Usenet indexer Newzbin has been found liable for copyright infringement in the UK High Court, in a case that could have implications for other online services. The site was accused by a coalition of movie studios of facilitating piracy by categorising and indexing links to pirated movies on Usenet newsgroups. Newzbin’s defence was that it’s just a search engine, like Google, and doesn’t host any infringing content itself. Justice Kitchin disagreed, claiming that Newzbin “encouraged its editors to report and has assisted its users to gain access” to infringing content, while criticising its “cosmetic” and “cumbersome” takedown mechanisms. The site, which had a turnover of more than £1 million last year, will now face an injunction restricting its activities. Source: TorrentFreak

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