By: Spacelab Research Staff
After a two year investigation, the illegal download torrent OiNK has been raided by the police and Interpol (no, not the band) and shut down. It ends a reign of years of pre-release leaks, downloads, and access to lots of material that eventually infiltrated a variety of torrents, blogs, and download venues on the web. OiNK ws the equivalent of a Columbian drug supplier passing on cheap cocaine to midsize drug dealers.
According to the BBC, places in the U.K. and Amsterdam were raided, and an unidentified 24-year-old man was arrested for facilitating the site. Members were brought into the OiNK fold by invitation only, for an Eyes Wide Shut-like experience into the heady underground of illegal access.
"Once an album had been posted on the OiNK website, the users that download that music then passed the content to other websites, forums and blogs, where multiple copies were made. 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," said a spokesperson for International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
No word yet on arrests or lawsuits for the people that actually paid to be a part of the super-secret download service, but you have to guess that if you were dumb enough to give them anything other than cash, the police or Interpol or IFPI could be moving in on you next.
Today, the OiNK home page read the follwing cryptic message "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.
A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users"
Pull the blinds. Plot your escape. Leave the country.
And next time, maybe you can pay the people who made the music instead.