RARBG

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RARBG
RARBG Logo.png
RARBG Homepage July 2019.png
RARBG Homepage as of July 2019
Type of site
Torrent index, magnet links provider
Available inEnglish
Area servedWorldwide (except for blocked countries)
URLrarbg.to
RegistrationClosed
Launched2008; 12 years ago (2008)
Current statusOnline

RARBG is a website that provides torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. From 2014 onward, RARBG has repeatedly appeared in TorrentFreak's yearly list of most visited torrent websites.[1] It was ranked 4th as of April 2020.[2] The website does not allow users to upload their own torrents.[1]

History[edit]

RARBG was founded in 2008. Originally conceived as a Bulgarian BitTorrent tracker – BG stands for 'Bulgaria' in the name –, the website has been serving an international audience since then. According to TorrentFreak, RARBG specializes in English-language "high quality video releases, but lists other content as well, including games, software and music."[1]

The website has been described in 2019 as a "notorious market" by the US trade representative.[3] In 2020, the website was listed as a target of Bulgarian law enforcement.[4]

Blocking and censorship[edit]

RARBG is blocked in several countries around the world for legal reasons, generally due to its facilitation of copyright infringement.[1] In December 2008, the site remained closed for one week due to legal pressure from BREIN.[5]

Country Date of block
Saudi Arabia 2 April 2014[6]
United Kingdom 27 November 2014[7]
Denmark 27 March 2015[8]
Turkey 12 August 2015[9]
Portugal 26 October 2015[10]
Italy 6 March 2017[11]
Australia 18 August 2017[12]
Indonesia 10 October 2017[citation needed]
Finland 8 June 2018[13]
United Arab Emirates 8 June 2018[citation needed]
Ireland 18 January 2018[14]
Belgium 3 January 2019[citation needed]
India 12 April 2019[15]
Greece 15 May 2019[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Staff. "RARBG". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  2. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (5 April 2020). "Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2020 * Best of TorrentFreak". TorrentFreak.
  3. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (26 April 2019). "US Govt Identifies Top Pirate Sites and Other 'Notorious Markets'". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  4. ^ Van der Sar, Ernersto (3 April 2020). "Bulgaria Plans to Take Down Top Torrent Sites, with U.S. Assistance". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  5. ^ Maxwell, Andy (8 December 2008). "BREIN Chases Another BitTorrent Tracker to Sweden". TorrentFreak.
  6. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (2 April 2014). "Saudi Arabia Government Blocks The Pirate Bay (and More)". TorrentFreak.
  7. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (27 November 2014). "UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With Demonoid, Isohunt, IPTorrents and More". TorrentFreak.
  8. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (27 March 2015). "Popular Torrent and Streaming Sites Blocked in Denmark". TorrentFreak.
  9. ^ https://internet2.btk.gov.tr/sitesorgu/
  10. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (26 October 2015). "Portugal Blocks Popular Torrent and Streaming Sites". TorrentFreak.
  11. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (6 March 2017). "Italy's Pirate Site Blocklist Expands with Flashx, RARBG and Others". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  12. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (18 August 2017). "Court Orders Aussie ISPs to Block Dozens of Pirate Sites". TorrentFreak.
  13. ^ Van der Sar, Ernestp (8 June 2018). "Court Orders Finnish ISPs to Block RARBG and YIFY". TorrentFreak.
  14. ^ O'Faolain, Aodhan (15 January 2018). "Websites infringing TV and film copyright to be blocked". Irish Times.
  15. ^ Maxwell, Maxwell (12 April 2019). "Pirate Bay, RARBG, 1337x & Torrentz2 to be Permanently Blocked in India". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  16. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (5 April 2019). "Greek Pirate Site Blocks to Expand with RARBG, Torrentz2, and Others". TorrentFreak.

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