Hollywood Won’t Get Piracy Profits From Usenet Site, High Court Rules

Newzbin was one of the original Usenet indexing sites and the creator of the .NZB file format, the tool that opened up newsgroup downloading to the masses. Perhaps inevitably, in 2008 the site was eyed by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the MPAA’s big brother. A threatening letter in 2008 developed into a lawsuit and by February 2010 Newzbin had lost their High Court case after being found liable for copyright infringement. The site later reincarnated as Newzbin2 but shut down again recently. However, that didn’t deter Hollywood from trying to squeeze money from its ashes and the pockets of its affiliates. In November 2012 it emerged through information given to TorrentFreak by Newzbin2′s Mr White that the MPA were now suing Newzbin2′s payment processor, a company called Kthxbai Limited. A High Court ruling handed down this week has revealed the extent of that claim…

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Hollywood Won’t Get Piracy Profits From Usenet Site, High Court Rules

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 Net News

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