Oink No More

So now that Oink is gone and the record industry got back those 180,000 people, will we see sales increase over the next couple of weeks? I’m personally all for the argument that downloading music increases the chances of me making a purchase in the future. Wether it be opening my pocket to see the band live, purchasing their product, and/or spreading the word to others who would do the same.

In the news:

OiNK Website Shutdown – BBC video on You Tube

Huge pirate music site shut down – BBC News
The BBC quotes a police spokesperson:

“This extremely lucrative and creative scheme consisted of a private file-sharing website being set up.”

Creative scheme? Bit Torrent is a “creative scheme”, created by Oink? Are the police just trying to put this into news friendly terms? Or do they seriously misunderstand the site they’ve been investigating for the past 2 years?

Interview with Oink web host
“We’re just hoping they return our 30,000 euro servers as soon as possible.”

Oink Busted
“Users were, ‘potentially evading licence fees, subscription fees to digital services…’” “Potentially? So now they’re nailing people for something they might, or might not, do.”

OiNK Admin Released From Custody
“More interesting perhaps, how did they gain access to the OiNK domain, and why are they allowed to spread this propaganda? They are not a law-enforcement agency.”

Defending the Pig – Oink Croaks
DJ Rupture on Oink and why it’s good for music.

OiNK Database Didn’t ‘Self Destruct’, Wasn’t Encrypted But Users Safe?
“Following the raid at OiNK, many of the 180,000 members are very concerned about what’s happening with their details. The rumor: The OiNK database was encrypted and self-destructed. The truth: It wasn’t and it didn’t but ex-users still might be safe.” … “the logs we store aren’t enough to incriminate users.”

Alan Ellis (Oink) answers some questions
It’s great that after all this, he still made himself available to the users, and was able to do so.

4 Responses to “Oink No More”

  1. mike says:

    http://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-to-bring-back-oink-071026/

    thepiratebay.org setting up a new OiNK replacement? Unfortunately it won’t be nearly as good as the original, as it will be a public tracker and probably won’t have the strict rules that OiNK enforced. Still a step in the right direction though.

  2. huphtur says:

    Damn c00ler, you’re just screaming for RIAA/MPAA/FBI/OMG/WTF to arrest you with all your illegal practices right?

  3. foxxyz says:

    OiNK wasn’t much different than Google in most respects; it organized data (both legal and illegal) in a structured way, so its users could find data fast and efficiently. It’s a futile effort on the law enforcement’s and record label’s part. And OiNK himself probably will never be sentenced for anything.

    Another good article worth a read: http://www.demonbaby.com/blog/2007/10/when-pigs-fly-death-of-oink-birth-of.html

  4. Bill says:

    Nice link Foxxyz – It’s so true that it’s the labels with the problems. If they want to find a way to make some cash on this, that’s up to them. It’s just of no concern to artists or consumers.

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