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BREIN Closed Down 11 Usenet Forums

BREIN Closed Down 11 Usenet Forums

Added: Friday, February 25th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN used the earlier ruling related to Usenet forum FTD to press other forums. The court decision in question demanded FTD to remove links to copyrighted content,and the outfit believes other Usenet forums must do that as well.

After BREIN had successfully convinced a local court to force one of the Usenet forums to either delete all links to .nzb files or face penalties, it started going after other forums. As a result, eleven of them have closed down so far.

It was just a couple weeks ago that the Court of Haarlem handed out a decision that Usenet forum FTD has to delete all links to illegal files represented by anti-P2P group BREIN within 30 days. Otherwise, the site would have to pay a fine of $20,000 a day, all way up to a maximum of $400,000.

The court decided that the website facilitates and encourages the unauthorized uploading. It also found that the site itself profits from this activity, while causing serious damage to copyrighted property of the rights holders affiliated with BREIN.

After having got this ruling, BREIN started warning similar Usenet forums to close down or face the same decision in court. Up to this date, eleven forums accounting for more than 900,000 users altogether have chosen to cease their activities.

The main idea BREIN advocates is that almost million users would seek for alternatives. The director of the anti-piracy outfit, Tim Kuik, believes that they may turn to legal services, but not until there’re easy illegal choices. The services loudly insisting they provide content for free can’t be compared with services like Spotify, which offers 20 hours of free music streaming each month. In other words, users see unauthorized services more attractive, thus refusing to pay any money to the copyright owners.

BREIN actually used the same argument towards website operators who illegally profit from the advertisement on the website. However, the organization conveniently forgets that the websites usually cost money to run, which has to come from somewhere.

Meanwhile, Tim Kuik believes that illegal competition hinders the ability of new legal alternatives to appear, grow, and develop.

However, industry observers seriously doubt that it’s the case. In fact, when it comes to films, copyright holders largely refuse to offer consumers any viable legal alternatives, largely due to the fear of undermining present material distribution systems, such as DVDs or cable TV providers.

February 25th,2011

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Date:  Friday, February 25th, 2011

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posted by (2011-02-25 21:12:17)
hornigold avatarBrein is going to be questioned in our (not sure how you call it in English) Lower House, because they have done things that are against the law. They took the servers with them from Swan without a court order. If you understand any Dutch, feel free to read this article: http://www.kill-brein.com/?p=198#more-198

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