Over 900 RARBG Magnet Link Repos Anonymously Nuked From GitHub
The shutdown of major torrent site RARBG in May sent shockwaves through the entire pirate ecosystem. As part of an effort to preserve access to content, archivists began uploading RARBG magnet link databases to platforms including GitHub. One repo was forked 900 times but a single DMCA notice sent by a single rightsholder has wiped every last one from GitHub. Their identity is a secret.
RARBG was never likely to win any prizes for being the best-looking site with bleeding-edge features. Nor would its operators hope to win any. What the site did was what any indexer of any content should strive for; plenty of well-organized and readily searchable content, all of it supported by ancillary sources of complementary data, with very little downtime and zero drama.
Until the site threw in the towel in May, RARBG met all of these requirements and made it look easy. The decision to shut down obviously came as a shock, but the complete lack of notice took everyone by surprise. There would be no closing down event, and no last few days to grab whatever people had taken for granted would always be available.
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