There was a false alarm around the time of Zeitgeist, but this time OiNK.cd seems to have met its match, disappointing bloggers, scoundrels, and fans of cute avatars worldwide. Via BBC:

A flat on Teesside and several properties in Amsterdam were raided as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK.

The UK-run site has leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone, said the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

A 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough was arrested on Tuesday morning.

According to Reuters, OiNK had just 180,000 members. But then each of those members has a blog. So OiNK was like internet piracy’s Velvet Underground. Or something.

Can’t be long before the code for running your own OiNK pops up somewhere, right? We can have an informal meetup/support group somewhere. Just pick a bar in the comments and we’ll plan.

Also worth noting: According to BBC, “The site’s servers, based in Amsterdam, were seized in a series of raids last week.” Soooo if you’ve downloaded anything in the last week…

 
Comments (77)
  1. elk  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    bye bye ratio…

  2. John K.  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    My hard drive is gonna have a disappointing Christmas.

  3. clamps  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    time to buy a new hard drive and install everything and dump the old one, in case you get subpoena’d. or buy copies of your entire library.

  4. pirate fay  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    24-year-old man from Middlesbrough should’ve bought his own island.

  5. nattany  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    this may be the worst news i’ve ever read, but i’ll feel better if everybody coughs up the sites worth hitting in the wake of oink. there was yahtzee, but that seems sort of down too. what else?

  6. paolo  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    good thing I live in Canada where file sharing is kinda-notreally-sorta legal.

  7. poopypants  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    could individual users actually be targeted too? it seems ridiculous to think 180,000 people would have to worry…maybe just those who actually uploaded the prerelease torrents to the site or those who donated money? should everyone be shitting their pants??? i am…

  8. gaaaah  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    ohhh man oh man. unbelievable. what a loss. I am all about forming a support group; i’ll need one once this really sets in. so much great music (and a lot of crap as well) that never would’ve graced my earholes were it not for the pig. and the major artists were such a small part of the site. so many unknowns and a ton of stuff that you can’t even find nowadays (that world music selection was bonkers). srsly RIP

    anyone else surprised how this seemed to come out of nowhere? wonder if Mr. Middlesborough expected it at all, or anybody else in the community. any legal armchair experts want to predict what they might charge this guy with, if it will stick, and the likelihood that they’re going to come after me next? i’m familiar with the tactics of the RIAA. the IFPI and the BPI notsomuch.

    from the site: “A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site’s
    users”

    woooo scary stuff just in time for halloween

  9. Jimmy  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    how am i going to get billy corgan’s seminal wankfest now?

  10. some guy  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    But now where will I leak all these Karen O demos that I found in the trash?!?!?!?!

  11. steve  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    haha, fuckers! i didn’t upload a single kilobyte. used up my 5GB of downloads and ran.

    also- omg rip lol, etc.

  12. Luke  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    from the site: “A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site’s
    users”

    woooo scary stuff just in time for halloween
    Posted by: gaaaah at October 23, 2007 11:40 AM

    Where did you see this quote?

  13. gaaaah  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    umm Luke…i saw it here: http://oink.cd/login.php

  14. Luke  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Yeah that is scary….hadn’t seen that when I looked at the site this morning.

  15. Tuned  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    According to Reuters, “180,000 members” only refers to the number of people who have donated. I think the number of total users past/present is way huger. I’m still nervous, though, especially because I’m still seeding and I can’t turn azureus off because I’m not at home. Maybe the IFPI are in my apartment right now!

  16. kevin  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    comcast users everywhere are suddenly a lot less pissed

  17. yeah go ahead and hit the login page often. Surely it won’t log your IP as a user to come after…

  18. if you don’t want to hit the login page, read about the message here:

    http://torrentfreak.com/oink-investigation-seeks-identities-and-activities-of-users-071023/

  19. stephen  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    yeah I was a member a few months ago, but didn’t upload so my account got deleted. Although I’m sure there are records of everyone whose ever been a member kept on the servers.

  20. anonymouse  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    my hard drive was getting too full anyhow…

  21. Sarah  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Tv-links.uk was shut down a few days ago as well. I wonder what site/service will be hit next.

  22. gaaaah  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    thanks jim, that article is about as reassuring as it gets in a situation like this i suppose.

    anyways if they arrested even half of oink’s members tomorrow, methinks many blogs would suddenly go silent. this one included

  23. Michael  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Love the velvets reference. Totally apt.

  24. autumn  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Tv-links.uk was shut down a few days ago as well. I wonder what site/service will be hit next.

    WHAT!?!?! WHY DID I NOT SEE THIS!!!!

    this is all just bad, bad, bad news. It’s completely ridiculous. capitalist pigs.

    someone post a non-sarcastic response as to why this is a victory? I can’t seem to find anyone who would think so unless the money was taken directly from their pocket. tell me what bands are starving in the gutter [not on purpose] as a result of these file sharers. Completely obnoxious.

  25. Vykromond  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    The “servers seized in raids last week” thing is just FUD. Ignore it like you’d ignore any FUD tactics.

  26. Rick  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Don’t they know that everything is free now?

  27. mhulot  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Ummm. Should Oink’ers be worried?

  28. james  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Turn On The Bright Lights was great, Antics less so and Our Love To Admire less so again. But this time Interpol really have stooped to a new low. Unforgivable.

