BitTorrent Tracker MiniNova Goes Legal-Only

MiniNova, one of the web's go-to aggregators for BitTorrent trackers, has deleted nearly every torrent on its site in response to a court order. Only torrents uploaded by approved partners in its legal distribution network survived the cull and will continue to be allowed.

There are, of course, plenty of alternatives for torrent fans, and technologies for a steadier BitTorrent future, but excuse us if we feel a tad bit nostalgic over the quieting of a brand name in torrent distribution.

TorrentFreak and BBC News


    YUSS!! with this and pirate bay's latest development, piracy is gonna get hit hard.

    well, i can be hopeful :)

      I don't think you quite understand what is happening to The Pirate Bay at the moment.

      Also, it's an aggregator. Not a tracker, nor a capper, nor a producer of any such pirated goods. It's at best one parallel avenue of distribution. To me, it's always seemed a little quixotic for them to go after these kind of sites. A bit like pulling leaves off a tree when you want to cut it down.

      Piracy hit hard? Nothing has changed. The Pirate Bay is still running they only shut their tracker down which isn't even needed (trackers do have their advantages of course). Mininova was just a glorified search engine geared specificity for torrents. I could think of a dozen such sites off the top of my head.


    And the sad thing is many in the anti-p2p lobby have yet to recognise the need for updated business models - some have, most have not. Until that happens, piracy will continue to be a main source of content for consumers.

      @Jordan this is neither positive nor negative - just a continuation of the same issue without a meaningful resolution in sight.

      much of music i've bought online has been direct from the artists' website, or through legal, DRM-free portals such as PayPlay. But not all digital content is available through such modern distribution channels, unfortunately.

      When distribution methods like PayPlay become the norm, it won't require legal action to do away with piracy - the majority of consumers will shift away from p2p (given the choice of guaranteed high speeds, virus-free, drm-free, legal content vs varying speeds, sometimes infected bittorrents etc?).

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