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Usenet indexer Newzbin has gone titsup thanks to legal action from the Motion Picture Association.

A message on the homepage says: "Regrettably the Newzbin website has to close as a result of the legal action against us."

The page also links to a blog post, although its author makes clear he has no relationship to the site beyond IRC chats with its founders.

The site was turning over £1m in 2009 but was found liable for copyright infringement in the High Court at the end of March.

The blog post reports the company owes the MPA £230,000 in interim costs - a full costs and damages hearing is still to be heard. Newzbin also allegedly owes a software development house £500,000.

Users have been pushing the site's owners to open-source the code behind the site but so far they've refused. But a clone site is still a very likely outcome to the long-running legal battle.

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