Mininova has announced
that its general torrent database closes and only proceed with the
previously established Content Distribution service. The website sees
no other option than to stop the torrent database, after the Court of
Utrecht was required to filter torrents.
Mininova earlier this year sued by Brein foundation. Brain won the lawsuit ,the Court of Utrecht ensure that all links to the torrents are removed without permission of the owners spread. Mininova tried in recent
months to this requirement, including by filtering using a blacklist of
Brein. According to director Erik Dubbelboer it was not possible to
filter all illegal torrents. That, Dubbelboer not feasible.
On Blog they said "Because the court has imposed a penalty for each illegal torrent on the
site, Mininova has decided to clear the entire database. The website also still considering whether to appeal.
Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to
take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service.
According to the verdict
we have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that
refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. We’ve been
testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found
that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a
100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option
is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. We
are still considering an appeal at this moment.
We launched our Content Distribution service in 2007. This service
allows producers and artists to easily publish and distribute their
content for free through Mininova. The launch of Content Distribution
has proven to be a success. Countless content owners have used Content
Distribution to distribute their content (e.g. albums and
documentaries) for free to millions of users. For example, the Dutch
band Silence is Sexy released their complete album on Mininova and
received the Interactive Award 2009 for doing so. The Dutch television
broadcaster VPRO decided to start using Content Distribution in 2009 in
order to distribute documentaries."