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Submission + - UK "considering" anti file-sharing laws

Zoxed writes: "Hard on the tail of the OiNK shutdown BBC News is reporting that "the UK government could legislate to crack down on illegal file-sharers".

Despite referring to intellectual property *theft* Lord Triesman, the parliamentary Under Secretary for Innovation, Universities and Skills "said that the government had no interest in "hounding 14-year-olds who shared music", it was intent on tracking down those who made multiple copies for profit."

(I leave it up to others on Slashdot to comment on the "Innovation" in Lord Triesman's title.)"
The Courts

Submission + - arrested for linking to television schedules ..->

rs232 writes: "'a 26-year-old Cheltenham man .. was arrested under section 92 of the Trade Mark Act, on suspicion of supplying property with a registered trademark, without permission .. TV-links, by all accounts, was (it is no more) a place where users could post links to content from TV shows'"
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Music

Submission + - Oink.CD Shut Down

Marie writes: Looks like popular invitation-only BitTorrent tracker Oink.cd (formerly Oink.me.uk) has finally been shut down. The homepage reads that the shutdown was due to an investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police. Sounds like it took an international effort to take them down (and no, that's not the International Federation of Pirates Interests). The most worrisome part? "A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users."
The Courts

Submission + - Oink is in trouble again!->

oinker writes: As reported on the MTV site as Music File-Sharing Site OiNK Shut Down Following Criminal Investigation possibly the top music sharing BitTorrent site has be shut down after a two year criminal investigation. It appears that the magic recipe to getting shut down is making money (in this case through donations) and making commercial albums available before their official release date. Today the approximately 180,000 users are wondering is they are in trouble as when one visits the site the warning reads

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.

I can see how this can be scary for those living in the land of the free, just not free MP3s, that is.

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Privacy

Submission + - OiNK Servers Raided; Admin Arrested

54mc writes: "Oink.cd, A popular, yet exclusive bittorrent tracker has gone down. TorrentFreak reports that the servers were raided and seized by agents working under IFPI. The new homepage indicates that the IFPI will be conducting an investigation into the identities and activities of the users of the site. TorrentFreak also points out that IFPI has threated such before, but nothing has ever come of it."
The Internet

Submission + - OiNK has been shutdown.->

Monkeyknifightz writes: " OiNK.cd has been shutdown and their servers confiscated. A 24-year-old admin was arrested today in Middlesbrough and the server data is being analyzed to identify users "criminal" activities.

"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""

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Music

Submission + - OiNK BitTorrent Site Shutdown

geekboxjockey writes: It is a sad day in the world of file-sharing. According to the BBC in this article it appears that the mecca of online music file-sharing OiNK was shutdown today. Will the music industry ever realize that their arcane methods of music distribution further motivate all the solutions that starve them of profit?
Music

Submission + - OiNK Busted!

An anonymous reader writes: According to slyck.com "In what is being touted as a victory against the "biggest source of illegal pre-release chart albums", the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) concluded a joint two year investigation that has lead to the dismantling of the popular BitTorrent site OiNK. British and Dutch police coordinated their efforts which led to the arrest of the site administrator in the UK, and the seizure of OiNK's servers in Amsterdam." more here: http://www.slyck.com/story1605_OiNK_Busted
Music

Submission + - Oink.cd Shut Down

JoeInnes writes: Oink.cd shut down today, apparently undergoing investigation by the BPI, amongst several other copyright owners. According to the website oink.cd, all the sites users are undergoing criminal investigations.
Censorship

Submission + - OiNK is taken down by Interpol, admin arrested 2

QuietR10t writes: Scott Gilbertson from Wired raises an interesting point: "However, there is one interesting quote in the IFPI's press release. Jeremy Banks, head of the IFPI's Internet Anti-Piracy Unit, says in the press release: "OiNK was central to the illegal distribution of pre-release music online. 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." (emphasis mine)

The IFPI seems to be making a distinction of scale between professional piracy groups and friends sharing files, even if, so far as I know, copyright laws in Britain (and the U.S.) make no such distinctions."
http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/10/oink-is-the-lat.html

There are also rumors of investigation into users, but with 180k users I'm not sure they would know where to start.
United States

Submission + - Chinese tech xports: The human cost of business->

An anonymous reader writes: FTA: Their lungs shut down... their kidneys fail... they lose limbs. They endure horrible conditions for substandard pay, all so Americans and the rest of the world can enjoy an uninterrupted flow of cut rate technology and merchandise. The freelancer for the Tribune spent nearly a year interviewing the workers in the factories, as well as the companies who buy their goods. I had to replace the battery in my cell phone this morning, and now can't help but think of the workers who pack the cadmium in there by hand every day.
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Music

Submission + - Pigs say, no more OiNK!

tMav writes: Today, eager music lovers all over the world woke up to discover that the popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK has been shut down. The BBC News is reporting the raid and the site now responds only with the increasingly familiar 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.

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