As I discussed earlier in BREIN kills usenet post the Dutch organization BREIN representing the movie and music industries sued News-Service.com (one of the leading Usenet provider) to the Amsterdam court. BREIN won. Nov. 4 News-Service.com has terminated its services with immediate effect. The shutdown is the direct outcome of a two-year battle with Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN:
On 28 September 2011, the District Court of Amsterdam reached a verdict in the procedure on the merits of the case that Stichting Brein had brought against News-Service.com. The Court has ruled that News- Service.com is to cease ‘recording and offering material protected by copyright and neighbouring rights’ on pain of period penalty payment.
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.
However, for reasons of principle, News-Service.com will not accept the verdict and has lodged an appeal.
We would like to thank all relations of News-Service.com for the pleasant working relationship and the trust they have placed in us during the past 15 years.
Patrick Schreurs and Wierd Bonthuis
News-Service.com will not accept the verdict and has lodged an appeal. We’ll see what will be the effect of the appeal. Waiting for information, what happens with providers who resell News-Service.com services. It is also interesting who will be next target.