Block Accounts and Takedown Orders

August 9, 2012

Takedown orders based on DMCA requests have become all too common on USENET servers. Whether or not they are justified, they restrict access to the service that people are paying for. One of the strategies you might want to use if you’re not sure if your USENET provider is being a bit too flexible in complying with these orders – some of them are most certainly not justified – is to utilize block access to your USENET service.

Buying on the Block

Buying a block of service provides you with a way to avoid having to pay for a recurring subscription. If your USENET provider proves to be too compliant with DMCA requests, you won’t be stuck in a position where you have to switch over to another provider, perhaps find out that they are exercising the same types of policies and then have to switch all over again.

A block account simply allows you to purchase a certain amount of download bandwidth that you can use at your convenience. It’s one of the least expensive ways to purchase USENET service and, particularly, it’s something you may want to consider if you’re new to USENET and haven’t tried out any providers at all.

With a block account, you can end up saving a lot of money and making USENET affordable for you if a subscription is not viable. Some of our most recommended USENET providers offer block access options. These can be purchased for prices as low as a couple of dollars for 10 or more gigabytes of download, which is a great way to test the waters with a USENET provider and see if they’re actually what you’re looking for.


With so many takedown requests being issued and with ISPs now spying on their users on behalf of the entertainment industry, privacy has become a huge concern for USENET users. Contrary to the way the entertainment industry would like to frame this debate, wanting privacy does not mean you’re doing anything illegal.

Good USENET providers offer you secure connections. This is generally offered via SSL, which provides effective encryption and ensures that you’re not being spied upon. If you want additional security, you may want to look into those USENET providers who also offer VPN service as a combined package.

If you feel that your USENET provider isn’t being firm enough with unjust takedown requests, consider utilizing block access. It’s a noncommittal way to subscribe to a USENET provider that offers you a very high level of service.

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