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Mininova B.V.
Screenshot of mininova.org home page
Type of businessBesloten Vennootschap (private limited liability company)
Type of site
Torrent directory and search engine
Available inEnglish
FoundedJanuary 2005; 19 years ago (2005-01)
DissolvedApril 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)
Key peopleErik Dubbelboer
Niek van der Maas
Revenue€1.1 million in 2007 (before taxes and expenses)[1][2]
AdvertisingBanner / text ads
LaunchedJanuary 19, 2005; 19 years ago (2005-01-19)
Current statusOffline

Mininova was 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[3] including torrents that enabled users to download copyrighted material.[4]

On April 4, 2017, Mininova shut down, saying that it had been running at a loss "for some years".[5]

Site history[edit]

The site was 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 ran 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. Archived from the original on 2018-09-20. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  2. ^ "Torrent search engine Mininova earning €1 million a year". Ars Technica. 2009-03-13. Archived from the original on 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  3. ^ Ernesto (November 27, 2010). "Mininova Dwarfed A Year After Going 'Legal'". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Daniel Emery (26 November 2009). "Court ruling forces Mininova to end illegal torrents". BBC News. Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Torrent Legend Mininova Will Shut Down For Good". TorrentFreak. 26 February 2017. Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Mininova.com is now ours! at Mininova blog". Blog.mininova.org. 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  7. ^ "'Mininova' the 9th Most Googled Word in 2006". Torrentfreak. 2006-12-19. Archived from the original on 2007-01-01. Retrieved 2006-12-19.
  8. ^ "Lawsuit + 5 billion downloads". 2008-05-28. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  9. ^ "The ultimate place for great videos!". Snotr. 2008-11-06. Archived from the original on 2018-06-05. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  10. ^ "Mininova Tests Out "Content Recognition System"". Zeropaid.com. May 21, 2009. Archived from the original on September 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  11. ^ "Zoeken in uitspraken". Rechtspraak.nl. 2008-04-29. Archived from the original on 2024-06-05. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
  12. ^ Mininova Traffic Plummets After Going ‘Legal’ Archived 2009-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, TorrentFreak.
  13. ^ "mininova.org - Site Info". Alexa. Jan 30, 2010. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 30 Jan 2010.
  14. ^ Mininova limits its activities to Content Distribution service Archived 2009-11-28 at the Wayback Machine. Mininova.org. Nov. 26, 2009
  15. ^ "Brein / Mininova settlement reached; lawsuit ended". Mininova. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2010.

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