The Russian government has passed draft legislation to parliament which would compel companies such as Google and local giant Yandex to remove pirate sites from search results. If the law is passed, sites that fail to respond to takedown notices will be the initial targets.
Mininova, once the largest BitTorrent site on the Internet, will soon shut its doors for good. The site's forum will close next week followed by the rest of the site a month later. The Mininova team is proud of the role they played in Internet history but they are being forced to stop as their legal distribution platform isn't sustainable.