Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×
Piracy The Internet

Dutch Usenet Provider Ordered To Remove Infringing Content 109

dutchwhizzman writes "Amsterdam-based Usenet wholesale provider News Service Europe has been mandated by a court to remove all copyright-infringing content on their servers, or face severe financial penalties. Dutch copyright organization BREIN has won a court case making the Usenet provider responsible for the content posted on platforms other than their own. Could this be the end of Usenet as we know it, or will an appeal be won by NSE? Why didn't the judge make the provider that allowed the posts responsible? Why didn't the judge honor the 'cancel message' procedure that technically exists in the NNTP protocol?"
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Dutch Usenet Provider Ordered To Remove Infringing Content

Comments Filter:
  • by lgw ( 121541 ) on Friday September 30, 2011 @05:11PM (#37572140) Journal

    Such a shame. Usenet was a tiny little holdout of what the internet used to be. Crazy, lawless, illegal, sometimes informative, and full of porn and spam

    That's called the "deep web" now: crazy, lawless, illegal, sometimes informative, and full of porn and spam. I wonder whether that will take off, or join freenet in the margins.

  • by rs79 ( 71822 ) <> on Saturday October 01, 2011 @07:25AM (#37575936) Homepage

    Correct. I created alt.aquaria (indirectly) and (indirectly) and comp.fonts and all the aquaria groups and alt.prose and christ knows what else.

    Brian Reid was my best friend on the net back then (and still is) and he created alt. It wasn't created for warez, it was created because Brian was pissed off his recipes group got turfed by Gene Spafford. John Gilmore wanted alt.drugs so they created those two groups, quietly snuck the into decwrl and the rest is history. alt.aquaria was the 7th alt group

    Henry Hardy wrote hos masters thesis on this. You can check for yourself online.

If a thing's worth having, it's worth cheating for. -- W.C. Fields