the files could be found on torrent sites, including the long-dead Mininova. This information was greeted by millions of hackers and in a defining moment, was even appreciated by a leading filmmaker.
In November 2007, Eric Wilkinson, the producer of the indie film ‘The Man from Earth’, wrote an email to RLSlog in which he thanked them for the free promotion the site had given him. “In the future, I won’t be complaining about file sharing,” he wrote, “When I take my next photo, I can just upload the movie to the net myself!”
Over 10 years later, however, Wilkinson described hackers as an “existential threat” to all creators. This position was also held by the entertainment industries at large a decade earlier, so with an increasing number of visitors to RLSLOG, the site received a lot of attention from copyright holders.
RLSLOG reported to USTR
While this is a particularly intrusive status, any site reported to the United States Trade Representative by copyright owners may well see itself on the map. In 2010, RLSLOG was reported to the USTR by the RIAA as a “big deal” worthy of enforcement action. By the time, RLSLOG had grown into the world’s most popular release news site, a position that is not lost in the music industry.
“Www.rlslog.net has thousands of pre-release and recently released music tracks available on the site. For each title there are several one-click download links called “mirrors”, “the RIAA told USTR.
“Due to the speed at which content and mirror links are added, this site allows users to quickly download pre-release titles, but also to request new links if older links have been removed.”
Copyright pressures are mounting
In the same year that the RIAA filed its complaint with the USTR, RLSLOG was taken offline by its German hosting company following a request to remove Universal Music. A few months later he was down again, this time kicked out by his new host based in the Netherlands. Even greater pressure awaited.
In late 2012, RLSLOG received threats from prominent law firm Wiggin LLC acting on behalf of Hollywood studios. They claimed that approximately 94% of all content listed by RLSLOG was material to which they owned the copyright. The owner of RLSLOG disputed this, but nevertheless considered action in response, including removing third-party download links.
The following February, RLSLOG confirmed that all direct links to movies and TV shows would be removed. However, these have been replaced with pre-populated Google searches, allowing the search engine to direct people to the content instead.
The beginning of the end
For many years that followed, RLSLOG continued to serve its user base while mostly staying out of the headlines, but with millions of users turning to legal services like Netflix, the site’s position on the global market has changed.
The site still enjoys considerable traffic today, but this morning RLSLOG founder Martin revealed that the site is closed for good.
Martin informs TorrentFreak that the time had come to move away.
“There is no big reason behind the announcement, we just decided to focus on other projects and move forward, to bring this incredible chapter to a close,” he explains.
“We have been and always will be the very first and also the most visited file sharing blog in the world with hundreds of thousands of loyal readers. For 15 consecutive years, we’ve provided the fastest and most comprehensive information on stage and off stage releases. “
Martin also cites changes in the content offering as a factor, noting that today’s focus on streaming played a role in his decision to shut down RLSLOG.
“The file-sharing environment has changed a lot in recent years, with more and more users paying for content through Netflix, Amazon Prime and other services, or switching to online streaming, which has also played a role. role in our decision. Either way, fond memories and strong friendships will prevail after this amazing chapter and RLSLOG will always be a part of file sharing history.
According to a post on RLSLOG, the site is currently for sale. It’s unclear whether a potential buyer will attempt to pick up where RLSLOG left off, but they’ll have big boots to fill in and a long history that in today’s environment will be virtually impossible to replicate.