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This is all that remains of, one of the most prominent music sharing sites on the web.  (Source: DailyTech)
Second UK-based piracy closure in less than a week, 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,’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.”

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RE: About time
By ZoZo on 10/23/2007 6:59:50 PM , Rating: 3
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?

You're right. Until all pedophiles and murderers are cought, everyone is free to do any less severe crime.

RE: About time
By Tsuwamono on 10/23/2007 7:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
Well now that we are in agreement, im going to go sleep with your wife then steal your car..

RE: About time
By T4RTER S4UCE on 10/23/2007 8:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
He's just saying its rediculous that police should spend time and money following the demands of record industries instead of trying to save lives and make the world a better place.

RE: About time
By mdogs444 on 10/23/2007 8:51:07 PM , Rating: 3
That would be a correct interpretation.

And as much as I am not for the RIAA/MPAA, etc....we all must still realize that as we citizens pay taxes that fund the police/govt for our protection, the people (recording artists, etc) & businesses also pay taxes to the police/govt for their protection.

So as distasteful as it may sound to some of the "pro-piracy" backers, the facts are facts, and the police/govt has a responsibility not only to individual citizens, but also the businesses that operate here as well.

RE: About time
By helios220 on 10/23/2007 10:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
It would appear that this thread took quite a tangent. Regardless, I still agree with mdogs. My original statement was obviously rife with sarcasm and not meant to represent my whole and complete opinion on the topic of piracy, it's obviously a much more complex issue.

Regardless of whether or not like it, the law is the law and in the very name lawn enforcement there is a not so subtle hint at the responsibilities of the police. However, where do you draw the line between how much time, money and manpower should be spent curbing piracy when there are more serious issues to deal with? Experience has shown that when people with lots of money have problems, they tend to be addressed more quickly than those faced by the average person.

Money is power. Personally I think that blows since I don't have much of either, but that's just the way the world turns.

RE: About time
By helios220 on 10/23/2007 10:23:59 PM , Rating: 5
...lawn enforcement...

You will be arrested and sentenced to death if you don't use Scotts® Turf Builder® WinterGuard™ With PLUS 2® Weed Control.

RE: About time
By mdogs444 on 10/23/2007 10:28:27 PM , Rating: 2
As men, we dont cut grass....we mow lawn.


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