Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mininova is filtering content

I was looking for How I met your mother s04e23 for weeks, and it never appeared, so I didn't
understand what was going on, I checked the episode air date and it was 10 days ago, then I
asked my friend Google and the torrent appeared in pirate bay.
That was strange, why the torrent wasn't listed in Mininova... I asked Google again and I got a
response from torrentfreak guyz, here is what I found

Mininova Filters Copyright Infringing Torrents
Written by Ernesto on May 06, 2009

Just a few days before their court appearance, Mininova, the largest
BitTorrent site on the Internet, has started to filter content. The site is
using a third party content recognition system that will detect and
remove torrent files that link to copyright infringing files.

Starting today, Mininova will use a content recognition system that detects and
removes torrent files linking to copyright infringing files. The system will also
prevent the torrents from being re-uploaded to mininova later on.

Mininova co-founder Niek told TorrentFreak that the system will be tested for 12
weeks with only a few titles. With this trial Mininova collaborates with an association
representing several TV/movie content owners. Niek couldn’t tell us which one, but
our best guess would be that it’s the MPA(A).

The content removal system should be seen as an extension of the existing copyright
policy according to Niek, who also said that the current trial will be used to find out
whether the content recognition system is a workable and effective solution.

The system was selected by the copyright holders themselves who want an easier
way to get torrent files removed than the current notice and takedown policy, and it
is operated by an undisclosed third party. Interestingly, this collaboration does not
mean that the upcoming court case against BREIN is off the table.

Later this month BREIN hopes to convince the court that Mininova has to filter its
search results, so that all .torrent files which may point to unauthorized content are
removed. Up until now, Mininova refused to interfere with the search results,
claiming that the DMCA take-down procedure they have is good enough. This has
clearly changed now.

The response from Mininova’s users is mostly negative, with one commenter saying
“Shame to see such a nice site decide to go hang itself,” and another adding “Wow,
guess you guys are caving under the pressure. Too bad its all over now.”

The effectiveness of this filtering system, and how it will affect mininova’s popularity
is yet to be seen, but it sure is a radical development.

Fooking wussies

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