Dutch file-sharing website Mininova has been ordered to remove all copyright-protected material from its website within three months or face fines as high as €5m, Nos tv reports on Wednesday.
Anti piracy group Stichting Brein went to court in an effort to have thousands of files – such as films and music – removed.
Mininova, used by one million people a month in the Netherlands alone, had pledged to remove copyrighted material when alerted to its presence. But the foundation said this did not go far enough, Nos reported.
The judge said that although Mininova did not break copyright legislation itself, if did allow users to do so and ordered it to remove all suspect links within three months.
Last month Stichting Brein went to court to try to force Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to remove links to copyrighted material. It has so far refused to comply.
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