The German performing and mechanical rights organization GEMA has won a preliminary injunction against usenet provider Usenext. According to GEMA, a Hamburg district court granted an injunction late last week that bars Usenext from offering GEMA repertoire and specifically targeting users of file sharing platforms.

Usenext is one of several commercial usenet providers that have become popular in recent years. The company is based in London and Munich and has specifically been targeting P2P communities and related websites with ads that promise free and anonymous downloads of MP3s, videos and software.

This injunction is another victory for GEMA in just a few days. Last week the organization announced similiar preliminary injunctions against Rapidshare.de and Rapidshare.com.

Update: Usenext has responded with a press release - see comments.

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