December 9, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
posted by TomMelee (50 comments total)
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Long-time favorite usenet indexing site NzbMatrix
has closed its site as part of a recent sweep of DMCA related takedowns on similar sites. Other recent shutdowns include Newzbin, Newzbin2, and NZBsRUS.
While primarily a blow to people making use of such software as Sickbeard
, and Sabnzbd+
to automate their media downloads, the indexing sites provided a quick, user-friendly way to find media.
NZBmatrix and similar sites make use of the .nzb format
, originally associated with the site Newzbin (defunct)to automatically associate all individual postings required to make a complete file. Newsgroup posting are historically broken into dozens-to-hundreds of individual files, often only 1.44Mb each, from back in the days when portable storage was limited to what could be found on a HD Floppy disk.
Some usenet users have always felt the sites presented a danger to the usenet community at large, simply because their ease of use attracted "n00bs" to the service and made it easy for copyright holders to issue DMCA takedowns for illicit media.
Other indexing sites exist, and enterprising users can take it upon themselves to host their own indexes via LAMP-based software like Newznab.
Initial reports indicate that the Morganelli group
may have played a role in the takedown, however theirtwitter feed says differently.
That same twitter feed is currently being subjected to much hate from users of the offending websites. The Morganelli Group exists to aid copyright holders by monitoring "pirate" networks for copyrighted media and then disabling the files as soon as possible.