MAFIAA BRUISER BREIN has won a battle against News Service, forcing Europe's largest Usenet provider to shut up shop.
News Service, which resells Usenet services to a number of other providers, had been mired in a two year legal battle against Dutch 'anti-piracy' outfit BREIN, which represents the movie and music industries. News Service requested a Dutch court to allow it to continue operations while it appealed a previous decision, however the request was denied, leaving the Usenet provider no choice but to shut down.
BREIN ordered News Service to remove all content that infringed copyright, however given the breadth of content available on Usenet, it was not surprising that News Service replied saying it couldn't comply.
News Service issued a statement saying, "Unfortunately, News-Service.com sees no way of complying with the Court's verdict. As a consequence, on 28 October, we started interlocutory proceedings and asked the summary Judge to order Brein to cease the execution of the verdict. We have learned today that the summary Judge has denied our claims. This means that we are forced to cease our operations with immediate effect."
While News Service is shutting down, the firm said it would continue to appeal the court's decision, though that action seems rather pointless now.
The MAFIAA has been going after Bittorrent tracker web sites for years, however this is the first win against a major Usenet provider and could spell the beginning of the end for Usenet as a content dissemination service. Usenet's binary newsgroups are well known for carrying the latest content even before it appears on popular Bittorrent trackers.
With News Service being forced to shut down, the MAFIAA's crosshairs might be placed on other major Usenet providers such as Astraweb and Giganews. µ