Mysterious world of "The Scene"

Posted by TEAM FILEnetworks | 8/11/2007 | | 14 Comments »

We hope that this article will provide answers to one of the most commonly asked questions through our e-mail; "Where do pirated stuff come from?" But be warned- this will be a long post.

Movies, games appz, e-books and music that can be found on the internet are not uploaded by the publishers themselves so you lazy asses can download them with a click; no it aint that easy. Most of the pirated stuff that circulates the web comes from "The Scene".

What is it?

The scene (also known as the warez scene) is a clandestine worldwide network where people trade pirated goods, like dvds, movies, games, applications etc. Warez refers primarily to copyrighted material traded in violation of its copyright license. It does not refer to commercial for-profit software counterfeiting.

Releases and Releasegroups

First, warez is released by releasegroups, groups which are specialized in publishing warez. They copy a dvd or break the security of a game, and will make it available for other people, as a so-called release. When these releasegroups finish a release it will be uploaded to topsites. These sites are very fast private ftp-servers, and the first stadium in the distribution of a release (getting access to one of the topsites is not easy if you are not a cracker yourself). The speed of this worldwide network is enormous. Within minutes a release can be copied to hundreds of other sites. Within an hour, it's available on thousands of sites and fxp boards. Within a day or two it's available on newsgroups, irc and in the end, on p2p-software.


There are release groups that specialize themselves in certain categories within the scene.

Crackers (Reverse Engineers)

The part of The Scene community that specializes in the creation of software known as cracks and keygens.

Notable appz release groups:

CORE (Challenge of Reverse Engineering), PC (Phrozen Crew), uCF (uNITED cRACKING fORCE), ViRiLiTY, AGAiN, AG (Another Group), DVT, TNT (The Nova Team), ECHOS, iMMERSiON, iSO, H2O, LND (Legends Never Die), PANTHEON, Rise, RBS (Rebels), TBE (The Bitter End), TDA (The Devine Alcoholics), W3D (Warez3D), XiSO, ZWTiSO (Zero Waiting Time ISO)

Games/Console games

The part of The Scene community that specializes in releasing PC and Console games.

Notable Gamez release groups:



The part of The Scene community that specializes in releasing pirated music in MP3 format

Notable Mp3 release groups:

1KING, aPC (aPOCALYPSE pRODUCTION cREW), BPM (Beats Per Minute), DDS, DJ (DeeJay), DOH, FMC (Fresh Music Cartel), SQ (Swiss Quality), 4CHOON, HSALiVE, MOD (Musical Over Dose), MUSiQ


The part of The Scene community that specializes in releasing pirated movies/movies rips.

Notable Movie release groups:

ALLiANCE, Centropy, FLAiR, PoT (Pirates of the Theatre), VALiOMEDiA, VideoCD, SCREAM (Sexy Cool Rightful Evil Angry Mobsters), WastedTime, MEDiAMANiACS, LiNE, DONE, DiAMOND, PROMiSE, VOMiT, FiCO, iNCiTE, CFE, CHAKRA, HAFVCD, ViTE, PUKKA, mVs (maVenSupplier), pFa, qNs, BestDiVX, FLAiTE, UNiVERSAL


The part of The Scene community that specializes in releasing rips of television shows.

Notable TV release groups:

ANiVCD, BAMHD (Bad Ass Mutha Hi Def), FoV (Future of Vision), LoKI, LOL, MiNT, MiRAGETV, ORENJi, SFM (Sci-Fi Maniacs), TCM, XOR


The part of The Scene community that specializes in the creation of digital graphical art in text format.


The part of The Scene community that specializes in the creation of so-called Demos. These are computer programs which bundle together sophisticated code which produces esthetic art in the form of animated graphics with music.


The part of The Scene community that specializes in releasing pirated e-books


The part of The Scene community that specializes in the underground distribution of warez software.

