Slyck.com

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Logo.
Type of site
News site with articles about P2P networking and Filesharing
Available in English
Owner Tom Mennecke
Created by Tom Mennecke, Ray Hoffmann, Nick Parr, Drew Wilson, et al
Website slyck.com
Registration Optional (to post on forum)
Launched August 10, 2001[1]

Slyck.com is a website once dedicated to file sharing, updating the public on file sharing news, presenting reviews of file sharing software and opinion on file sharing, and interviewing the developers of file sharing software. At present, Slyck.com links to news articles on other websites, posted by members, and has a user forum.

History[edit]

Slyck.com began operations as Slyway.com in 2000, owned by Ray Hoffman.[2] At this time, it was an aggregate news site with some original content. It also had guides to the most popular file-sharing resources at the time. These included Napster, iMesh, Scour, Usenet and IRC. Slyway.com began posting original news articles, which became a notable feature of the site because there were very few other sources of news on P2P and filesharing development, and would become one of the first sites dedicated to P2P and file-sharing with original news.

A year after Slyway.com opened, it was renamed Slyck.com, developing a notable presence on the internet. New Scientist cited it as a "popular file sharing news site",[3] Digital Audio Essentials (2004) referred to Slyck.com as "an excellent resource"[4] for news and information on file sharing, and in Steal This Computer Book 4.0 the site was considered to be "up to date on the latest filesharing technology and news."[5]

Slyck.com, being a major source of P2P news, was able to interview people involved in P2P software development, such as Michael Weiss of StreamCast,[6] Nir Arbel of SoulSeek, and [7] Pablo Soto of Optisoft S.L[8] and Kevin Hearn[9][10] of WinMX.

Slyck also interviewed people involved in circumvention of copyright protection on media, which allowed for a greater freedom to share copyrighted material. Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) was interviewed,[11] having been involved in decoding the CSS encryption found on DVDs and releasing the DeCSS software that allowed for DVDs to be played on the Linux Operating System and duplicated. Muslix64,[12] the hacker who first circumvented the AACS protection scheme for HD DVD and Blu-ray discs, discussed his reasons for the circumvention of the DRM found on Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs.[13][14][15] The circumvention of DRM allowed films to be shared on public P2P platforms.

Dean Garfield, then the head of the MPAA's legal team, was interviewed by Nicholas Parr, a writer for Slyck, in 2005, to give the entertainment industry's view on P2P and copyright law, and their response to P2P and copyright contravention.[16]

In March 2010, Slyck.com was threatened with legal action[17] by the controversial[18][19] UK law firm ACS:Law for defamation, due to comments made by forum users on Slyck.com's UK Filesharing Allegations/Lawsuit Discussion sub-forum.[20] Nothing came of the threatened legal action.

Current status[edit]

Slyck.com no longer contributes significantly to filesharing news, with the last post on filesharing news dated 16 June 2016.[21] It is now an aggregate news website, with its past news articles available to read. This is due in part to the retirement of owner and writer Thomas Mennecke from writing new articles,[22] which contributed to the decline in activity of users of the website.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slyck.com Whois record. godaddy.com. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  2. ^ "Slyck 2.0" Slyck forum, April 5, 2006.
  3. ^ "Movie file-sharing hubs poised to decentralise". Will Knight, NewScientist.com, December 22, 2004.
  4. ^ Digital Audio Essentials. Bruce Fries and Marty Fries, O'Reilly Media, 2005. p 94. ISBN 978-0-596-00856-7. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  5. ^ Steal This Computer Book 4.0. Wallace Wang, No Starch Press, 2006. p 165. ISBN 978-1-59327-105-3. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  6. ^ "Interview with the CEO of StreamCast Networks". Slyck News, August 16, 2003.
  7. ^ "SoulSeek Interview", Thomas Mennecke, Slyck News, December 26, 2003.
  8. ^ "Interview with Pablo Soto of the Manolito P2P Network", Thomas Mennecke, Slyck News, February 17, 2004
  9. ^ "WinMX Interview". Thomas Mennecke, Slyck News, December 25, 2003.
  10. ^ "The Future of WinMX" Thomas Mennecke, MP3newswire.net, January 27, 2003.
  11. ^ Slyck.com Interviews Jon Lech Johansen. Thomas Mennecke, Slyck News, April 4, 2005.
  12. ^ "Interview with muslix64, Developer of BackupHDDVD". Slyck.com, January 24, 2007
  13. ^ "Hi-def DVD security is bypassed". BBC News, January 26, 2007.
  14. ^ "Why One Angry Customer Broke AACS". Derek Slater, Electronic Frontier Foundation, January 26, 2007.
  15. ^ "Hacker Opens Crack In High-Def Movie DRM - HD movie player format cracked". Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek, January 26, 2007.
  16. ^ "Slyck Interviews the MPAA". Nicholas Parr, Slyck.com, December 22, 2005.
  17. ^ "Wank Plan Goes Wrong ACS:Law Threatens Slyck.com With a Lawsuit". Thomas Mennecke, Slyck News, March 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  18. ^ Piracy letter campaign 'nets innocents' BBC News, January 26, 2010.
  19. ^ Major law firm drops filesharing threats - Staff continue 'bullying' at smaller outfit Chris Williams, The Register, May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  20. ^ "UK Filesharing Allegations/Lawsuit Discussion Sub Forum". Slyck Forum.
  21. ^ "Hacker Posts over 51 Million iMesh User Accounts for Sale on the Dark Web", Amanda Marie, Slyck News, June 16, 2016. Retrieved 2017-07-16
  22. ^ "Tom Mennecke gives update on Slyck.com". Slyck.com Forum Post

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