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Default Warez Download Site OneDDL Calls It Quits...

Warez Download Site OneDDL Calls It Quits Citing Legal Concerns
by enigmax

Popular direct links download site OneDDL has announced its immediate closure. The site, which has been around for the best part of seven years, is the latest casualty in the ongoing cyberlocker and linking controversy. What was once a legal gray area – the indexing and linking of copyright works – has now become a matter of black and white, the site’s owner reports.

With the rise and rise of cheap hosting with masses of available bandwidth and endless cloud storage, cyberlocker hosting sites have become the weapon of choice for many file-sharers.

Of course, in January the cyberlocker market had a rude awakening in the form of the Megaupload raids, and ever since the release scene has been shuffling around and reorganizing. Several file-hosting sites decided to call it quits and with their demise many so-called indexing ‘release’ sites couldn’t find the strength to carry on.

Some, however, such as the hugely popular Rlslog.net, carried on regardless but in the last 24 hours perhaps the biggest indexing/release site casualty of 2012 has been announced.

OneDDL, a site that in one form or another has been around for the past seven years, has decided to call it quits. The announcement comes as quite a surprise, since only 24 hours ago the site was still posting popular US TV shows and movies. The fact that it did so regularly has not been lost on the studios.

The site has operated two domains OneDDL.com and OneDDL.eu since Google started logging rightsholder takedown requests against the site in May 2011. During that time Google has received 544 takedowns, of which 356 came from NBC Universal.

Although OneDDL have offered no concrete information, between the lines of their shutdown statement reads a familiar story.

“The legality of websites, such as ours, has always been a rather grey area. I had believed that this ambiguity would work to our advantage and originally, that is what lawyers told us (yes, we went to see lawyers),” says the site owner.

“Lately however, the landscape has changed, and it appears the grey is gradually becoming black and white, unfortunately not in our favour.”

OneDDL’s owner continues by stating that the site always operated within the law by responding to takedown requests from copyright holders, but that even that couldn’t save the site.

“For some people, this is simply not enough,” he adds.

When contacted by TorrentFreak, the site’s owner would not be drawn on the exact reasons for the shutdown. As usual though, the Internet rumor mill is churning with stories of the site being “under investigation” and threats from US entertainment companies and their UK proxies. We have been unable to confirm any of the claims.

What seems completely certain is that from a downloading perspective OneDDL is no more. That has saddened the site’s considerable userbase – Alexa has OneDDL ranked as the 4,419th most popular site in the world – but perhaps inevitably the main discussion point in the site’s goodbye statement has quickly turned from farewells into where to find OneDDL alternatives.


I suspect that a lot of warez sites across the net is fixing to see some new member from this closing being as the site was as big as it was.

All this closing of the warez sites and hunting down places are part and parcel with the entertainment industry trying to get a handle on preventing their precious income streams from slipping away, as the publishing industry, the newspapers, and the music industry has found themselves in. No matter how you count the chickens, the internet is a game changer, much the same as electricity was. It may not seem to you, living in the middle of the change, that this is so. But were you to be able to look back, 20 years from now, you would probably mark this decade as important.

There are so many similarities to electricity and how it was adopted and how it changed Average Joes' life. There are also similarities to even earlier industries and how disruptive technologies changed the world. Making some winners and some losers.

In the case of TV and cable, that industry is in a state of denial at this time. If asked or if they speak of it, it is unfathomable that chord cutting is happening. At the same time, it is what is driving the head hunting for copyright infringement. You see, movies, tv, and cable are huge money makers. That it could just dry up and disappear is not an acceptable answer to these intrenched megacorps. So changing the laws to suit them and protect their income stream is the answer. This is where the pressure is coming from to pursue copyright infringement on large scale. It is the driver behind why the pressure is on to legally put OneDDL in a bind and get it off the net.

But even in it's wettest dream, the IP industry knows it can't get rid of piracy through snapping their fingers or pitching a fit. There is a simple way to close down piracy but until these entrenched industries are faced with bankruptcy, none will consider it as it means giving up some control and actually having to work for the money. Today the most common attitude you see out of the IP industry is one of entitlement. Basically, "We made it and are entitled to a boat load of money" and no other answer is acceptable. No other business would stay in business with this attitude. Only because they have had a protected monopoly has it went on this long.

In the meantime, let us look and hope for new members. If they arrive let us welcome them with open arms.
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Default Re: Warez Download Site OneDDL Calls It Quits...

Its always the big ones they go after, then close down. I think us little ones will survive. There are just too many of us around the world. Most that have been taken down have made a heck of a lot of money....... No worries for our poor little site on that score!
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