Mininova Finally Hobbled

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After years of managing to stave off legal action, major torrent site Mininova has been force to take down just about all of its trackers after losing a legal fight with a Dutch organisation representing copyright holders.

The move, alongside the continuing fall-apart state of The Pirate Bay, seems to indicate that copyright holders are certainly making some major headway against internet-based piracy. Of course, things are a little different for Mininova and The Pirate Bay… for one, those behind the day-to-day operation of The Pirate Bay never really made any profit off their work, but the brains behind Mininova were in quite a different situation.

According to TorrentFreak, the folks who worked on Mininova behind the scenes were originally just tech-savvy teenagers, but they managed to grow themselves a site that “generated millions of dollars in revenue.” Certainly there are operating costs to consider, but it seems that Mininova was quite an impressive earner for an almost entirely illegal operation.

Of course, it’s likely all of that earning that is the real legal trouble with Mininova, though it does provide a very solid position indeed from which to ask for an appeal. Certainly Mininova finds itself in something of a better position than The Pirate Bay’s founders did once their case was lost, though they’ve got an appeal coming up themselves.

If nothing else, we’ll be curious to see just how long Mininova lasts with nothing but legal content, though we’re almost certain it’ll linger as a kind of spectral version of its old self for quite a while. It’s not as though an entirely legal torrent service can’t work, it’s just that we have a feeling that’s something the majority of Mininova’s clientele might not be too interested in.

If you’d like to read about the state of affairs over at Mininova you’d do well to check out TorrentFreak’s article on it; it makes for some very interesting reading altogether.

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One Response to “Mininova Finally Hobbled”

  1. 1stdreamer Says:

    When there is not mininova we have to search for something else. I know that nothing can be better than mininova but right now we need something other than mininova. We will always respect mininova but for now let use see thig:

    http://bestofcomputers.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2615980-after-mininova

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