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Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
11-26-2009, 08:21 PM, (This post was last modified: 12-21-2010, 09:16 AM by FastTadpole.)
Mininova, Torrent-finder, UG Bite the Dust. ISOhunt, Demonoid and TPB under Fire
Quote:Today is an important day in the history of Mininova. From now on, we are limiting to our Content Distribution service. By doing so, we comply with the ruling of the Court of Utrecht of last August.

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 (Dutch link) 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.
“Everything Popular Is Wrong” - Oscar Wilde
11-27-2009, 02:02 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
yea what a shame, never used it, but any torrent site going down is bad news
11-27-2009, 11:38 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
This one has become faaaar to big. People should use the smaller sites anyway. Not as easy to track.
11-27-2009, 04:05 PM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
And Demonoid is still down ... Huh
11-28-2009, 02:18 PM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
(11-27-2009, 11:38 AM)Hans Olo Wrote: This one has become faaaar to big. People should use the smaller sites anyway. Not as easy to track.

Hans (or anyone) are there any of the "smaller" sites that you would be willing to recommend ?

Whether registration is required ... or not ...

... or whether they are subject specific (like ConCen) ... or not ...

I and other forum members would be interested. Smile

Thanks in advance !!
11-28-2009, 08:36 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-28-2009, 08:37 PM by Easy Skanking.)
RE: Mininova bites the dust
AS a partial list...

Public/Dump sites:
Torrent Reactor
Torrent Hound
Bush Torrents
Torrent Portal
Torrent freak

Private Sites:
scene machine
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
11-28-2009, 08:39 PM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
TV Shows

E-Learning and Education


Mixed all purpose (like Mininova)

Portals with links to other torrent sites
11-29-2009, 08:30 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
Taking a look at all those sites listed above, I can't help but notice ConCen stands out very much.

Och, we're a wacky site, no?
11-29-2009, 09:45 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
MAX wackiness
12-01-2009, 02:45 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
For some more decent torrent sites:

Private Tracker with Groups and Discussion

Private Trackers:

Anime -- or just go the fansub site:

Documentaries: (waldo)

TorrentFreak: 10 Alternatives To Mininova (Public)
There are no others, there is only us.
12-04-2009, 01:27 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
Mininova was definitely in the top 5 of public torrent trackers..

Hans Olo,
I see you mentioned Might you have some spare invite by any chance? Heard that there are many good and valuable educational materials and so I would be glad to check them out.

I have and invites! Anyone interested?
02-14-2010, 02:23 PM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
LOL @ using seedpeer, their website logo is a bigass red shield with a skull and crossbones in the middle of it and a crown on top.

“I'm not from earth. I'm here on a research project. I'm preparing a paper on the psychosomatic ailments of pre-Apocalyptic condominium dwellers.”
-Sappho, Ash Ock

The Mushrooms once said to me "You must have a plan. If you don't have a plan, you will become part of someone else's plan."
-Terence McKenna
02-18-2010, 09:53 AM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
I also would be interested in a Invite if anyone had one to spare.
I could offer a invite.
03-31-2010, 09:57 PM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
Next up on the chopping block: IsoHunt

Quote:US Court Wants isoHunt to Remove Infringing Torrents
Written by Ernesto on March 31, 2010

A United States court wants isoHunt to stop inducing copyright infringement via torrents that can be found through the popular BitTorrent search engine. The proposed injunction would require isoHunt to censor its site based on a list of keywords. A similar measure led to the quasi-shutdown of Mininova last year.

In an ongoing legal battle with MPAA-represented movie studios, a Californian court has now proposed a permanent injunction that would require isoHunt to maintain a list of banned keywords and remove torrents that match items found on it.

The proposed keyword filter is a suggestion from the movie studios that was taken over by the court. Last year, a Dutch court ordered fellow torrent site Mininova to install a similar measure. The operators of Mininova found it technically unfeasible to pre-approve or filter every potentially infringing torrent file, so restricted their torrent offerings to uploads made by approved users instead.

IsoHunt owner Gary Fung has no faith in a filtering mechanism either. He previously told TorrentFreak that such a measure “raises serious issues on the balance between freedom of speech, fair use and copyright protectionism,” as it would also filter out many torrent files that are in the public domain, or distributed with the consent of copyright holders.

