|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Copyright Wars continue
Court ruling forces Mininova to end illegal torrents
By Daniel Emery
Technology reporter, BBC News
Mininova has removed all links to copyright-protected material
The Netherlands-based file-sharing website Mininova has removed all
torrents that enabled users to download copyright-protected material.
The move follows a ruling in a Netherlands district court three months
ago ordering the firm to remove links to illegal content.
The court said that Mininova's notice and take down policy was
insufficient to keep it operating within the law.
The news is the latest in an ongoing campaign against file-sharing
Although Mininova has not totally shut down operation, it has now
removed all torrents that would enable users to download
copyright-protected material, opting instead to only host a limited
'featured content' service, which offers legal licensed files.
Tim Kuik - director of Dutch anti-piracy group Brien, said: "We applaud
the fact that Mininova now uses the BitTorrent technology for legal
"We are not against the technology but only against the use of that
technology for illegal purposes."
In a blog post, Mininova staff said the court ruling leaves "no other
option than to take our platform offline, except for the content
But they added that they were still considering an appeal against the
Although Mininova ending illegal file sharing will be a small step
forward for representatives of the music and film industry - who have
been campaigning for years against illegal file sharing - the worlds two
largest sites , isoHunt and The Pirate Bay, continue to operate.
Last month, a different Dutch court ordered The Pirate Bay to remove all
links to the material of a group of Netherlands-based music and film
The action, brought by Stichting Brein, was against The Pirate Bay's
former spokesperson Peter Sunde, along with founders Frederik Neij and
However, the founders dispute the ruling saying that they sold The
Pirate Bay and no longer had any control over its content.
The current owner of The Pirate Bay is a Seychelles-based company called