|Launch date||23 July 2015|
yiff.party is a web scraper website that uses bots to crawl various different Patreon campaigns, mainly those of furry content creators. The unauthorizedly scraped content is then published for anyone to view for free.
Because of the large scale art piracy that yiff.party engages in, it has led the site to become controversial and often criticized by creators and patrons alike.
yiff.party was created in July 2015 by an anonymous 8chan user on its "/furry/" board, in response to the growing number of Patreon creators using the platform as a paywall by forcing their fans to pay in order to view their newest works.
During the first few months of the site, it gained the attention of many well-known creators such as Kayla-Na, Zeta-Haru, and Zonkpunch, who, among others, submitted takedown requests to the site. These requests were then posted publicly by yiff.party, but removed several months later.
At first, yiff.party was accessible by anyone simply by going to the site, but due to increasing pressure from its hosting providers and creators who were being scraped on the site, access was restricted exclusively to 8chan users by using a special authorization URL that checks the browser's referrer to limit access from outside of 8chan.
In 2016, Patreon introduced a "charge upfront" feature for creators, which allows creators who have been registered for more than a month to charge new patrons upfront for access to content, as opposed to making access instantly available and making the first charge on the following month. Creators who enabled this feature were immune to yiff.party's scraping bots, until April 2017, when yiff.party implemented a "post importer", allowing users who are pledged to a creator on Patreon to import the posts they have access to, effectively bypassing the charge upfront restriction.
In 2017, yiff.party introduced an account registration system, which allows users who do not use 8chan to access yiff.party. However, in an effort to prevent leeching from outside users, accounts are only given to those who promise to contribute to the site by using its post importer.
- Our Stance on Yiff Party. Retrieved on 25 July 2017.