Thursday, 10 November 2011

Usenet provider closes after court order

Europe's largest Usenet provider News Service has closed after a two year court battle with Dutch rights holders BREIN, who represent the music and movie industries.

BREIN brought a case in front of the Dutch courts requesting that all copyrighted (i.e. pirated) content be deleted from the firm's servers and the Court of Amsterdam agreed with them 6 weeks ago, leading to the unavoidable decision that News Service had to close its services down.

They're not going down without a fight though with the company saying in a statement:
"For reasons of principle, will not accept the verdict and has lodged an appeal."
The ruling is expected to have other Usenet providers take their content 'off shore' in one way or another, the most likely route being their moving of servers outside of Dutch jurisdiction.