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Mininova removes all copyrighted torrents

In a drastic move following a Dutch court ruling, torrent giant Mininova deleted all torrents in it’s database that link to copyrighted content.

Prior to this, Mininova had attempted to put in place a content-filtering system which automatically found and deleted copyrighted content. However, the filter did not work too well, and to avoid paying a 5 million Euro fine, Mininova was forced to perform this mass deletion.

Mininova was one of the biggest torrent trackers in the bittorrent scene, and it’s fall will leave millions of uploaders and users homeless.

Founded in 2005 by a group of five Dutch tech-savvy teenagers a month after the death of Suprnova as a small hobby, Mininova soon grew into a huge site that generated millions of dollars of revenue. And now, only content distributors can publish content on Minonova.

The implications

For one, it means that a huge number of smaller trackers that track Mininova’s torrents will suffer. After all, Mininova was one of the biggest trackers out there.

The other, even more perturbing implication is the fear copyright organisations put into the minds of people. With Mininova down, it’s only a matter of time.

How long must we wait for the RIAA and the MPAA to understand that file-sharing is not unethical? And how long must we wait for their supporters to learn that these organisations are against file-sharing only for money, and that they don’t care about artists’ rights?

Even Shakira says she wants file-sharing.

“I like what’s going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music. It’s the democratisation of music in a way, and music is a gift. That’s what it should be, a gift.” — Shakira