It has to be noted that the court’s suggestion is not yet a final order. Fung told TorrentFreak that he will certainly be objecting to the proposal. Instead of a keyword filter Fung has prepared a ‘lite’ version of isoHunt that would address the judge’s concern on inducing copyright infringement.

The lite version of the site is nothing more than a big search box similar to other search engines such as Google. Unlike the present site where users can browse through various torrent categories, the lite version should not induce copyright infringement any more than other search engines, Fung reasons.

Whether or not the court will accept this lite version, it is unlikely that isoHunt will start to actively filter content from the site in the future. The ultimate measure would be to block access to visitors from the United States, which would also be sufficient to comply with the court’s demands.

Quote:The US court ruled, in late December 2009, in Summary Judgment that we were liable for secondary copyright infringement, you may have read about it in the news. What you have not heard however is what happened since the status conference in January. The Judge, at the status conference, agreed to provide us after the injunction phase, but before the damages phase, with an interlocutory appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before we appeal however, we must undergo injunction motions and that's what we are doing now. Plaintiffs have filed their motion with their proposed measure for injunction a couple of weeks ago. The Plaintiffs proposed injunction and its keyword type filter, in our view, raises serious issues on the balance between freedom of speech, fair use and copyright protectionism. Such keyword filter is also impossible to implement if it's to have any sort of precision, nor can it avoid conflict with fair use cases, free commerce, or extra-territorial law. We have just filed our response in opposition:
There are no others, there is only us.
03-31-2010, 11:36 PM,
RE: Mininova bites the dust
one down another pops up..

Quote:RIAA Nemesis Launches Media Search Engine
Written by Ernesto on March 31, 2010

Pablo Soto, the 30 year-old brain behind the file-sharing applications Blubster, Piolet and Manolito is being sued by the Spanish RIAA, but that hasn’t stopped him from launching another P2P venture. This week his company launched the media search engine FooFind, allowing users to search the web for torrents, Ed2k links and more.

In 2008, under the umbrella of the local RIAA, Warner Music, Universal Music, EMI and Sony filed a lawsuit against Pablo’s company, MP2P Technologies.

The labels argued that they lost a substantial amount of revenue because of the software he created, and are demanding a massive 13 million euros ($17.5m) from the Spaniard. The case is still ongoing, but Pablo is undeterred and has launched a new file-sharing related project this week.

His latest invention is a media search engine that enables users to find millions of media files online. The site, named Foofind, scours the web for torrent, Ed2k, Gnutella, FTP and HTTP links pointing to all kinds of media. At the time of publication the site is already indexing more than 10 million files and this number is growing rapidly.

The idea behind the site is simple according to Pablo. “The internet is not just the hypertext available in the world wide web,” he told TorrentFreak. “Content has many other media formats and is available on many other networks. So why not index it all?”

Pablo discussed the project with his legal advisers and he is confident that it operates within the boundaries of the law. All users get to see when they go to the site is a big search box and none of the files (or links to files) are actually hosted on Foofind’s servers.

“We are being extremely respectful of our laws – even the president of the Spanish RIAA just said that there isn’t an infraction on Foofind. Still, they will probably file a lawsuit, just because they can. But we don’t expect real troubles, as we know that it is absolutely legal.”

Pablo and his team are currently focused on expanding the site in terms of content, hoping to make it the largest specialized media search engine on the Internet. “We are working hard to make it crawl and index more and more files from more and more networks, so we’ll see Foofind growing to huge proportions in terms of results available,” Pablo said.

Foofind might be an example of what many other torrent and file-sharing related search engines will look like in the future. IsoHunt has already made a step in the same direction with the release of isoHunt ‘lite’ and others are considering taking similar steps to avoid legal trouble.

Foofind is available in English and Spanish and the source code of the website has been released under a GPLv3 license.

Seems the p2p crackdown has stepped up a notch.

2000 Fallout Downloaders Sued
British Laws Under Discussion

.. even the indie filmmakers are trying to get a piece of the pie

Indie Filmmakers Sue Thousands of BitTorrent Users
There are no others, there is only us.

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