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Torrent Site Mininova Removes Pirated Materials

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.

  • jhansonxi
    BitTorrent is not a good choice for piracy. It was never designed to be anonymous.
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  • mlopinto2k1
    Well, 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.
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  • bison88
    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
    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
    nooo...
    isohunt better not go down too
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  • cewhidx
    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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  • It really is nice to see the technology still going minus the piracy.
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  • ubernoobie
    hmm... Thepiratebay is still functional...
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  • CoryInJapan
    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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  • mlopinto2k1
    sylvia648I hope this was sarcastic or you are the dumbest person on the planet?Please, 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.
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