OiNK Shut Down

Members-only music-sharing site OiNK was shut down yesterday by British and Dutch police as part of an Interpol investigation. Police arrested a 24 year old man from Middlesborough, England, raided the man’s employer and home of the man’s father, and seized OiNK’s servers in Amsterdam. OiNK, a BitTorrent tracker, “hosted hundreds and thousands of torrents with over a million peers” and was a popular source for leaked pre-release albums. It’s invitation-only membership policy gave OiNK cachet and, ostensibly, greater security from music industry attack. No more. I’m curious to know more about how Interpol built its case.

3 thoughts on “OiNK Shut Down”

  1. During high school I took part in the illegal downloading trend, until the threats in the media started seeming more real and imminent. I now only use iTunes, and have lost track of the latest downloading server available. After reading this post, I remembered hearing a bit about it when flipping through the TV, and seeing a report from BBC. This lead me to do a bit of Google investigation.

    Interpol formed its case against OiNK, while representing the interests of: the UK music industry group, the International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers.( http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/10/oink-is-the-lat.html) Interpol made its case by differentiating servers that are used by friends sharing with friends vs. a mass illegal distribution of music.

    It is not yet clear how strong of a case Interpol actually has against OiNK, but this case should set a precedent for defining illegal mass-distribution on internet servers vs. friends sharing music with friends.

  2. It seems as if shutting down sites like these have been a trend lately. Although it would be interesting to see how Interpol built its case over OiNK, I am even more curious to see the case against a site called tv-links. Tv-links, unlike OiNK, doesn’t host any infringing sites; it simply just links to infringing sites. Therefore, these sites are still available over the web, and not only that, but search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, can link these sites as well.

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