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Torrent Site Mininova Removes Pirated Materials

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 79 comments

Too legit to quit.

Is the age of BitTorrent coming to a critical bend? It certainly seems so, as the PirateBay has taken down its tracker for good, and now we learn that Mininova is going legit.

"Today is an important day in the history of Mininova," the site admins wrote last week in a blog. "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."

Mininova is referring to ruling last summer when a judge ordered the site to remove all copyright infringing links within three months or else face up to €5 million in penalties.

"Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service," the admins wrote.

Interestingly, Mininova launched its Content Distribution service in 2007, which it calls a success. While it hasn’t been a mass market success for mainstream content producers, Mininova names Dutch band Silence is Sexy as one who has released a complete album on the torrent site and received the Interactive Award 2009 for its use of the distribution method.

Despite that, it doesn’t seem that Content Distribution is the sole future business model for Mininova.

"We are still considering an appeal at this moment," the side administrators stated.

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    The_Blood_Raven , December 1, 2009 1:15 AM
    mlopinto2k1That is PRECISELY MY POINT. How hard is it to get across that IT IS ILLEGALLLLLLLLLL. Jesus H Christ!


    You don't get it, 150 years ago it was illegal for most african americans to own land in the U.S., while 100 years ago it was legal for a factory owner to order the massacre of it's workers because they refused to work in inhumane conditions, 50 years ago it was illegal for a black man to piss in the same toilet as a white man, but 8 years ago, and still today, it is legal for the U.S. government to spy on it's citizens, arrest them on a hunch, and deny them a trial by peers regardless of what the constitution says on said hunch. And that is only in the U.S.

    Please, please, please, please tell me that all of that is justified because some bureaucratic hypocritical politicians said that it was illegal or legal to do so. I fucking dare you.

    Don't compare "pirating" to any form of illegal activity, especially anything on the level of terrorists in Pakistan, because it is only wrong because some fools being paid by RIAA and MIAA lobbyists say so. It has been proven time and time again that "pirating" has had either a negligible or even a positive impact on the music, movie, and video game industries.

    Would you kindly get your head out of your ass, or better yet just go away. Actually I apologize for singling you out, this also applies to anyone with similar beliefs as yours.
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    sylvia648 , November 30, 2009 11:47 PM
    mlopinto2k1Well, we all know that this is inevitable, right? I mean, allowing the distribution of pirated material is just like Pakistan harboring terrorists. Plain and simple.



    I hope this was sarcastic or you are the dumbest person on the planet?
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    CoryInJapan , December 1, 2009 12:00 AM
    You guys talk as if Piratebay is dead...They simply went from old(tracker) to new(w/e it was called) to track torrents...Its still alive and well.

    BTW Mininova sucked anyways.Most people go to private trackers anyways.
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    bison88 , November 30, 2009 11:47 PM
    Mininova took a crap a long time ago, early this year like February when they started deleting peoples torrents and that didn't get mentioned or covered one bit but by inner circles. They sold out a long time ago, long before the court ruling. Don't let this trick you.
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    sylvia648 , November 30, 2009 11:47 PM
    mlopinto2k1Well, we all know that this is inevitable, right? I mean, allowing the distribution of pirated material is just like Pakistan harboring terrorists. Plain and simple.



    I hope this was sarcastic or you are the dumbest person on the planet?
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    quip13 , November 30, 2009 11:49 PM
    nooo...
    isohunt better not go down too
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    cewhidx , November 30, 2009 11:49 PM
    Allowing the distribution of pirated material is NOTHING like Pakistan harboring terrorists. Honestly, how can you even compare the two??
    Should murderers get a small fine & community service like shoplifters??
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    ubernoobie , November 30, 2009 11:57 PM
    hmm... Thepiratebay is still functional...
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    CoryInJapan , December 1, 2009 12:00 AM
    You guys talk as if Piratebay is dead...They simply went from old(tracker) to new(w/e it was called) to track torrents...Its still alive and well.

    BTW Mininova sucked anyways.Most people go to private trackers anyways.
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    smalltime0 , December 1, 2009 12:26 AM
    mlopinto2k1It's a comparison on ETHICS. Pakistan is supposed to be an Allie, correct me if i'm wrong.. but they have been accused of harboring terrorists and they also have acted on it, right? Just like what mininova has done. They have been accused and acted on it. Do you ALWAYS judge comparisons with a closed mind??? You know damn well what I was trying to say. Hater!

    mlopinto2k1Please, fill me in on how it is ok that any torrent tracker is allowed to "ALLOW" users to upload copyrighted material? Please, give me your wisdom. On top of looking like a complete dipshit, you resorted to name calling to prove a point? Go download a piece of pirated software and eat the dinner your mom made.

