Let's jump straight in, hot of the press from deepsharer: this is an official comment from ex-Newbin owner, Caesium (Chris).
OFFICIAL PERSONAL STATEMENT OF ‘Caesium’ Chris Elsworth Ex-owner/director of Newzbin Ltd / http://www.newzbin.com
THIS STATEMENT IN NO WAY REFLECTS ANY OPINIONS OR VIEWS OF NEWZBIN LTD, ONLY MY OWN PERSONAL SITUATION.
21st May 2010
There’s a lot of questions being asked of me in the last few days, many of which I simply can’t answer either through legal responsibilities or because I plain out just don’t know. So here I will set out what I do know and what I’m allowed to say.
The Newzbin site is not coming back under my control. I have no further interest in Usenet indexing sites. The legal proceedings over the last two years, which I will admit the Newzbin team fucked up pretty badly with, has drained all my remaining motivation for either resurrecting Newzbin now it’s gone, or starting a new site at all. The final reason Newzbin actually closed its doors because it went into liquidation in order to pay the MPA costs. Companies are not allowed to carry on trading while in liquidation proceedings. The Newzbin source code is in the wild. Someone has it. I don’t know who, and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it, and I don’t really much care. Best of luck to them, it won’t be competing with anything I choose to do in future.
Don’t ask me to share the Newzbin source with you, it is not mine to share. Control of Newzbin Ltd was transferred away from me (because I sold it. not by force) in January 2010 and with it, all my rights to the source code and servers etc etc. Whoever obtained it didn’t get it through me – how did they get it? I don’t know.
The NZB specification was on Newzbin servers which are now unavailable and that’s unfortunate. I will ask the new owners of Newzbin’s assets, whoever they might end up being after the liquidation, if it’s possible to re-host the NZB specification and DTD for further development to take place. Coincidentally, today I was made aware of an attempt to re-engineer the NZB specification by adding optional metadata – that’s already been in the official NZB specification for months! Clearly someone doesn’t keep up to date.
Did I get rich from Newzbin? Not really. I made a comfortable living but at the same time I had no job while I was working on Newzbin, so I pretty much think I was entitled to take a decent wage, thanks. Newzbin ate my life for more or less a decade, being one of only three people working fulltime on it, caring for servers, making regular datacentre trips to replace dead disks, lugging heavy servers around, being woken up at all hours by the pager telling me a server was dying, maintaining the accounts, paying VAT returns, playing nicely with the UK taxman, as well as actually writing the site on a near continual basis. Anyone who thought it was easy money is sadly mistaken. Try running a busy site sometime.
If you want a Newzbin refund, you will have to talk to the liquidators, Bennett Verby. Newzbin Ltd is no longer in my control, in fact it’s not even in the control of who I sold it to, so I’m twice removed.
I will remain on irc.freenode.net #newzbin for the forseeable future, not because I have any part in Newzbin anymore, but because I have plenty of friends there I want to stay in touch with. If you want to come throw abuse that’s where you can find me. As for real life, chances are I’ll go find myself a nice simple sysadmin or coding job where I don’t have to worry about VAT returns or legal challenges. Anyone hiring? ;)
To all previous competitors of Newzbin – best of luck. See you round. Chris
Well, what's left to say? We wish the best of luck to Caesium and the entire Newzbin team (editors included) in the future. We have been avid users of Newzbin for the past decade and have honestly truly missed the site in the 3 days since its disappearance. Here's hoping we get some clone sites that are run by teams as avid and honest as the ex-Newzbin crew. Leave your respects below, I'm sure the team will read them :)