Yup, it’s been that kind of a year. NewzBin shut up shop too, earlier this year – NZBMatrix followed on Sunday, 9th December.
Granted, the first rule (or used to be anyway) of Usenet was don’t talk about Usenet. With NZBMatrix being open to the public, in a sense, opened up its doors to piracy “chiefs” who work believe that the DMCA laws are great.
Piracy is piracy, it’s obviously a sad day that NZBMatrix is no more. Not just because you could download anything from their site but they also provided a fantastic community forum too. A few weeks back, new rules were put in place to stop the torrent kid crowd from posting whether or not binary files have been DMCA’d. Seeing comments thanking uploaders has also been a joke.
In any case, your alternatives are as follows:
I haven’t personally tried these providers with SickBeard and CouchPotato – I’ll try and have a guide up on the best options for this. From what I’ve read though, NZB.su seems to be the winner here though, according to guides on Google anyway.
It’s been reported that the Morganelli Group is responsible for filing and sending over 1 million DMCA take-down requests to NZBMatrix.
Let these companies live, they’re here for a reason. However the way their CEO acts is far from professional and seems to be more of a troll.
The website posted an article mentioning the take-down of the site, also mentioning services like PayPal blocking access to “premium binary index services.”
Joe Morganelli seems to think that shutting down index sites is also combating Usenet piracy. This simply shows his complete arrogance on his part. Surely someone who runs a company like this also needs to understand the ins and outs of these kind of services? Obviously not.
If companies like the Morganelli group think that simply shutting down an indexing service is “killing Usenet” they need to wake up to the concept.
For me, I’m going back to the old, proper ways of using Usenet. No public indexers for me.
NZBMatrix posted this on their site, saying their final goodbyes. It’s been good, guys.
It is with our regret to announce that NZBMATRIX has closed.
We have had to make this decision due to a very large takedown request from a company called Wiggin LLC. These represent the following: Federation Against Copyright Theft Limited (“FACT”), Paramount Home Entertainment International Limited; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Limited; The Walt Disney Company Limited; Twentieth Century Fox Film Company Limited; Universal Pictures (UK) Limited; Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Limited.
As everyone is aware we are DMCA/Takedown notice compliant, and always have been.
Once this notice is completed we are left with an impossible task of policing our indexing bots. Even then it won’t stop there, there will be follow-up notices etc.
Coupled with this is problems with payment providers, we have been through pretty much everyone out there, in the end they all pull out.
There are massive server/bandwidth costs to pay, with the payments in-stability this is a very hard task.
NZBMATRIX has never been the subject of any legal issues or threats.
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.
So it’s time for us to bow out…