OiNK.cd, one of the largest BitTorrent destinations for music online, was shut down today in a joint investigation between Interpol, the IFPI, BPI and local authorities in the United Kingdom and Netherlands. Authorities arrested an unnamed 24-year-old man suspected to be the site’s owner, as well as raided his UK residence, the office of his employer, his father’s house, as well as numerous facilities in the Netherlands where the site was hosted.
Much like many of the fallen sites before it, OiNK.cd’s front page was changed to a single message written by an unidentified party: “This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police (FIOD ECD) into suspected illegal music distribution.”
Immediately following it is an ominous warning, informing visitors that “a criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users.”
According to the IFPI, OiNK was responsible for leaking 60 major pre-release albums in 2007, with an unspecified numbers of albums in years past. OiNK’s estimated 180,000 users financed the site via “donations” paid by credit or debit card, and in return the site continued to host a staggering number amount of music, much of it in high-quality FLAC format.
“This was not a case of friends sharing music for pleasure. This was a worldwide network that got hold of music they did not own the rights to and posted it online,” said IFPI spokesman Jeremy Banks. “Within a few hours of a popular pre-release track being posted on the OiNK site, hundreds of copies can be found further down the illegal online supply chain.”
quote: It honestly makes me nausious to think this person is under the impression that its ok to have thoughts about young kids like this.
quote: Umm, did it ever occur to you that even you were probably attracted to minors, when you were a minor?
quote: Until you have checked his ID to know his age, it's pretty silly to attack someone on the internet assuming you know their age.
quote: My argument has absolutely nothing to do with homosexuality.
quote: Pedophiles commit crimes (or think about committing crimes) against children.
quote: No one in society, except for the pedophiles, condone their activity, and in fact, everyone besides the pedophiles want to rid them of our society because its wrong and its a crime.
quote: But your manner of arguing it is poor at best.
quote: No, but it echoes the same argument used by anti-homosexual groups.
quote: At one point homosexuality was illegal, or at least the activities involved with homosexuality (sodomy, etc.)
quote: And not every pedophile actively searches out sexual activity with minors.
quote: Do they think about illegal activities? Sure. But last I checked (and I'm fairly up to date on criminal codes) it's not illegal to personally contemplate a crime. To plan it with others? Yes. But if personally thinking about something was a crime, I'd be guilty of dozens of murders, thefts, embezzlements, and many other crimes.
quote: While you try to say that people are adamantly against pedosexualism, I'm not sure the actual boundaries are that well defined.
quote: To what degree do people find "pedosexualism" wrong? If a 21 year old is dating a 17 year old who graduated high school early and has already left school, is that wrong? What if she hasn't graduated yet? What if he's 22? This is a very hard topic to draw a hard line as to what is right and what is wrong, and is entirely dependant on a person's own ethics and morals. While you try to say that people are adamantly against pedosexualism, I'm not sure the actual boundaries are that well defined.
quote: To what degree do people find "pedosexualism" wrong?
quote: And as to calling me a homosexual: I'm married (to a woman, thank you) and have two kids. I'm making these statements because I abhor the poorly made arguments that permeate the internet.
quote: Someone who is 25, 35, 45, 55, etc having those thoughts about someone who is 8, 10, 15, etc - is not considered normal. Its wrong, in every way, shape, and form.
quote: Umm, did it ever occur to you that even you were probably attracted to minors, when you were a minor?Until you have checked his ID to know his age, it's pretty silly to attack someone on the internet assuming you know their age.
quote: While I don't agree with the thing about pedosexuals (being one myself)
quote: After the world wide drug use epidemic was crushed a few years back, oh and after all of the murderers and pedophiles in the world were caught, oh and after we eliminated domestic terror cells, oh and after... where was I again?
quote: ...lawn enforcement...
quote: OiNK was responsible for leaking 60 major pre-release albums in 2007
quote: Take down OiNK, though, and you instantly halt ALL of the file-sharing