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Usenet.com taken to the cleaners

Judge calls it pirate's paradise.

Usenet.com was taken to the cleaners by the Music and Film industry in a ruling that was not really a surprise.

Punters used to pay $4.95 to $18.95 a month for the privilege of accessing the newsgroups. The outfit was refused to use the "safe harbour" defence often quoted by Google because the Judge felt the outfit's advertising seemed to encourage illegal use.

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