  29. chris  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    props to pitchfork for having the bravery to deem it an “illegal torrent website,” as if its writers don’t use it or anything. as if anyone would give a flying fuck about anything that site does without tons and tons of downloading from sites like oink. GOOD LUCK FINDING YOUR NEXT ARCADE FIRE, BROS.

  30. yeah well  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    “props to pitchfork for having the bravery to deem it an “illegal torrent website,” as if its writers don’t use it or anything. ”

    correct. a certain editor’s user name on soulseek was “fork” back in the day.

    regardless, all the oink’ers are fleeing to libble and back to indietorrents again.

  31. a musician  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    These bogers that use(d) oink are the taste-makers of the internet. Without them freely downloading music (that bands can’t afford to send to every blog) and writing about it, that band may have not been heard by a greater number of people. Oink was how I found out about a ton of bands, especially ones in rural areas that don’t do a lot of touring (we all have hooks for hands, etc.) I miss you oink.

  32. a musician  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    These bogers that use(d) oink are the taste-makers of the internet. Without them freely downloading music (that bands can’t afford to send to every blog) and writing about it, that band may have not been heard by a greater number of people. Oink was how I found out about a ton of bands, especially ones in rural areas that don’t do a lot of touring (we all have hooks for hands, etc.)

    If someone uploaded an album that sounded interesting from the review/band members/label, I’d click on the link to the band’s page (almost always Myspace) and check out their songs (I had a tiny HD). I set up a few shows with bands from out of town that I found out about through Oink.

    Damn it! I miss you Oink.

  33. littld  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Game over. I guess my ratio will never top my friends. I just can’t believe it’s gone. I feel like I’ve lost a child.

  34. do all us OiNK users go back to being “good” citizens and purchase music?

    i highly doubt it. most likely only a matter of time before something equal rises to the top.

    R.I.P OiNK….back to trolling blogs and the HypeMachine

  35. The Jerk  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    I’ll find it really interesting to see the next spin they put on Oink having been shut down. Who will they go after??? Well, the guy who runs the site is probably the only one they can get and it really depends what they can get him on. I don’t know British law but I’m sure it’s not like he’s gonna go away for decades or anything. Personally, I bet he’ll come out of this as a bit of a modern Kevin Mitnick (sp?). That’d be kind of funny actually, since those who don’t know praised Mitnick and those who actually knew his story were away how scummy he could be. Regardless, this is one of those stories that will go down in the annals of net history. And like so many have said prior, something new will be up soon enough. This is the only time I can think of though that a music site with such a devoted fanbase has been shut down. It’ll be hard for anyone to follow up the infamy of Oink.

  36. mrs  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    What is oink? I’ve never heard of it. I repeat, I’ve never heard of it.

  37. Adam  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    I never got an invite to Oink. Now, having no friends is seeming like a wonderful thing.

  38. bort  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    alluc.org for movies and tv, if it still works

  39. Evan  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    found a good site:

    http://groups.shareminer.com/

    you can search the web, groups, and blogs for things that have been uploaded to various file sharing sites.

    It’s no oink but its what im gonna be using for now

  40. me  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    supposedly, as my technologically-advanced friend told me, it only logs your ip address if you uploaded stuff, not if you downloaded.

  41. moral debate  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    I’ve never been a fan of the whole centralized site idea.

    BitTorrent is better fractioned off into more than one site, organized together by a search engine.

    Every BitTorrent user should upload to more than one site to protect themselves. If OiNK wasn’t so self-serving then we wouldn’t have lost so much now.

    Not to mention, this site wasn’t exactly a joy to use. Seeding after downloading was practically useless – the chances of someone downloading more than 50k from you were slim to none.

    Bigger, less exclusive and egotistical sites like Demonoid have a much healthier and easier system. You download, seed for a day and you’ll almost certainly have made up the ratio.

    OiNK wasn’t valuable – it’s users were. As long as those users are smart enough to keep on going and upload to the rest of the web – we’ll all be better off.

    This is a good, good thing. The country club golf course just became open to all.

  42. hanky panky  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    you can also toy around with robinhoodofindiemusic.blogspot.com until a new elitist member-only torrent site comes to age…

  43. None  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    “The site?s servers, based in Amsterdam, were seized in a series of raids last week.”

    I was on the website yesterday?!?!

  44. Erin  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    I’m with Adam. The major repercussion of this for me is that I just have 180,000 fewer people to be jealous of.

  45. pakman  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Does this mean no more Premature Evaluations?

  46. autumn  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    cool, moral debate. clearly was banned for poor ratio. the site stood for the purpose of sharing music, not for being an elitist regime. The reason it differentiated itself from sites like demonoid and pirate bay was because it had REQUIREMENTS… the people there not only enjoyed the music, but the QUALITY of the music.. and if you can’t appreciate that then it’s probably better that you lost your membership.

  47. Loren  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    This means a lot of things: who knows how many Pitchfork-launched artists wouldn’t have broke without Oink? Oink was pretty sophisticated (compared to say, Napster), with a lot regulations, which I think narrowed its base to people who will download music one way or another. Therefore, shutting down Oink will just make it slightly more inconvenient for its users to get what they want. Hardly a deathblow though

    The funny thing is that you know that every site that reports on this story within the next 2 days found out about it by going to USE Oink….sort of self-incriminating (or lamenting the personal loss of a useful utility IMO)

  48. Louie Styx  |   Posted on Oct 23rd, 2007 0

    Yeah its kind of funny, the music industry might have just hurt themselves a little bit by doing this. I don’t how many users are going to be “scared straight”

    Support local music too……

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