VeryCD

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VeryCD
VeryCD Logo
Web address VeryCD.com
Slogan Share the Internet (分享互联网)
Commercial? Yes
Type of site File-sharing
Registration Optional
Content license CC-BY-SA 1.0[1]
Owner Shanghai Source Networking Technology Co., Ltd, Huang Yimeng
Created by Huang Yimeng
Launched 2003–2011
Alexa rank positive decrease 4,691 (April 2014)[2]

VeryCD is a Chinese website that shares files via eD2k links. The website was begun in September 2003 by Huang Yimeng (Chinese: 黄一孟). In June 2005,[3] Shanghai Source Networking Technology Co., Ltd (Chinese: 上海维西网络科技有限公司, or VeryCD company)[4] was established. It is a for-profit organization headquartered in Shanghai, China. Today, VeryCD is one of the most popular file-sharing (via ed2k links) websites in China.

Aims[edit]

According to VeryCD company, VeryCD.com "aims to be the biggest and the most user-friendly P2P seed database website in the world. […] Its declaration against corruption from capitalized operation kept the website organized and free of advertisement abuse."[5] But some people thought that it was contradictory, since VeryCD was already a commercial company which had a lot of advertisement on the website. The creator of the website and leader of the VeryCD company, Huang Yimeng was also listed in a "list of Chinese multimillionaires born in 1980s" by some Chinese media.[6]

Software[edit]

Two eDonkey network clients, eMule VeryCD Mod and easyMule, are developed by VeryCD company.

eMule VeryCD Mod[edit]

eMule VeryCD Mod developed since 2003 is based on eMule and open-sourced. It has a built-in browser to access the Web.

Due to the censorship in China, eMule VeryCD Mod has a search word filter to prevent users from searching some political or pornographic words.

easyMule[edit]

easyMule developed since 2007 is now the company's primary client. It removes the category, message, IRC, custom skin and some other features from eMule, adds BHO (Browser Helper Object) plug-in to users' IE browser.[7] The browser built in easyMule can only access VeryCD.com site.

easyMule's users can't search via eDonkey servers or Kad network, it is only allowed to search from the links indexed by VeryCD.com.[8][9]

easyMule version 1 is eMule-based and open-sourced. Since v2.0, easyMule has closed its source. VeryCD company's developer claimed that easyMule 2.0 is written from scratch by them. On 1 July 2009, an aMule developer wrote a topic on VeryCD's group, claiming that easyMule is built over code of aMule which is a GPLed eD2k client, and asking for the code. But this was said to be "purely irresponsible nonsense" and refused by VeryCD's owner Huang Yimeng.[10][11]

Anti-leech[edit]

The two clients implement eMule Xtreme Mod's Dynamic Leecher Protection (DLP) to ban leecher-mods, but use their own modified source-closed dll library file. They removed Xunlei from the blacklist, and have falsely banned Xtreme, MorphXT and some other eMule mods twice in November 2008 and May 2010.[12][13][14]

Fake eMule[edit]

eMule VeryCD Mod's official website, emule.org.cn, named "Dianlv (eMule) Chinese Site" (电驴(eMule)中文网站), is criticized in that it misleads users and pretends to be eMule's official website.[15]

"Dianlv" (simplified Chinese: 电驴; traditional Chinese: 電驢; pinyin: diàn lǘ; literally: "Electronic Donkey") is eDonkey's Chinese name. Some Chinese users call eMule "Dianlv" as well. VeryCD company has tried to register both "eMule" and "Dianlv" for trademarks in China, but not approved up to now. However, easyMule (version 1 and 2) was named "Dianlv" in Chinese by the company. VeryCD.com claims itself to be the official "Dianlv" site. The name of "Dianlv" is considered to be another misleading.[15][16]

VeryCD sometimes deletes topics about the real official eMule and non-VeryCD clients on its site.[17]

Feature[edit]

There used to be a Discussion forum powered by Invision Power Board.[18] Now the forum registration has been stopped. The new "groups" (社区) is being used.[19]

More than 150 thousands shared contents pages had been published and indexed, accessible to its search engine. On these pages, Files' eD2k links are shared freely by users.

