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Mininova B.V.
Logo of Mininova.svg
Mininova screenshot.png
Screenshot of mininova.org home page.
Type Besloten Vennootschap (Private limited liability company)
Founded January 2005; 11 years ago (2005-01)
Headquarters Netherlands
Revenue €1.1 million in 2007 (before taxes and expenses)[1][2]
Employees 5
Website www.mininova.org
Alexa rank Negative increase 43,941 (April 2016)[3]
Type of site torrent directory and search engine
Advertising Banner / text ads
Registration Optional
Available in English
Launched January 19, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-01-19)
Current status Online

Mininova is a website offering BitTorrent downloads. Mininova was once one of the largest sites offering torrents of copyrighted material, but in November 2009, following legal action in the Dutch courts, the site operators deleted all torrent files uploaded by regular users[4] including torrents that enabled users to download copyrighted material.[5]

Site history[edit]

The site is based in the Netherlands and was launched in January 2005 as a successor to Suprnova.org, which went offline at the end of 2004 following legal difficulties. In April 2007, Mininova B.V. (the company running Mininova.org) won a domain dispute about the domain mininova.com, which had been exploited by a phisher.[6]

The word ‘mininova’ ranked 9 on Google’s list of most queried terms in 2006.[7] In May 2008, Mininova indicated that there had been over 5 billion downloads via the site.[8] Mininova also runs a video sharing site, called Snotr.[9]

Legal action[edit]

In May 2009, the Dutch copyright enforcement organization BREIN started a civil procedure against Mininova demanding that Mininova filter torrent files pointing to copyrighted works. During the proceedings, Mininova stated that it was not feasible for the site to identify such files, but said that it would remove torrent files that BREIN identified as infringing copyright. On May 6, 2009, Mininova began a trial of a content recognition system, which was intended to remove any torrents that were flagged as infringing copyright.[10] On August 26, 2009, the court in Utrecht ruled that Mininova should remove all torrent files pointing to copyrighted material within three months or face damages of up to 5 million.[11]

On November 26, 2009, Mininova announced that it could not find a foolproof filtering system against copyrighted content, and limited its platform to Content Distribution torrents only, in compliance with the ruling of the Utrecht court. This resulted in more than 99.3% of the torrents on the site being removed. As a consequence, the website traffic dropped by 66% in a few days, and daily downloads fell down to 4% of the previous total.[12] According to Alexa Internet, the daily traffic rank in the USA dropped from within the top 100 ranked sites in Early November 2009 to below 1000 on January 30, 2010.[13]

Mininova appealed against the court ruling,[14] and in December 2010 reported that a settlement had been reached under which Mininova paid BREIN an undisclosed amount of money, ending the lawsuit.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The story about the €1 million revenue of Mininova". TorrentFreak TV S01E07. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Torrent search engine Mininova earning €1 million a year". Ars Technica. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Site Overview mininova.org". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Ernesto (November 27, 2010). "Mininova Dwarfed A Year After Going ‘Legal’". TorrentFreak. Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ Daniel Emery (26 November 2009). "Court ruling forces Mininova to end illegal torrents". BBC News. Retrieved December 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mininova.com is now ours! at Mininova blog". Blog.mininova.org. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  7. ^ "‘Mininova’ the 9th Most Googled Word in 2006". Torrentfreak. 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  8. ^ "Lawsuit + 5 billion downloads". 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  9. ^ "The ultimate place for great videos!". Snotr. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Mininova Tests Out "Content Recognition System"". Zeropaid.com. 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  11. ^ "Zoeken in uitspraken". Rechtspraak.nl. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  12. ^ Mininova Traffic Plummets After Going ‘Legal’, TorrentFreak.
  13. ^ "mininova.org - Site Info". Alexa. Jan 30, 2010. Retrieved 30 Jan 2010. 
  14. ^ Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service. Mininova.org. Nov. 26, 2009
  15. ^ "Brein / Mininova settlement reached; lawsuit ended". Mininova. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 

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