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Thread: UK cops arrest six alleged Oink music uploaders

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    IdolEyes787's Avatar Persona non grata
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    From The Register: "Cleveland police have today confirmed that six people have been arrested for allegedly sharing music files via the defunct BitTorrent tracker Five men aged between 19 and 33, and a 28-year-old woman were detained "in relation to uploading pre-release music", the force said in a statement. Three of the arrests were made on Friday 23 May, and three on Wednesday 28 May.

    All have been bailed without charge, pending further inquiries. A spokeswoman for Cleveland police was unable to provide details of which specific criminal law or laws the six are under suspicion of breaking.

    The swoop comes more than seven months after was shutdown by a widely-publicised raid at the Middlesbrough home of its adminstrator, 24-year old IT worker Alan Ellis. A coordinated move by Dutch police also seized the invitation-only website's servers, which were later returned wiped.

    Ellis remains on police bail under suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and infringement of copyright law. His bail has been repeatedly extended, with the next deadline set for 1 July.

    Reports of further arrests in the investigation emerged on Friday 30 May on the filesharing blog Torrentfreak. Today it cites sources saying that the majority of those arrested did not know Alan Ellis. It's claimed they have been asked to hand over details of their accounts, including passwords.

    Section 49 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act can be used by police to force suspects to disclose encryption keys and passwords. Failure to comply with with a section 49 order carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

    At the time of the shutdown, investigators took over the domain, posting a warning to the site's users. It said: "A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users." Many BitTorrent users had believed further arrests were unlikely, however.
    Control of the domain has since returned to its owner. was reckoned by many filesharers to be the internet's most complete music source. It focused on high quality files and featured trackers for pre-release material, which drew it special attention from record industry anti-piracy investigators."

    TorrentFreak: OiNK Pre-Releasers Accused of Conspiracy To Defraud Music Industry
    TorrentFreak: British Police Confirm Six OiNK Users Arrested
    Last edited by Hairbautt; 06-03-2008 at 11:22 AM. Reason: Updated.

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    Torrenting>Sex BT Rep: +2
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    Inside my chix underwear

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    jayz707's Avatar the human BT Rep: +1
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    WTF??? i thought there are violent criminals over there in UK stabbing people! but the police is busy arresting people who share music

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    wow didnt expect that to happen, i duno whether to be glad i wasnt a member of oink before or to say i miss it and want it to come back. defo second one but aint gna happen

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    Does that means that all UK registered Company did/will
    collaborate with the police to be ok with low ?

    thats bit spooky

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    colbert's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +1
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    I think the police should have more important things to do than catching people uploading one god damn album!

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    colombianino's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +3
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    sailing the p2p shoals...
    i still can't believe we have no piggy no mouuu .

    we could make a revolution and create a secret society and a new tracker to fight back! and take control once again over the oink. no wait, we already got waffly breakfast on our everyday meals .

    lol i just though: oink factor! "is it in you!?"

    ps: domain is down, i think so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by colbert View Post
    I think the police should have more important things to do than catching people uploading one god damn album!
    One album? Where does it say that? I do see mention of pre-release material, though.
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    Funkin''s Avatar home skillet BT Rep: +4
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    So, I'm a little confused. Were these people arrested in the UK or the US? I'm just a little confused because it says "Cleveland confirms...".

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