How to recognize a pirate site - 8 signs of scammers

How to recognize a pirate site - 8 signs of scammers

Recommends the initiative "Clear Sky", taht aims to develop legal audio-visual product in Ukrainian segment of the internet and fight against the distribution of content that violates intellectual property rights

About a month ago, the Ukrainian anti-piracy initiative "Clear Sky" provided instructions on how to recognize a pirate site. And last week, similar recommendations were presented about the pirate site Torrent Freak. The recommendations of the "Clear Sky" are, rather, b2b character: they refer to the list of sites-pirates, compiled for advertisers, and to Content ID. Content ID is a program for sites with user-generated content that compares downloadable videos with a base of copyrighted works (for example, YouTube works).

Why, then, the user generally needs to distinguish a pirated site from a legal one, you think. There are millions of daily requests such as "Download movie for free". "And what's wrong with that?" Do not deceive yourself - it is complicity in the theft. Sites-pirates steal from copyright holders, earn you, or rather, on advertising that you watch when you visit their site. So you help fraudsters make a profit. In this case, often a great producer, by losing ability to get his honestly earned income, can’t create such a great films or programs, because he does not have enough money for this. Sad, don’t you think so?

Tips from Torrent Freak concourse and comic. Here they are as well as - their brief retelling with comments from the "Clear Sky" below. This shows that in every joke there is some truth. So, how to determine that the site is pirated:

1. Does the site ask for a name, address, and entire credit history? Torrent Freak thinks: since legal sites must license Hollywood and other films, they are expensive to operate. Therefore, the desire for you to pay is explicable, and they want to make sure that you can pay.

"Clear Sky" clarifies: It’s truth, but not all legal video is paid. There are online cinemas that pay for licensing with advertising.

2. Can the site be legal, but not ask for a penny? Here Torrent Freak says that there is very high probability that this is a pirate site. "If he offers thousands of movies and television shows without asking for access to your wallet, you are most likely on the open seas."

"Clear Sky" comments: as we said in the previous paragraph, it can. But to watch movies for free you must register and get an account.

3. Does the site start to get on your nerves? Torrent Freak jokes about the quality of content and advertising most often found on pirated sites. "If you are offered to increase penis, meet a woman or a quick enrichment scheme, this is most likely a pirate site. And these stupid offers are the price you pay for illegal content. Lousy advertising is definitely a sign of an illegal site."

“Clear Sky”: of course, bad advertising is found everywhere, but pirated sites are a paradise for “low-grade”. Poor quality content, poor-quality website design, low-grade advertising creative and advertising of prohibited goods and services are symptoms of an illegal website.

4. Confusion. Torrent Freak notes this point: services like Netflix or Spotify are easy to use. "Their interfaces are clean, neat and do nothing unexpected. But, if you are on a site with six download buttons, and none of them load anything, this is probably a pirate site."

“Clear Sky” comments: although Torrent Freak hints that some pirated sites are also user friendly. But after all and such, 6 buttons is really a lot of.

5. The site contains all the new rental of Torrent Freak Torrent Freak: Hollywood's main asset is just released films. It keeps them as a caring mother, allowing only those who pay to see. “As a rule, if you watch online premieres for free, it’s illegal.” At the same time, the instruction of Torrent Freak separately points to the option of paid VOD, when the viewer puts out a tidy sum for viewing the novelty: “If the movie was released today, last week or even last month, and you paid a fair price to watch it with friends in the big room, with expensive and harmful drinks and snacks - CONGRATULATIONS! You have found the only way to watch the latest films for legal reasons."

“Clear Sky”: Here it is ironic about “expensive and harmful drinks and snacks”, but on the whole - yes, if new products are offered for free on the site, they are stolen. And if you paid for them - then the resource is most likely legal.

6. "I like the site: it has everything that I want in one place. Is it legal?" Torrent Freak responds: STOP. This is definitely an illegal site. The film and television industries entertain the masses, but they also ensure that you never - NEVER - can find all the content in one place. To legally gain access to a wide list of video content, you must subscribe to several legal services.

"Clear Sky" clarifies: Probably, once all manufacturers will be able to agree among themselves, and the competition will disappear. But for now, yes, you can't find everything in one place.

7. The site offers me each TV channel for £ 10 / dollars / euros per month. Is it legal? Torrent Freak is ironic: Yes. If you can watch movies / television at the same time and go to the best restaurants of the city every day, then: either you are rich or it's a pirate service.

“Clear Sky” explains: Content is expensive. In Ukraine, of course, we are not talking about 10 euros per month per channel, but private commercial TV channels are often paid.

8. The site has no ways to contact the administrator, and the WhoIS system does not contain information about the owner of the site or there is a general e-mail from which no one responds. This is another sign of an illegal site that indicates "Clear Sky", calling it "indirect".

The "Clean Sky" initiative was created in 2013 with the goal of developing a legal audio-visual product in the network and combating websites that distribute content in the network in violation of intellectual property rights. Its founders are the four largest media groups in Ukraine - 1+1 Media Group, StarLightMedia, Media Group Ukraine and the Inter Media Group.