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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MPA forces Newzbin Shut Down

MPA forces Newzbin Shut Down

MPA forces Newzbin Shut Down

Added: Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Newzbin, one of the most popular UK’s Usenet indexing websites, has lost a copyright infringement case to the MPA a couple months ago and now owes it over £230,000 as interim costs. However, final damages and costs still wait their turn to be heard. Besides, Newzbin has got an allegation from a software development group worth £500,000.


British Usenet indexing service Newzbin has finally decided to shut down, maybe for good. This came due to the website’s court loss this past March to the Motion Picture Association, which is something like an international version of the well-known Motion Picture Association of America. On that court case Newzbin was held liable of copyright violation.

A post on the website informs visitors that unfortunately the Newzbin service had to shut down because of losing the legal action against them.

As the reports say, Newzbin owes around £230,000 only in interim costs, while entire costs decision or a damages injunction hasn’t come yet. Moreover, the Usenet indexing service not only allegedly owes to MPA, but to a software development company as well, and the second figure is more than £500,000.

One of the blog posts related to the site informs that Newzbin has apparently been put into administration recently as a result of its inability to pay all debts. One has to admit that the decision against the website this March was quite a tenuous, provided that copyrighted content was never hosted directly on the Newzbin, and even the MPA agrees to admit this fact. But it pointed out that Newzbin provided links to illegal copies of copyright content that included movies, TV shows, commercial applications like games and lots of other unauthorized material. Since Newzbin charged a subscriber fee each month for allowing to use indexing services, it has undoubtedly built a profitable but illegal business violating the copyright law. That is the point where it becomes difficult to support Newzbin knowing that according to reports it used to turn over £1 million by exploiting the works of others.

The question is whether the site will die or live on but in some other form? The same blog message says Newzbin’s users pressed it to opensource the code. The site was reported to refuse them, but there are still the rumors that their servers have been hacked and the code has been grabbed as well as some databases. So it will be quite predictable to watch Newzbin clones appearing, because the same happened a few years ago with Oink.cd

May 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-05-23 14:24:17)
ic3m4l3 avatarwounded

posted by Site Friend (2010-05-23 15:30:16)
magiccrack avatarnot so good but cheers for the article SaM

posted by Blocked (2010-05-23 19:06:02)
No avatarno

posted by Blocked (2010-05-24 07:29:04)
menahunie avatarHave I missed something here?
All they have is "links"; no software or "files".
Yet they are found giulty?
Doesn't the internet search engine do the very same thing? Google, and other - even to copyrighted files....

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