POPULAR INTERNET DESTINATION NZBMatrix has closed down, citing 'anti-piracy' forces as the cause of its demise.
Usenet indexer NZBMatrix closed down just weeks after Newzbin2 quietly shut its doors. Like that website NZBMatrix says that it was pulled down by the 'anti-piracy' copyright cartels and takedown requests.
"We have had to make this decision due to a very large takedown request from a company called Wiggin LLC," it said
Wiggin is working on behalf of a number of firms. Its website says that it refers to requests from the Federation Against Copyright Theft Limited (FACT), Paramount Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Limited, The Walt Disney Company Limited, Twentieth Century Fox Film Company Limited, Universal Pictures (UK) Limited and Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Limited.
NZBMatrix said that it always complied with takedown requests, just as Newzbin2 said it did. It said that it was fighting a losing battle and has faced challenge after challenge, despite never having been the subject of any direct legal issues or threats.
"As everyone is aware we are DMCA/Takedown notice compliant, and always have been. Once this notice is completed we are left with an impossible task of policing our indexing bots. Even then it won't stop there, there will be follow-up notices etc," it said in its signoff message.
"Coupled with this is problems with payment providers, we have been through pretty much everyone out there, in the end they all pull out. There are massive server/bandwidth costs to pay, with the payments in-stability this is a very hard task... So it's time for us to bow out." µ