Newzbin Usenet Indexing Trial: Day One



After coming under legal threats from the MPAA in 2008, the Usenet indexing site began its defence in London’s High Court yesterday. Newzbin are reporting that the judge appears remarkably switched and they are looking forward to a fair trial.




Just like BitTorrent, it looks like they are going to have a problem dealing with Usenet indexing websites, since there are a lot of them. is an example of one which doesn’t even require registration, unlike this one they’ve targetted.

At least one advantage they have with Usenet is that most Usenet providers, especially those offering binary group access, require paid membership. So these are not as appealing as free file sharing services such as BitTorrent, Limeware, iMesh and so on to most users looking to download content for free.


damn… i use newzbin alot… wonder what the outcome will be…

(remembers the piratebay case)


Several friends of mine use paid usenet instead of free usenet. In most instances, you start with usenet by using free usenet services - and then switch to paid usenet. As far as I know, usenet users have significant less trouble with viruses and malware than BitTorrent, Limeware, iMesh etc.


Usenet is actually quite heavily flooded with viruses, but unlike the free P2P tools (like Limewire), there are a simple rules to use that generally work, as long as you’re not using Usenet for software:

[li]Obviously (maybe not for a novice) - Never download a song/video with an unfamiliar extension, especially ‘.exe’![/li][li]Check the file size - I.e. don’t download any song/video under <2MB[/li][li]Never download anything saying warez terms like ‘keygen’, ‘cracked’, etc. - They are infections.[/li][li]If it’s a multi-RAR archive, look for an ‘nfo’ file and read it. If an ‘nfo’ file is not present, it’s suspicious.[/li][/ol]

Usenet uses the RAR archive quite a lot, often with recovery PAR files. Unfortunately, quite often, people put up password protected RAR files without mentioning they are password protected, so the best way to avoid wasting bandwidth downloading a password protected archive is to download just the first RAR part and see if you can extract it, e.g. using 7-zip (which opens RAR files). If it just complains the 2nd RAR part is missing, that’s ok, but if it asks for a password, then don’t download any more parts.

For a RAR archive with PAR files, some usenet readers such as Newsrover will automatically repair damaged RAR archives using the recovery information from the PAR files. If the Usenet client doesn’t support this, there’s a freeware tool called Quickpar which will repair the RAR files.