A week ago the popular Usenet indexer NZBMatrix announced that following pressure from rightsholders it would close its doors for good. While TorrentFreak is used to receiving plenty of emails when sites go down, nothing prepared us for the influx last Sunday. People were genuinely upset at the site’s demise and today we hear from just one of them, a popular encoder who made NZBMatrix and Usenet his home.
NZBMatrix, one of the leading Usenet indexing services, has shut down voluntarily. The website’s owners explain that it has become increasingly difficult to operate in a business where copyright holders vigorously protect their content. A large takedown notice from Hollywood’s movie studios as well as issues with payment providers are cited as reasons for NZBMatrix to throw the towel.