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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: Long live Piracy
By redbone75 on 10/23/2007 11:55:12 PM , Rating: 4
I certainly am not playing the devil's advocate here, so don't hate me for it. Here goes:

We ALL (well, 99.9999% of us) hate the RIAA/MPAA, but they are legal entities looking after their members' collective interests, in very much the same way other big businesses like oil, automobile, and electronics do. They have lobbyists to grab the ears of politicians, and they use their money to campaign for themselves (anti-piracy adds). We hate their tactics, but what would Shell Oil do if millions of John/Jane Does were siphoning off their oil without paying for it? They would sue, and they would want restitution for the product that was stolen.

We know that artists of member labels of the RIAA don't make squat off the cd's sold in stores, but that doesn't diminish the importance of the record labels themselves to the artists. They provide a means of public recognition of the artists, and that is provided in the deals the artists make when signed to the big labels. Things like radio airplay, ads, commercials and the like-- startup artists can't afford those things on their own. The record companies are a vehicle for the artists' success while touring and concerts provide the true bulk of an artist's money. Who do you think fronts the money for tour busses and travel expenses? Alanis Morissette said as much when she testified on behalf of Napster in its case against Metallica and the RIAA in that tiny little case years ago. Artists make money off of touring.

Artists have the option of not signing to the major labels and going through the struggles on their own to try to make it big. (That's how Cash Money Records got started. I'm from Louisiana, and I personally remember those guys selling music out of the trunks of their cars.) Most, though, want to make it big in a fast way, and sign their souls away on the dotted line. I know many local artists of Louisiana, Mississippi Georgia, that have big followings in the south, and they have no desire to sign to major labels. They, though, don't represent the majority of those artists that ply their trade. Most want to have the extravagant lifestyle they see on MTV Cribs, and that's what success on a major label provides, and that's what the RIAA is trying to protect. That, and the security of their labels' CEO's and higher ups to continue wiping their arses with with money rolls while sitting on golden crappers while flying in one amongst a fleet of private jets.

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