What does “INTERNAL” mean?

Posted on July 16, 2008. Filed under: Definitions | Tags: |

“INTERNAL” is a scene tag. It is applied to a release for several reasons. An INTERNAL release is not allowed to be posted outside the groups affiliated sites, without the prior permission of that site’s operators.

Classic DVD groups do a lot of INTERNAL releases, as they wont be dupe’d on it. Also lower quality theater rips are done INTERNAL so as not to lower the reputation of the group, or due to the amount of rips done already. Some INTERNAL releases still trickle down to IRC/Newsgroups/Torrent Sites, it usually depends on the title and the popularity.

When a release group is said to go “internal”, it means the group are only releasing the movies to their members and site ops. This is in a different context to the usual definition.

Torrent sites or other communities may create “Internal” collections of files, or non-scene releases, such as unusual requests by users. These sites may also create “packs” of scene releases, such as several films from a series, and release it as “internal”.

Not all internal releases will get pred. They won’t always even be tagged int. This means they do not always show up in predbs.

│ due to recent events (see our promo CDSs of the Mary J f/ 50 track as well as the │
│ keith murray & erick sermon track), namely the nukes of the 2 previously │
│ mentioned rlses, we have decided that all our promo cds rips will now be │
│ internal…as some of you may have noticed we havent pred any in a while now… │
│ all of them are now internal…if you’re an op and would like these FOR YOUR │
│ OWN PERSONAL LISTENING PLEASURE then contact an 0mni member, if u cant find 1 │
│ then too bad…note: regardless of the “begging” (yes, our friends have asked for │
│ copies of these) these singles WILL NOT BE PRED…so ops feel free to contact us │

source: Beyonce-Summertime_(Promo_CDS)-READ_NFO.2003-0MNi (2003)

Ohh you tellin me next time we got an exclusive like this in WMA
We should pre it INTERNAL for our AFFILS only ?
LMFAO you bitches still downloadin the shit and collectin it anyways
Yall be honest about it muhahahhaah

source: Nate_Dogg-Nate_Dogg-((NUKERS_READ))-2005-VINYL (2005)

For Internal Distribution Only

Dope compilation of Crestside Vallejo… Requested by Ruzy.

source: VA-Constant_Drama-1998-RNS (2000)


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10 Responses to “What does “INTERNAL” mean?”

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Thank you. And I don’t see in the scenerelease.nfo how it is supposed to be used correctly. I’ve seen it used in different parts of the name.
as well as completely by

I’m sure there must be rule about this… anybody know please,?


In these cases it may be that the “group name” related to a tracker. Trackers usually frown on advertising other trackers so the group tags get removed.

Yeah, it does seem that there’s no standard way of ordering tags in scene releases..

I can’t see anything in the Scene Rules about it, anyway.

With tags like INTERNAL and LIMITED and stuff, there seems to be no pattern, as you’ve shown. However, i guess it’s unspoken convention to use the 720p.BluRay.x264 combination, in that order, because that’s how I always see it.

Would be interested to know if anyone can find this mentioned in the rules for a scene other than highdefinition…

Its a good idea to use iNTERNAL, PROPER, LiMiTED tags before DVDRip tag and after year tag. Here is an example;


also its ok to use iNT instead of full word.


Hope this helps :)

Sometimes internal is used when there are issues with the rip. An example:

“missing a few seconds due to bad weather, blame God!”

Why do I frequently see posted torrents, the same video, posted at the same time, to the same site, one only 10MB (or approx) different in size? Recent example had a 4 Kbps difference and the INTERNAL was the slightly larger.nfo was identical. INTERNAL was 2 seconds longer. — What is/was the point of that occurrence and those similar??

“nfo was identical”
That seems strange. Can you actually give the release names of your example?

I found these recent ones, but they have info in their nfos:

RELEASE NOTES: Poor Compressibility.
SIZE………: 2137MB

RELEASE NOTES: 2Pass Compression.
SIZE………: 1119MB

The regular release must use CRF. The rules dictate:

│ – As a general suggestion, average video bitrate in excess of 5000kb/s │
│ is a sign that a higher CRF value should be chosen, when possible │

CRF values below 18 and above 23 are never permitted. │

They probably did the internal to have a much smaller release for archiving purposes.

This site sticks

“If you have no intentions of following the rules though and are doing a release for a specific set of people you can just slap an “iNTERNAL” in the file name which means it was meant for just the group and distributing it is purely done because you want to and not for credit.”

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