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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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By omnicronx on 10/23/2007 8:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
OiNK was responsible for leaking 60 major pre-release albums in 2007
They personally released songs? Or they hosted songs released by a group, theres a big difference. Personally although its a grey line, I do not see how technically a torrent site is illegal. As they do not physically host the files, or even physically link you to the files themselves.

I still don't understand why these groups go after these sites, they are not the ones that actually release the material. Go after the release groups that put them up in the first place...

RE: responsible
By mdogs444 on 10/23/2007 8:55:11 PM , Rating: 3
Even if they didnt host the torrents themselves, you could look at it from a different perspective:

Aiding & Abetting : A criminal charge of aiding and abetting or accessory can usually be brought against anyone who helps in the commission of a crime, though legal distinctions vary by state. A person charged with aiding and abetting or accessory is usually not present when the crime itself is committed, but he or she has knowledge of the crime before or after the fact, and may assist in its commission through advice, actions, or financial support.

So the argument could come to that, because the bittorrent sites do have knowledge of the crime before, or after the fact, and are assisting in the "crime".

RE: responsible
By FoxFour on 10/23/2007 9:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect that it's a matter of effect.

You take down one release group, it doesn't really slow things down much. Even if you take down 5 of them, you're only starting to put a temporary dent in the pre-release scene.

Take down OiNK, though, and you instantly halt ALL of the file-sharing (scene, older music, apps, books) that was going on between those 180000 users, until they regroup elsewhere. Many of them, like myself, WON'T return until a replacement with the same level of quality as OiNK shows up. The current alternatives that I have access to are pathetic in comparison, and I won't bother to use them.

What they (the recording instry, etc) DON'T understand is that I also WON'T be buying any CD's or software in the interim. I wasn't paying for it before, and I'm not going to pay for it now. They're not going to increase revenues from folks like me by shutting down the BT sites. Hell, the last 4 CD's I bought at retail were albums I had already downloaded in FLAC from OiNK. I got the albums there, had listened for a week or two, and then decided to buy. That's going to be revenue LOST.

RE: responsible
By omnicronx on 10/23/2007 10:04:56 PM , Rating: 2
Take down OiNK, though, and you instantly halt ALL of the file-sharing
No you don't, you just divert traffic elsewhere, just as with the release groups. Both ways are pretty inaffective.

RE: responsible
By piroroadkill on 10/24/2007 4:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree to a certain extent - OiNK had a unique appeal I find rarely replicated elsewhere - a quality community with a dedication to high fidelity music. This is instantly torn away from the users of the site, with no clear alternative

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