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…