Originally Posted by zebular
Well usually usenet only has like a 90 day retention... but yeah, I usually get everything on day 1 or within the week.
DMCA takedowns usuaully don't affect stuff less than a couple of weeks old. If you're with a top tier provider like Giganews, they can take stuff down within an hour or two of release.
Most stuff I download is in the 500 day+ range, most PS3 stuff is that old two, rarely will you find - even the top games - get uploaded again once they've been posted.
If you take Final Fantasy XIII for example, there is no way to download that from Usenet successfully, there's the release from "Fighter1982", but it's too damaged on all providers to reapair with the pars provided.
Sony are really aggressive with this kind of stuff, inparticular.
A kind person, pm'd me to offer advice on downloading something, I appreciate the pm but please people this isn't a request for help. I don't solicit advice for downloading pirated material. I'm just discussing the situation...actually ended up signing up for a trial rental service to get FFXIII again...it was that difficult to get, and I'm not happing around on pirate bay with a 100-1 seeder/leech ratio for this crap downloading at 10kb/s thanks.