MP3![edit]

MP3! was a music sharing project by VeryCD that is intended to be the largest music library in the P2P world and indexed by VeryCD. It maintains requirements for the seeder to have standardized MP3 format with ID3 tags for metadata, standardized RAR packing method, album cover, introduction to VeryCD and its project, no repeat publication of the same content and have enough bandwidth.[20] MP3 items were forced to join this project for publishing on VeryCD.com. Since some users were against this advertisement project, now it is no longer forced.

Copyright[edit]

VeryCD announces that all the things on VeryCD.com are licensed under CC-BY-SA 1.0.[1]

Incidents[edit]

Warning from administration[edit]

On 27 October 2008, China’s State Administration of Radio Film and Television claimed that VeryCD.com and some other sites have violated various regulations, including the publishing of horrific, violent or pornographic content, and operating a video site without proper approval. None of the sites was warned due to piracy issues.[21][22]

Users' quitting[edit]

At the end of November 2008, the discussion forum was abandoned, users were forced to use the "groups". At the meantime, VeryCD Mod falsely banned eMule Xtreme Mod, leading to users' dissatisfaction and quitting.[12][13]

Takedown[edit]

The site was temporarily taken offline on 9 December 2009. The homepage was on that date replaced by a message claiming server's technical difficulties. One of VeryCD's creators Dai Yunjie affirmed that, and claimed that it had nothing with Chinese administrations.[23] The site returned to functional status one day after.

Remove links[edit]

On 23 January 2011, eD2k links to all the music, movies and TV series on the site were removed.[24]

See also[edit]

References & Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VeryCD: 提供的服务". VeryCD company (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Verycd.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "VeryCD成被告赔款8万元 P2P难逃版权纠纷" (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  4. ^ In the Chinese name of Shanghai Source Networking Technology Co., Ltd, 上海维西网络科技有限公司, "维西" is pronounced "Wéi Xī" which is similar to "VeryCD", someone also calls it "VeryCD公司" which means "VeryCD company".
  5. ^ "VeryCD – 关于我们". VeryCD company (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "80后网络千万富翁最全名单 他们如何发迹?" (in Chinese). MSN China. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "VeryCD公司 EasyMule v1.1.11 (基于eMule v0.49b)". Xeporing (in Chinese). Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "VeryCD easyMule彻底去除eD2k服务器和Kad网络搜索" (in Chinese). Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "VeryCD的所谓"电驴"去除了电驴网络全局搜索功能" (in Chinese). Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "EasyMule2涉嫌抄袭aMule代码". jing (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Topic on VeryCD.com: EasyMule 2 source code". gtoso (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "VC的DLP对迅雷放行引发论坛骚乱". hupisha (in Chinese). Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "VeryCD承认此次DLP为误杀Xtreme" (in Chinese). 23 November 2008. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "VeryCD公司DLP再次大面积误杀Xtreme等正规Mod" (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "VeryCD对eMule/电驴/电骡/VeryCD/EasyMule等词的混淆性宣传分析与证据" (in Chinese). Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "陈佼"每周一蛋疼":诚恳建议"电驴"改名" (in Chinese). cnBeta. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "揭露真相反被害 自由资源发布小组被VeryCD无故封杀". Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  18. ^ bbs.verycd.com
  19. ^ verycd.com/groups/
  20. ^ "VeryCD MP3 共享计划". VeryCD company (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  21. ^ "互联网视听节目服务抽查情况公告(第3号)". 中华人民共和国国家广播电影电视总局 (in Chinese). Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  22. ^ "Chinese State Bans Video Sites, Huge eDonkey Site Survives". enigmax. TorrentFreak. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  23. ^ "VeryCD创始人称机房故障造成网站访问异常" (in Chinese). Retrieved 9 December 2009. 
  24. ^ "VeryCD遇七年变局:下载服务关闭 不涉及关站" (in Chinese). sina tech. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 

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