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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MiniNova Paid Settlement to BREIN

MiniNova Paid Settlement to BREIN

MiniNova Paid Settlement to BREIN

Added: Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Once the largest BitTorrent website on the web, MiniNova had to pay a settlement fee to Dutch anti-piracy organization called BREIN in order to finish the lawsuit between them. In response, the latter dropped the damages claim against MiniNova, thus making it impossible for the service to return to full swing operation.


After having operating for nearly 5 years, the BitTorrent website MiniNova had to remove more than a million .torrent files a year ago. The service was left with no choice, having faced a negative decision in the court fight against local anti-piracy group BREIN. The court ruled that MiniNova has to delete all infringing .torrent files from its index, or face huge fines for failing to comply. However, it appeared to be technically unfeasible to accomplish that selective task. Consequently, the website’s owners decided to delete all content uploaded by regular users, even though much of it wasn’t infringing at all.

Unsurprisingly, after this MiniNova began losing visitors at a rapid pace, and finally lost most of its traffic, because its ex-users switched to alternative services with a wider variety of material available. However, the legal battle wasn’t over. MiniNova appealed the court decision at the Court of Amsterdam, while BREIN in respond prepared a damages claim on behalf of the music and movie industries.

Meanwhile, the parties launched negotiations on a mutual agreement, acceptable to them both, which they succeeded in finalizing last week. Mininova would abide the decision of the Court of Utrecht and withdraw the appeal, plus it would pay BREIN an undisclosed amount of money to settle the matter permanently.
Although the company could fight the decision with all means, it took a decision that it was for the best to settle instead. Thus, the legal battle between two parties came to an end. In fact, the site’s co-founder admitted that he was quite happy with the outcome of the 2-years-long negotiations with BREIN.

The representatives of MiniNova confirmed that both parties agreed that settlement was better than a long drawn court battle over damages. BREIN assured it carried no grudge and wished MiniNova luck with their new ventures. In future the service will go on operating as a torrent website with authorized uploaders only, like it has been for entire 2010.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

December 15th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-12-15 20:46:46)
LeslieVernon6 avatarI wish we knew how much money it took to settle, and if BREIN didn't actually coerce them into saying it. Or maybe the sum was actually pretty low(and BREIN didn't want anyone to know how they were tired of this certain case and just wanted "any" victory in a monetary sense.)

BREIN doesn't seem like the kind of group who carries no grudges with so much evidence that they're used fake documents in court against the Pirate Bay..

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