British police are raiding the homes of former OiNK members. OiNK was a private file-sharing website targeted at sharing music. The police are only arresting people who uploaded pre-released albums, at least for now.
These OiNK members are being charged with “Conspiracy to Defraud the Music Industry” which sounds absurd if you ask me. The music industry is trying to label OiNK as a criminal organization full of terrorists, which I’m sure it wasn’t.
File sharing is just that – file sharing. It is not stealing, it is not defrauding. Most people who share these files wouldn’t have purchased them anyways. Of course I do not condone file sharing of any form – I’m just saying it’s not the same as walking into a store and stealing some CD’s.
So if you were a frequent uploader of pre-released albums on OiNK, you might be next.