Today, we decided to extend our platform and run a trial with content recognition. This basically means that likely infringing video files referred to by torrents are checked by a third party content recognition system. If the system finds that the file corresponds to unauthorized content, we remove and block the torrent that refers to this file on Mininova.
We hope that this system will make it easier for copyright owners to remove torrents that refer to infringing content from Mininova, while still offering the best platform to our users.
BREIN is Holland’s version of the RIAA and MPAA combined.
“As two of the people behind MiniNova, the Dutch BitTorrent index and search site, Erik Dubbelboer (left) and Niek van der Maas are both automatically labelled as scurvy pirates, determined to drive the poor, hard-pressed corporate movie and music industries into the ground,” said p2pnet recently.
“That’s what the entertainment cartel PR machines would have you believe, at any rate, and with that contention in the background, the studios and labels want to see MiniNova in court,” we said, continuing:
” ‘BREIN … hopes the court will force Mininova to filter its search results, so that all .torrent files which may point to unauthorized content are removed,’ a Mininova spokesman told p2pnet last year. ‘We can’t elaborate on the content of the negotiations, but BREIN said they will press summons ASAP’.”
However, “the negotiations fell through and now MiniNova will square off with the entertainment industry in about two months,” we added.
That brings us to May and with it, the filter system.
“Mininova works together with an association representing several TV/movie content owners, and although Niek couldn`t tell us which one, it is likely to be the MPA(A),” he says, adding »»»
The content removal system is an extension of the current 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 content owners themselves, who want an easier way to get torrent files removed than the current notice and takedown policy. However, 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. We hope that this system will make it easier for copyright owners to remove torrents that refer to infringing content from Mininova, while still offering the best platform to our users, the Mininova team said.
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 filter, and how it will affect mininova`s popularity is yet to be seen, but it sure is a radical development.
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