Piracy issues shuts down NZBMatrix

One of the most popular Usenet indexing services on the internet, NZBMatrix, has shut itself down voluntarily over piracy troubles. According to the site's owners, who published a farewell notice on the site, a huge DMCA takedown request was posted to the site on behalf of a number of entertainment companies including Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. - a request so complex that policing the site's indexing bots would become "an impossible task."

This issue with piracy was also compounded by problems with payment systems, which the owners claim were unstable and constantly pulling out. The costs for the site in the end were huge, and thanks to uncooperative payment providers as well as huge DMCA takedown notices, the site became too hard to manage.

The site ends the statement by indicating that by constantly removing pirated content from its indexes, the indexer becomes irrelevant:

Also the Usenet Indexing scene is going through some changes, with content being removed from pretty much every provider its making the existence of an indexer irrelevant if the content does not even exists anymore.

NZBMatrix was extremely popular in the Usenet community as an easy way to find content, most often pirated, and this shutdown (along with Newzbin2 last month) continues the vicious war by copyright holders to make it harder for people to obtain content for free.

Source: NZBMatrix via: TorrentFreak

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Keywords here... Shutdown and Easy. This is how content providers work around the legality of the system. They make it difficult to run and force them out.

It extends further than the industry making content avaliable in different formats. How about making it avalaible in other countries. In NZ our TV stations have to pay massive fees to get US/Brittish media here. I don't watch TV because it's crap (global issue) but if I could buy a series for say $5 and watch it. I'd be happy. No damn subscriptions that encourage you to watch more to get the most out of your netflix or what ever the service is. I want to get Season X of series Y and watch the goddamn thing wherever, when ever0 I want.

Make your movies and tv shows available to buy online, for a reasonable price. Don't cripple them with DRM or other restrictions. Don't wait and try to force people into the movie theaters to see them first; many people do not like theaters or can't go. Doing these things would both reduce piracy and increase sales.

He looks like the same kind of guys that would hand jews over to the Nazis and say "Hey look at me I'm helping keep things legal!". What a leech.

Hahaiah
He looks like the same kind of guys that would hand jews over to the Nazis and say "Hey look at me I'm helping keep things legal!". What a leech.

Guys like him will make me download more. Repugnant individuals.

In fact I've joined 4 more indexing sites and will download a whole ton of stuff that I don't even want </s>

Interesting, first Newzbin2 closed shop last week and now nzbmatrix. Looks like merlins-portal & nzbsrus are down too, both websites are unreachable .

I've always hated news group sharing systems and this story reminds me of XP being taken away topics.. like with those i could jump in this story and be a jerk and say screw em good riddance.. but its crappy to see any kind of file sharing taken down etc. especially for reasons like this. So just like XP it has my respect and support, not for me really but for everyone else that wants to use it like nzb's.

edit:
i mentioned this because NZB related stories are usally bait for people to bash on them. kinda like torrents how there are guys who always post.. "people still use torrents ?" lol
And i support file sharing.
Just how i support all versions of windows. some i like more than others but for example i wouldn't call to have win 8 removed from the net because i don't like it..
Having options is a nice luxury !

You would think they would learn after the negative financial impact recently observed due to the shutdown of MegaUpload (among others). It's not that people want to pirate everything, it's that the available means don't match what is desired. I personally dislike movie theaters so much that I'll wait for a movie to come to BluRay or On Demand before seeing it. The entertainment industry needs to change. The old model isn't cutting it any more. They can keep chasing the endless methods of piracy or change and adapt to get with the times.

Tim Dawg said,
I personally dislike movie theaters so much that I'll wait for a movie to come to BluRay or On Demand before seeing it.

Just curious, what makes you dislike movie theaters so much?

:: Lyon :: said,

Just curious, what makes you dislike movie theaters so much?

i hate them because i get headaches and sore eyes and i cant see after the movie

:: Lyon :: said,

Just curious, what makes you dislike movie theaters so much?

I can't answer for him, and I understand some people like the theater experience, but it is so archaic; I don't understand why people go. In the early 1900s, it was the only way to see a movie, but now, eh..

Pay ridiculous amounts of money for tickets and food, to sit in a theater with uncomfortable seats, surrounded by people (most of the times obnoxious in some way), without the ability to pause to go to the bathroom/smoke break/grab a drink.

Vs.

Pay once for a movie, and $3 for a box of 6 packs of popcorn, and use your microwave, then sit on your comfy couch to enjoy a movie free of obnoxious people on your big screen HDTV, with the ability to pause for a bathroom break, or smoke break, or whatever. Also with the ability to get up and get a beer/have a smoke/do what you please without worry.

I'll take the latter.

Exactly, much of Europe have to wait quite possibly years for TV Shows to air on TV and then you have to deal with commercials and the usual trouble of figuring out what channels will air what and when.

It might be on Netflix but that's unlikely, specially any time when it's new, Netflix also isn't available everywhere. iTunes isn't an option either, they don't have TV Shows in more than a few European countries.

Meanwhile you can pirate just about any TV Show the day after it aired in the US, I'm sure there are plenty of people who pirate TV Shows who would gladly pay for them through services like Netflix or iTunes but aren't given the option.

:: Lyon :: said,

Just curious, what makes you dislike movie theaters so much?

I dislike going to theaters for the following reasons:

1.) Long lines to get in for new releases (just to end up sitting in the very front)
2.) People bringing babies or crying children to R rated movies, then not removing them from the theater when they start screaming/crying
3.) The cost. In california, it's around 11$ or more for a ticket, plus 8$+ for popcorn and a drink. It costs as much as a bluray disc to see a movie now, more if you want 3D+IMAX.

4.) The people. Theres a lot of a-holes that go to movies, bringing laser pointers and pointing them at the screen, playing with cell phones during the movie, etc. Movie theaters should install cell jammers in each theater.

nekkidtruth said,
Two sites in two weeks. Interesting...I await the next generation of pirating.

Next generation? Meh. Move your servers to Russia, there's your next gen. MAFIAA can go suck on a black ...* as far as they care.

* - Insert imagination to fill the spot.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Next generation? Meh. Move your servers to Russia, there's your next gen. MAFIAA can go suck on a black ...* as far as they care.

* - Insert imagination to fill the spot.

I think you're underestimating things. The NEXT generation of piracy will likely involve a lot of encryption in a completely decentralised framework. Think tor, where there's already plenty of highly illegal content and services.

I don't buy movies no more period -I watch them in theater one time and then its either HBO or Starz after a netflix rental that's all the funding they will get out of me.

sava700 said,
I don't buy movies no more period -I watch them in theater one time and then its either HBO or Starz after a netflix rental that's all the funding they will get out of me.

lol really ?
ya you sure show them lol

I am Not PCyr said,

lol really ?
ya you sure show them lol

well why not? I mean I already sub to satellite TV for my sports viewing may as well get a few movie channels way cheaper than purchasing the DVD/Blu-Ray in the store for a one time viewing. So yeah I showed them alright...ever think of why netflix won't let you watch the movie soon as it goes on sale...they want SALES first that's why!

sava700 said,

they want SALES first that's why!

Not always... If they really wanted peoples money they'd be more open with licensing. I still can't buy TV Shows on iTunes and Netflix which was recently launch as a pretty poor selection with the latest movies being from the time of Iron Man and Batman Begins and TV Shows lacking seasons or episodes if they even exist on there (for example, no big bang theory at all, Dexter is there but lacking season 5 and 6 as well as the current one, Chuck only have the first 3 seasons and that show ended years ago).