Usenet provider further sinks its teeth into Brein lawsuit

Amsterdam, 21 May 2010 – In a preliminary ruling announced on 12 May 2010
the Court of Amsterdam decided, among other things, that both parties in the
Stichting Brein versus Usenet provider case should have one
more chance to submit their views in writing, as the Court deems this exchange of
written documents necessary for a proper understanding of the case.

The claim was filed by Stichting Brein, who claimed that
unlawfully stores and shares material that is protected by copyright. News- completely disagrees with Brein’s claims, since it only arranges the
technical transfer in accordance with the procedures applying to Usenet, and has no
involvement whatsoever with the nature or content of the messages exchanged by
Usenet users. The law (Article 6:196c of the Dutch Civil Code), which is based on the
European E-commerce Directive, explicitly exempts service providers such as News- from liability.

Reply or rejoinder
To reach a final verdict, the Court ruled on 12 May that both parties should be
offered the opportunity to lodge a reply or rejoinder. On 23 June, Brein will reply to’s statement of defence against the summons. On 4 August, will, in turn, lodge a rejoinder to Brein’s response.

Absolutely confident
“Brein’s demand that we refrain from unlawfully storing and sharing copyrighted
content without the consent of the copyright owners is unrealistic. Considering the
extreme volumes, it is both technically and economically completely undoable to
check the content of the 15 to 20 million messages exchanged daily. Added to
which, no filter is available that is able to identify all copyrighted material for
obtained permission. We feel absolutely confident about the remainder of the case,”
said Patrick Schreurs, the Technical Director of in response to the
preliminary ruling.

About is the trade name of News-Service Europe B.V. The company
provides access to the worldwide Usenet for exchanging messages between users.
Founded in 1979, Usenet was one of the earliest forms of internet. It is used to
exchange text messages and files through newsgroups in an email-like way. News- was founded in 2004 and is based in Amsterdam. is
managed by Wierd Bonthuis and Patrick Schreurs. For more information, please visit

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