Newzbin is no more after losing a battle with the courts. They have now been put into administration because they couldn’t pay their debts. I always said the subscription to the site was too low. It was ridiculously low (as in £2 for 8 weeks worth of downloads).

Word is that they owe the Motion Picture Association (MPA) £230,000 just in interim costs, and that’s without a full costs ruling or a decision on damages. Apparently they also owe a software development house over £500k. 🙁

Newzbin is one of the original Usenet indexing sites and the creator of the immensely-popular .NZB format, which opened up simplified Usenet downloading to the masses.

While the major BitTorrent sites were in Hollywood’s spotlights as the major source of copyright infringement, Usenet sites such as Newzbin remained untouched.

This changed, however, when the MPA, the MPAA’s big brother, sent a threatening letter to the site’s operators in 2008.

This letter was followed by an official announcement of a lawsuit against the Usenet indexer early 2009. The case eventually went to the High Court in February of this year where Newzbin was found liable for copyright infringement.

Let’s hope a clone site can open in it’s place soon else websites such a Giganews and Grabit will suffer as a result.

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Mike

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2 Responses

  1. blank timTX says:

    Newzbin is died but homie.in (http://www.homie.in) is still alive!

  2. blank Mike says:

    Indeed, and thanks for the link. In a way I guess someone big had to fall to allow all these other NZB websites to appear. I read last night that Newzbin was by no ways the best NewsGroup Website (quite a surprise to me), but it had a massive following, was easy to navigate around, had a great layout, and a great team working behind the site to keep it running well. That is what I will miss.

    But it’s impossible to keep such a thing down, and sites like http://www.homie.in now have a great opportunity to shine.

    Does anyone else know of other such sites that you recommend.

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