– Days after shutting itself down, following a court ruling that found it
liable for copyright infringement, the source code behind Usenet file-sharing
search engine Newzbin was reportedly stolen by a group that aims to resurrect
the service, The Register reported.
The Motion Picture Association sued Newzbin in early 2009, and in February the U.K. High Court found it
guilty and ordered Newzbin to pay the studios’ legal costs.
The group that
stole Newzbin’s source code and databases on Friday sent an email to former
Newzbin members, stating that “the crew got most of the original Newzbin
source code and the main databases. We loved it too much to let it die.”
The group said it needs to work more on the code to make it run, but expects
the service to be back up soon.
(DMW previous coverage)