Well, I guess it had to happen sometime. NZBsRus officially announced their closure on their site and Reddit last night. NZBsRus have been around for a while, holding a fairly strong community – being one of the more popular Usenet Indexers after NZBMatrix.
While NZBsRus havent been in everyones popular books lately with “mis-placing” their VIP memberships and asking users to pay again, the site didn’t have the best reputation under the sun. Regardless though, it’s always sad to see internet freedoms taken away by ridiculous laws with governments and corporates trying to centralise and make the internet their own.
According to a NZBsRus site op, s0ck3t, a legal letter from FACT was sent to the owners requesting they shutdown or face potential legal action.
A Sad Day For All
I am sad to announce that Nzbsrus.com will be closing forever.
3 days ago we were visited by F.A.C.T and served a cease and desist notice.
We were given 2 choices both of which left the site being closed but to varying degrees.
1.) Shutdown the site and avoid any legal actions.
2.) Keep the site running and face legal actions. Against the owners and staff.
In the past when F.A.C.T notices were given to us they only specifically named the owner of the site, this time it included several staff members. After consutling with our lawyers we felt that it was time to close the site to avoid any legal action.
It was a hard decision to make but the intrusion & impact further legal action would have on the owners family’s & those staff that have only ever been voluntary would not be fair.
Over the last 12 years nzbsrus has grown to become a community, we would like to thank all the users who helped keep this site running over the years. We would also like to thank all the staff who have helped over the years.
We will be sending out refunds to the users who have recently paid. Please check your bitcoin wallets for this in a few days.
We will be keeping our IRC channel running, you can stop by and talk to the staff of the site if you have any questions or comments. You can use a IRC client like MIRC to connect to irc.zag.gs channel #nzbsrus
Here is the FACT notice that was delivered to us. http://s24.postimg.org/dwiiyhelx/fact1.png
I’m sure their regular users won’t be the happiest bunch and running after a few other sites that are available. I’ll work on a list a little later 🙂
Just for the record, I’ve never been a fan of NZBsRus nor supported the site in any way.