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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 mindless1 on 10/27/2007 12:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
Who are you to judge, really?

100 or more years ago, there were not these taboos. Does having modern appliances and conveniences make it more of a problem, or less of a problem to date someone of significantly different age?

I am not suggesting it's ok to attempt a relationship with a minor, under 18 is too young. ON the other hand, the idea that an age difference is an excuse to cut someone's balls off is just stupidity. Yes we have laws to protect minors and they should be inforced, but physical mutilation because of a few dates or even (gasp!) sex? You are a prime example of someone who should be locked in a prison cell and left there forever.

The key is that your thoughts don't matter, to the extent of imposing punishment on others. You are not god and won't ever be. If two adults consent to something, you're just an idiot to pass judgement and suggest a cruel punishment. This is in reference to an age difference, not to dating/more a minor. Minors should be left alone to decide their own course in life without predators interfering.

On the other hand, once one is physically mature, has spend enough time past puberty, they should be entitled to make adult decisions regardless of an arbitrary age limit.

DO you realize that your ancestors almost certain include women who chose to be girlfriends/mothers/wifes/etc before age 18? Today youth mature at an even faster pace, are more emotionally and sexually mature than your ancestors were at age 18. The moment you try to play "you know better", your god complex is impeding on the very rights that founded all free society.

There are two important factors:

1) Parents do not psychologically stunt their child's developement. The child should be left to mature and make life decisions appropriate to their age.

2) Soemone who is sexually mature has all the rights you do to make decisions regarding mates. If they were oppressed or abused and it stunts their emotional ability, the answer is to retrain the parent, as it is the cause and the solution until the child is of legal consent age. Once that child is of legal consent age, it's not up to anyone except that individual who they date, marry, etc.

I pity you for your random idea someone should be limited to marrying only among a small group of those having similar age. It is not a matter of feeling you are superior to be conservative, it makes you a puppet instead. At the same time, finding the right mate who is similar in age could be considered an ideal, but if that ideal isn't realized, your artificial limits are just foolish, and criminal if acted out in the manner you suggested.

So you advocate criminal activity. What a good example you are of someone who should never be allowed to date, marry or propigate if we're going to play god about it.

Look yourself in the mirror and realize how low you have sunk. Even if you were kidding about castration, a measure of a man is not what he really means, it is what he really DOES, his works and communication. Thinking good thoughts means nothing, it's your outward impact that matters. Chew on that for awhile.

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