Yes, mininova shared illegal content. But I personally do not agree about the closing. The only think that it does is to create opportunities to other sites develop a similar system and gather users.
And BTW, Pirate bay is up and running very well, I would say.
If downloading a US series episodes is illegal, then yes, I will continue to do illegal downloads, since those series are not aired in Brasil, where I live and I want to be able to watch them. Since the original broadcasters/producers (like Showtime, for example) are not present in Brasil, and they do not allows us with Brasillian IPs to watch from the site, people will keep downloading it.
Also, many (the majority actually, except EA games) of the game companies do not sell officially in Brasil the games DVDs nor they allow us with International Credit Cards to buy from the US site, we will keep doing it.
And when they do sell, like Microsoft, they sell a Windows 7 Ultimate for R$ 700. That is 1,4 time the minimum salary in Brasil. It would be the same as Windows 7 costing US$ 1000 in US.. That is just ridiculous.