    Im going to go ahead and rebuttal both of these...
    Pakistan lawless north allows killers and thieves to harbour in a allied country, safe from direct attack from US, NATO and other allied forces. The terrorists/freedom fighters spread chaos and destruction where ever they are. Pirate trackers help in the spreading of information, whether copyrighted or not, which at most result in fiscal loss (which is even debatable, given studies saying pirates actually spend more on copyrighted material), their 'piracy' does not contribute to any death, destruction or injury.

    To say the two are equittable would be like saying that harbouring a jay-walking is the same as aiding a murderer... the two actions (jay walking and murder) are both illegal, but the seriousness of the crime is not the same.
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    captaincharisma , December 1, 2009 12:30 AM
    well mininova will not last much longer when all its good for now is to get the Linux distro of the month
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    The_Blood_Raven , December 1, 2009 1:15 AM
    mlopinto2k1That is PRECISELY MY POINT. How hard is it to get across that IT IS ILLEGALLLLLLLLLL. Jesus H Christ!


    You don't get it, 150 years ago it was illegal for most african americans to own land in the U.S., while 100 years ago it was legal for a factory owner to order the massacre of it's workers because they refused to work in inhumane conditions, 50 years ago it was illegal for a black man to piss in the same toilet as a white man, but 8 years ago, and still today, it is legal for the U.S. government to spy on it's citizens, arrest them on a hunch, and deny them a trial by peers regardless of what the constitution says on said hunch. And that is only in the U.S.

    Please, please, please, please tell me that all of that is justified because some bureaucratic hypocritical politicians said that it was illegal or legal to do so. I fucking dare you.

    Don't compare "pirating" to any form of illegal activity, especially anything on the level of terrorists in Pakistan, because it is only wrong because some fools being paid by RIAA and MIAA lobbyists say so. It has been proven time and time again that "pirating" has had either a negligible or even a positive impact on the music, movie, and video game industries.

    Would you kindly get your head out of your ass, or better yet just go away. Actually I apologize for singling you out, this also applies to anyone with similar beliefs as yours.
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    smalltime0 , December 1, 2009 1:15 AM
    mlopinto2k1That is PRECISELY MY POINT. How hard is it to get across that IT IS ILLEGALLLLLLLLLL. Jesus H Christ!

    But thats not what you said, nobody is refuting that pirating copyrighted material is illegal (although running a service thats capable of servicing piracy is debatable) what you said was:
    mlopinto2k1Well, we all know that this is inevitable, right? I mean, allowing the distribution of pirated material is just like Pakistan harboring terrorists. Plain and simple.

    Which is not similar at all.
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    athreex , December 1, 2009 1:33 AM
    mlopinto2k1Please, fill me in on how it is ok that any torrent tracker is allowed to "ALLOW" users to upload copyrighted material? Please, give me your wisdom. On top of looking like a complete dipshit, you resorted to name calling to prove a point? Go download a piece of pirated software and eat the dinner your mom made.



    mlopinto2k1Please, fill me in on how it is ok that any torrent tracker is allowed to "ALLOW" users to upload copyrighted material? Please, give me your wisdom. On top of looking like a complete dipshit, you resorted to name calling to prove a point? Go download a piece of pirated software and eat the dinner your mom made.


    Dude Chill out. I know people have been flamin' you about your first comment. But don't do the same. i can notice you posted your comments publishing your business' website of Photo/sound services. Even if someone reacts to your statement, you have to realize that anyone even in this website is a potential customer to you. It's just a small advice that people that run businesses must keep a sharp reputation. You should not be calling dipshit or making a judgment such as the cited above this paragraph.
    Also remember, there are times which someone might not share your opinion, but who knows in what other plethora of topics this people might agree with you. Finally, it is cool that you express your opinion, but you should not be backfiring (of course you can backfire, but in a more appropiate way) like that considering that you're also posting your business' link here, because like I said ..any of these commenters might be a potential customer looking for your services.

    Cheers !
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2009 1:57 AM
    wow, I was about to rip on everybody else for modding down mlopinto2k1 because I thought he was just being sarcastic, until I finished reading to the bottom...
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