said by AndrewW:
I think you're right that Usenet hosting servers will try to move elsewhere but the problem with that is the clash between the lack of cheap connectivity elsewhere and Usenet users' expectations of high service quality and cheap prices.
I agree. The days of us maxing out 100mb lines may be numbered if News Service Providers move to countries with weak copyright laws.
Another thing hurting Usenet is torrents. I have easily filled a few of my Usenet requests that were no longer available using torrents and rather surprisingly they were able to saturate my line at over 3MB/s.
Torrents don't hurt usenet since the two services attract slightly different users. You have to pay for usenet unless you are one of the lucky few that have an ISP that provides decent usenet access.. That is one reason the usenet user base tends to be older than the torrent user base. Usenet provides more privacy than having your ip address publicly available for downloading a torrent.
It is true that there is a lot of content on torrents sites not available on usenet but because of it privacy usenet will always have strong appeal for adults downloading adult material. Adult companies like Suze randall and ALS Scan have gone after USenet in the past but so far none of the major porn companies have filed dmca takesdown. If adult started an aggressive DMCA campaign , then I think usenet days in Holland and the US would be numbered.