Usenet appears to be the MPAA’s next target. Not good.
The MPAA has told Newzbin, a popular Usenet indexing service and creator of the NZB file format, that it’s hosting copyright-infringing material, material that needs to be removed post-haste. Never mind that NZB files themselves aren’t copyright-infringing (though I doubt the courts would make that distinction), but such is the world we live in.
By the looks of it, Newzbin seems to be complying with the MPAA’s demands. It made a statement saying it doesn’t “condone” the posting of copyright-infringing material, and has hinted that it will remove such material and ban offending accounts.
A few months ago, the RIAA targeted a prominent Usenet provider, so going after enablers like Newzbin was the next logical step.
My advice? Leech off Usenet while you stile can.