Notable distribution groups:

AOD (Angels on Drugs), RTS (Request To Send), Motiv8, RiSC (Rise in Superior Couriering), SWAT (Special Warez Acquisition Team), UPS (United Piracy Service), STE (Super Trade Encounters)

General Scene guidelines

  • Open - Anyone with enough technical or artistic skill can be a member of The Scene
  • Free - All content offered on the Scene must be free of charge and non-profit and art is generally reusable with permission
  • Groups - Individuals who make up the Scene may be members of one or many groups the point of which being that the promotion of work is unified; work published under one group name typically cannot be resubmitted under another
  • No Ripping! - It is unacceptable for a group or individual to take another group or individual's work and republish it as its own without explicit permission being given! Rippers are usually banned on sight.
  • Credit - Any sort of recode, rework, edit, manipulation or remix must also credit the author of the original, permission from the original author to publish the remix is also a good thing to get somewhere along the line
  • Respect - Skill is the only thing by which people are measured on the Scene; if you are sufficiently skilled you can get into any group you wish
  • Competition - Groups that form The Scene compete amongst each other, each wanting to prove they are better coders / artists than the other.

Well that should have given you a basic idea on what the scene is and obviously answered the question "Where do pirated stuff come from?" There may be points we missed and groups we failed to mention so if you found any flaws plz mail to or post as comments.

Stay with FILEnetworks for the latest information on Scene and Non Scene releases!



  1. Vishkid // 8/13/2007 08:41:00 AM  

    Wow ... that's a great description.
    Thanks guys for everything!


  2. Unknown // 8/13/2007 04:44:00 PM  

    Great work guys...! looks much better like this than it does on where you copy & pasted this from.

    And is that a t-shirt design? Priceless.

  3. Unknown // 8/13/2007 07:55:00 PM  

    welcome back JL.

    Btw did you notice some info we have here are not in the site you mentioned?

  4. Unknown // 8/13/2007 08:43:00 PM  

    Yes, the Wikipedia Article. I was hoping you'd bring that up since that's much more embarrassing... for you.

    And my name is Purple... just in case you can't read, Bitch.

  5. Unknown // 8/13/2007 10:26:00 PM  

    omg we are soo busted man.
    /me cries.

  6. sighcographics // 8/14/2007 01:04:00 AM  

    I find it amusing that you "pirated" one of our images to illustrate an article about piracy. I don't mind that you are using my image, but please be so kind as to credit our site Thanks!

  7. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 8/14/2007 10:55:00 AM  

    nice work with the fake sighcographics account mate.

  8. sighcographics // 8/14/2007 11:35:00 AM  

    Hi lightning_struck_tower,
    I am indeed one half of Sigh Co. Graphics and if you take a look at where that graphic is hosted, it's the Sigh Co. Graphics website. I'm not trying to get uppity, it's just good netiquette to credit your sources. (and I did actually find it amusing)

    The only reason I saw this blog is that someone filed a customer support form and pointed it out to me. Hence the newly created account.

  9. TEAM FILEnetworks // 8/14/2007 12:07:00 PM  

    We've removed the image in question.

    Sorry we are not in a position to cite the source because if we did so it would cause great injustice to the several hundreds of others whose work we stole without citing their names (we really are arseholes arent we?). Therefore the image has been replaced.

    Hope this solves your problem.

    P.S.- Your image comes in the first page of a google image search for keyword "piracy". That's how we got hold of it if you were curious.

  10. sighcographics // 8/15/2007 12:31:00 AM  

    Fair enough. Cheers.

  11. Sergey // 8/26/2007 02:08:00 PM  

    u forgot bout aXXo

  12. Lightning_Struck_Tower // 8/28/2007 10:45:00 AM  

    Thanks for the input. But aXXo is not part of the scene. His main release medium is P2P. In fact there have been many arguments about him re encoding scene releases and uploading to P2P sites. But this has not been proven and in fact most aXXo movies have higher quality than scene released version. This may be because he (or she) rips the retail DVD rather than R5 and DVDSCRS.

  13. Anonymous // 3/16/2008 01:11:00 PM  

    RCD was founded in late 2006
    This group consists of hard working people.Who provide you with the highest quality rips in all CDS


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