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Mininova Tests Out “Content Recognition System”

Mininova Tests Out “Content Recognition System”

BitTorrent tracker site wants to make it "easier for copyright owners to remove torrents that refer to infringing content from Mininova."

Dutch-based BitTorrent tracker site Mininova has announced that it’s running a content recognition trial as part of its overall efforts to "improve" its platform.

"Today, we decided to extend our platform and run a trial with content recognition," says a blog post from today. "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."

The BitTorrent tracker site wants to help copyright holders.

"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," it adds.

Mininova is no doubt trying to better position itself when it faces the similarly Dutch-based anti-piracy organization BREIN later this month.

Mininova President Erik Dubbelboer said believes the upcoming case is not meant to determine the legality of BitTorrent tracker sites, but rather to determine what sort of filters they should be forced to use.

“The case wont say much about the legality of torrent sites, but it will give more insight into what measures BitTorrent indexers and similar services have to take in order to make sure that they don’t link to illegal content," Dubbelboer said previously. "In particular, it deals with the question of whether or not website owners have to actively filter content. In other words, is a notice and takedown policy sufficient or not."

This content recognition system trial is surely part of that effort.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
ejonesss
ejonesss

ok time to password protect content

Phoenix
Phoenix

guess it's time to wave mininova goodbye ! they'd better close the site rather then filtring content <_< sissy admins

Mai Naem
Mai Naem

I don't understand the problem that the content "owners" have with Mininova. They take down torrents on request. Think your copyright is being infringed on by a torrent? Ask them and they'll get rid of it. Are the content "owners" so lazy that they want Mininova to look after their copyrights?

Common Sense
Common Sense

Mininova, bunch of honest guys with brains and good common business sense.No hidden bank accounts on the British Virgin Islands and Guernsey like ThePiratebay, no shady right wing extremist Sugardaddy/investor nor a hosting provider who's CTO has a criminal record.Well done Mininova!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I agree with you.But its considered a dump site anyways..

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

Content "owners" have done that with YouTube and a few other sites... not to mention demanding ISPs to police their networks for them on numerous occasions. So yeah, I'd say they are that lazy at many times.

Both
Both

TPB just got sold out for big bucks and is in the happy process of becoming "legal". Satisfied?

Anonymous
Anonymous

haha they already have this torrent going on the site.."How to bypass mininovas copyright filter"



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