Music Torrent Site Oink has been busted, who´s next

Why did these agencies go after oink first, a torrent tracker that was hosting at least some torrents uploaded legitimately by indie labels, and one far smaller and less focused on pre-release albums than bigger trackers like mininova?

As one guy says:

OiNK was very well organized and was draconian about not allowing poorly encoded files to last very long on the tracker. The high quality of the site had to be a consideration when choosing to target it. On the larger free-for-all trackers there is no guarantee of quality… you cannot even be sure you are getting what you download. When such a site is outperforming legitimate retailers of online music in quality (not to mention empowering many independent artists) it makes more and more sense why it would be targeted.

Meanwhile,’s homepage has been replaced with an ominous warning:

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


~ by steelberryclones on October 25, 2007.

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