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Mininova Kills Illegal Torrents, Goes Legit

Gordon Kelly


Mininova Kills Illegal Torrents, Goes Legit

And another one bites the dust...

Just like The Pirate Bay and the likes of Suprnova, Kazaa, Napster and many, many more another of the world's leading peer-to-peer file sharing sites has gone legit. In a formal blog post Mininova declared:

"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."

Mininova said it had been working on filtering systems for the last couple of months, but found them not to be 100 per cent reliable. Consequently "the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on" though it did admit to be "considering an appeal at this moment".

Mininova launched in 2007 giving it a rather shorter shelf life than many of the other large torrent tracker sites, but a number of high profile causalities saw its status skyrocket - as did its profile on the radar of the recording industries. It will be interesting to see whether Mininova tries to do-a-Napster, though I suspect its name isn't sufficiently established.

So another file sharing site goes down. Expect 10 more to take its place by the end of the week...


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Sir Stuie

November 27, 2009, 6:24 pm

I always wonder why they target individual sites www.monova.org (a clone site) sprang up in less than a day. Taking down TPB tracker just brought up 10 others and increased awareness of DHT. IMO neither side is right publishers or 'pirates' and the only victim is the artist.

Adam Foreman

November 27, 2009, 7:00 pm

The artist never loses out, the music industry changed the way it paid it's artists some years ago by way of setting contracts signing an artist up for a few years tying them to the music label. They are then able to pay them up front. Most of which is inflated due to competition between other major labels. This way prices paid and expected to be recuperated by the music lovers/consumers, are the ones that that have to pay the higher price for a single track or album. I would like to see Artists take ownership of their own material whereby us as consumers buy directly from them cutting out the middlemen.


November 27, 2009, 7:12 pm

Uhh, I've been using mininova since before 2006...

Neil B

November 27, 2009, 7:35 pm

@Ryan, should you really be admitting to that?


November 27, 2009, 9:57 pm

@ Neil B - should you really be admitting that you subscribe to the popular (yet incorrect) notion that torrents are only used for illegal purposes?


November 27, 2009, 11:59 pm

Yeah discovered this last night. I used mininova for my manga/anime. Found a few streaming sites but the quality is piss poor.

You will be missed mininova

Digital Fury

November 28, 2009, 11:40 am

Not really Runadumb - see http://www.mightynova.com/

That's my point, they go after these sites but as soon as they take one down, you got another (or sometimes several) going up.


November 29, 2009, 7:03 pm

lol dunno why you would use mininova for anime, there are several better sites, use google.

Suki, baka-updates being two you should def check out.

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