Music Industry Plans “Other Ways” to Punish OiNK Admin

Music Industry Plans “Other Ways” to Punish OiNK Admin

Angry over not guilty verdict that sent Alan Ellis free, and even let him keep the ₤200,000 pounds ($320,000 USD) he collected in user donations for running the famed BitTorrent tracker site.

Last week I mentioned how Alan Ellis, admin of the famed BitTorrent tracker site OiNK, and the first person to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing in the UK, had been acquitted of conspiracy to defraud in a trial closely watched by file-sharers and the music industry alike.

It was a stunning defeat for the music industry which spent 4yrs on the case only to watch it evaporate after a 90min jury deliberation.

The site was shutdown back on October 23rd, 2007 following a two-year investigation by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). However, adding insult to injury, OiNK was quickly replaced by no less than two similar music-oriented BitTorrent tracker sites — Waffles.fm and What.cd.

The IFPI had been quiet on the verdict until now, its chairman and chief executive, John Kennedy, saying at the a press conference to launch the release of its annual Digital Music report that the fight was not over, and that the record industry “will find other ways” to punish Ellis, civil proceedings being a possible option.

Who says the music industry isn’t a sore loser?

Stay tuned.

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