Fri Nov 27, 2009 00:47
Seen today mininova has stop putting so called illegal torrents on their site just aswell i found ET few months ago.
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Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service
Published on November 26, 2009 in Mininova-related news. 93 Comments
Today is an important day in the history of Mininova. From now on, we are limiting Mininova.org to our Content Distribution service. By doing so, we comply with the ruling of the Court of Utrecht of last August.
Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service. According to the verdict (Dutch link) we have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. We?ve been testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found that it?s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. We are still considering an appeal at this moment.
We launched our Content Distribution service in 2007. This service allows producers and artists to easily publish and distribute their content for free through Mininova. The launch of Content Distribution has proven to be a success. Countless content owners have used Content Distribution to distribute their content (e.g. albums and documentaries) for free to millions of users. For example, the Dutch band Silence is Sexy released their complete album on Mininova and received the Interactive Award 2009 for doing so. The Dutch television broadcaster VPRO decided to start using Content Distribution in 2009 in order to distribute documentaries.
We would like to thank you for your support. Especially everyone that contributed to Mininova receives a big ?thank you!? for the effort! We hope to keep welcoming you on Mininova and our other projects (e.g. Snotr, Dispostable).
Thanks! The Mininova staff
Fri Nov 27, 2009 02:29
Down but not out. Those would be the words that can be used to describe the staff at Mininova right now. Although the site still survives, a Dutch court ruled in August that Mininova must comply with the demand to remove all content that may be copyrighted work. Today is the day that Mininova fully complied with that order. With much of its content gone, Mininova seems like a shadow of its former self.
Or is it?
The ruling came out on August 26, 2009. It's hardly a surprise that Mininova waited until the last possible minute to comply. And why not? With an appeal being considered, just about anything can happen in a short period of time. But unfortunately, the appeal is still in the formulation stages, as Mininova's blog says, "We are still considering an appeal at this moment."
Trying to filter content (or torrents in this case) that may be infringing has long known to be a double edged sword. The techies will tell you that it's technologically very difficult, if not impossible; the entertainment industry will tell you it's a piece of cake. Somewhere in between is a solution: just take it all down. And that's just about what Mininova did.
Not looking to tinker around with time consuming and wasteful filtering technology, Mininova has simply eliminated everything but its Content Distribution system. Yes, most of Mininova's indexed torrents are gone, but perhaps only the best has stayed behind.
Since its launch in 2007, Mininova's Content Distribution (CD) system has proven wildly successful. Thousands of participants, from popular Dutch artists like "Silence is Sexy" to tinkering college chimps with a video-recorder, Mininova's CD system has been an avenue for just about anyone to distribute work. And distributing via Mininova's CD is no joke. Mininova.org is one of the largest websites online - not just one of the largest BitTorrent websites. Many participants agree that distributing work on Mininova's CD is an excellent way to build an audience.
So is Mininova down for the count? Probably not. Neik van der Maas & company are a smart bunch, and have diversified Mininova's appeal over the last few years. While BitTorrent websites have come and gone, Mininova has stood the test of time. BREIN, unlike the situation in Sweden, is not out for blood, and seems perfectly content with Mininova continuing to exist in its current state. Will we see a very different Mininova from here on? Probably.
But that?s OK. With a tremendous amount of traffic still coming to the site, Mininova has successfully created a vibrant community that isn?t going to lose sleep over this minor setback. Although Mininova?s torrent index was once its greatest asset, we think that Mininova has plenty of life left in it, and will finish its transition into a different, but no less critical, BitTorrent and file-sharing website.
Mininova, the largest torrent site on the Internet, has removed all torrents except those that were uploaded through its content distribution service. Mininova?s founders took the drastic decision after they lost a civil dispute against Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN, and were ordered to remove all infringing torrents from the site.
Mininova?s decision to delete all infringing torrents from its index marks the end of an era that started five years ago.
In December 2004, the demise of the mighty Suprnova left a meteor crater in the fledgling BitTorrent landscape. This gaping hole was soon filled by the dozens of new sites that emerged to fulfil the public?s increasing demands for torrents. Mininova became the most successful of all.
Mininova was founded in early 2005 by five Dutch students, just a month after Suprnova closed its doors. The site started out as a hobby project created by tech-savvy teenagers, but in the years that followed the site?s founders managed to turn it into a successful business that generated millions of dollars in revenue.
With increased popularity also came numerous complaints from copyright holders, who saw their intellectual property being shared by users of the site. For years Mininova has complied with these takedown requests, but earlier this year the Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN decided to take the torrent site to court nonetheless, demanding that the operators proactively filter torrents pointing to copyrighted material.
The case went to court in June and a few weeks later the verdict was announced. The judge ruled that Mininova is not directly responsible for any copyright infringements, but ordered it to remove all torrents linking to copyrighted material within three months, or face a penalty of up to 5 million euros.
To avoid having to pay these penalties, the Mininova team saw no other option than to disable access to all torrents except those that were uploaded to their content distribution platform. This means that only approved uploaders can share torrents through the site for now.
During the last few months, Mininova has extensively tested several filtering techniques, but none of these proved 100% effective. ?It?s very unfortunate that we?re forced to take this action, but we saw no other option,? Mininova co-founder Niek told TorrentFreak.
Mininova still hasn?t decided yet whether they will appeal the verdict, Niek further told TorrentFreak. They have appealed the verdict pro-forma, which gives the company more time to decide whether they will indeed continue with the appeal. As it looks now, a successful appeal is the only option for Mininova to bring all torrents back.
In the meantime the Mininova team will focus on other projects besides Mininova, as well as growing the number of users for their content distribution platform.
The implications of Mininova?s decision will have a huge impact on the BitTorrent community. The millions of Mininova users and uploaders have to look for a new home, but perhaps even more importantly, Mininova had the largest collection of user-submitted torrents that were used by dozens of smaller torrent indexers.
More information on the consequences and background of Mininova?s decision will be addressed in a follow up article.
thx to slycks and torrentfreak