Court orders Mininova to remove infringing torrents

By on August 26, 2009, 11:16 AM
In addition to The Pirate Bay's departure, Mininova, one of the largest torrent index sites, has been ordered to clean up its content. In a civil dispute with Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, a judge determined that while Mininova is not directly responsible for any copyright infringement, they must remove all torrents linking to copyrighted material within three months - or eat a 5 million euro fine.

Although BREIN has no desire to shut the site down, they feel it isn't doing enough to protect the rights of copyright holders. BREIN saw it fit that Mininova introduce a filter for infringing keywords as well as digital fingerprints. The court agreed with this assessment, and concluded that Mininova's takedown policy, which allows copyright holders to remove infringing torrents, is not adequate.

The court disagreed with Mininova's defense that it is impossible to moderate all torrents trafficked on the site. According to the court, Mininova is encouraging users to download copyrighted material, and it profits from the illegal content via ads. Mininova is currently considering an appeal, which would have to be filed within three months.

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Phantasm66 Phantasm66 said:

Hmm... are they going to be the next ones to shut down / move to a legit business model?

fimbles fimbles said:

How many times are we going to see the same endless pattern.. Torrent site starts up, Torrent site gets famous, Torent site gets shut down....

Its getting repetitive now..

Guest said:

I totally agree they will never be able to totally wipe out piracy so they should try to figure out someway of making money off it instead of trying to get rid of it. The people behind trying to shut down all these sites and sue people are morons . Dont they know what the definition of insanity is, Its doing the same thing over and over again and trying to get a different result each time..... Get with it and wake up.... If you cant beat them then join them.

Guest said:

Actually, here is the definition of insanity:

1 : a deranged state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder (as schizophrenia)

i think you are referring to stupidity:

3 : marked by or resulting from unreasoned thinking or acting : senseless <a stupid decision>

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