Tuesday, October 30, 2007

OiNK, ‘Biggest Pre-Release Pirate Music Site,’ Shut Down

OiNK, reportedly one of the world’s largest sources of pre-release pirated music according to Breitbart, was shut down yesterday by British and Dutch police. The site had a reputation for distributing music weeks ahead of the official launch, with 60 such albums being released online this year. OiNK, run by an unnamed 24-year-old in northeast England town Middlesbrough, had approximately 180,000 members. To join one had to prove they had music to offer, and were required to continuously post music to maintain membership, said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The site’s Amsterdam-based servers were seized last week.


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