Newzbin2 Piracy website Newzbin2 shuts down

Infamous piracy website Newzbin2 has closed down, just over a year after UK internet service providers implemented a court-ordered block on it.

Infamous piracy website Newzbin2 has closed down, just over a year after UK internet service providers implemented a court-ordered block on it.

 
The service, which offers links to copyrighted content, was designed to be “a viable underground commercial venture,” according to its owners, but payment providers have backed away from it, leading to it being unable to cover its costs.
 
The original Newzbin was targeted with lawsuits and closed down, but a new version quickly launched to replace it, operated by a different group of people, who claimed that they were not endorsing piracy and would agree to take down any copyrighted material if requested.
 
newzbin website Piracy website Newzbin2 shuts down
 
Instead of another attempt to close down the renewed service, the film and music industries succeeded in getting a ban against the website for internet users in the UK. A variety of ways to circumvent the ban became available, but many people moved elsewhere, and only a fraction of those remaining used the Newzbin2 subscription service.
 
To make matters worse for the website payment providers decided to no longer support it, and its owners found that the digital Bitcoin currency was too difficult for the majority of users to work with. It seems then that efforts to remove it from the map were successful.
 
The closure was welcomed by the Creative Coalition Campaign, which represents the film and music industries. The Open Rights Group, while supporting pursuance of copyright infringement, criticised censorship and block orders as “unnecessary” and “a dangerous practice.”
 
Source: BBC