On ninjavideo.net, and virtual community.

"I love this game. I love it so much. We all do. My community is the most important thing in the world to me and what we've built here is my crowning achievement. Never before in my experience have I seen so many people come together from around the world to put forth such a concerted effort to provide for each other the way I see the Ninjas do. I ask that it's respected at the very least... that it's acknowledged as a valiant effort... even if at the end of the day you're struck with a 404 or God forbid... forced to utilize a Flash Alternate."
~Phara, "Ninjavideo.net"

E-piracy is an interesting phenomenon. As mentioned the other day in the post about the Pirate Bay founders being found guilty in their trial (link), the strategy being employed by corporate media and their law experts are turning more and more otherwise law abiding people into ideological opponents of the capitalist entertainment industry.

A bastion of ideological resistance has been Ninjavideo. The folks who run the site don't share television shows and movies just to share them. They come right out and say that they share them to build a community of resistance -- ideologically, politically, economically, socially, virtually -- to the status quo. And, judging by the fact that they are getting 150,000 visitors a day to their site -- many who participate in forum discussions and donate money to support the site -- they've done a hell of a job so far. Every time I show someone the site, their first words are, "how is this legal?"

But they continue regardless. Their coding/hacker skills have ENABLED them to program all sorts of unique backend features to their site, allowing them to stay under the radar, because other websites are prevented from stealing their content and spreading it around the net. Unlike other Internet TV "services" that try and run away from ownership of their links by claiming they are just indexers of content (a tactic that got the Pirate Bay founders a guilty verdict), you can only get Ninjavideo content from one place, Ninjavideo. And they proudly take responsibility for it. Their most recent manifesto reads like a journal entry from Che Guevara in a virtual Sierra Maestra. Partake:

Ninjavideo MAINSITE UPDATE - HUGE NEWS o_0: No one knows more than the Admins of NinjaVideo that early Fall season was Ninja's heyday. And no one is more crippled by the problems that affect the site more than us either. We love our baby. We've dedicated our lives to it... to a movement that we tried to establish via it... to a community that we've built behind it. Sleepless nights, too many cigarettes, blinding hours of coding, chat after chat, drama after drama... Ninja has become so much to so many people... and it is with great pride and a bit of trepidation that we launch our newest incarnation of the NinjaVideo Helper. One that we pray stays stable for a considerable length of time.

The newest applet will be asking you to type in a captcha code. It is not case sensitive and is an inbuilt feature necessary in the running of the newest backend. As I type this, videos are all being reuploaded on both New Release Movies and the current lineups. You should be seeing instant and super fast buffering. However... I ask that you wait a couple of seconds after entering the captcha and pressing play. We're still banging out the kinks of this new system. Essentially the page is gathering info and it's not as instantaneous as we would like it to be just yet. Also... if you don't have a divx window appear after entering the code... I would suggest refreshing and trying again. We're still learning as we go along on our end as well.

So what can I say? This site is a behemoth and it tries to service over 150,000 UNIQUE visitors daily. And we're still a handful of twenty-somes with an obsession for online media. Many of you don't know our history... but put it this way... Ninja came up 2 weeks before the biggest DivX player in the game completely shut down. And while they threw their hands up and gave up... we've thrown trick after trick after trick at our backend in order to survive. When triple digit servers didn't work, we invested into quadruple digit servers. While people race into my forum to scream and rant and criticize because me and my partners are abrasive and a bit "funny" with our personalities... we pay out more in monthly costs than most do in mortgages.

/sighs sadly

I love this game. I love it so much. We all do. My community is the most important thing in the world to me and what we've built here is my crowning achievement. Never before in my experience have I seen so many people come together from around the world to put forth such a concerted effort to provide for each other the way I see the Ninjas do. I ask that it's respected at the very least... that it's acknowledged as a valiant effort... even if at the end of the day you're struck with a 404 or God forbid... forced to utilize a Flash Alternate.

Once again... and as always... Dead1ne is a GOD. And you know what... we're all pretty good at this. So to my partners... my friends... my fam and my community... I love you f'ckers. This go is for you.

We're back... and we're still killing it.
~Phara~