The majors killed OiNK
It is said that many of its users are people close to the entertainment industry, it is known that promos and demos, and even industrial materials in pre-release, that was circulated even before the official debut on the market, were often shot there. And now OiNK, one of the most exclusive sharing clubs, with limited access, frequented by many tens of thousands of users, it was closed by authority .
The first to make it known are IFPI and BPI, the two industry organizations that denounced OiNK and obtained the launch of an international British-Dutch investigation, which has now led to the closure of the network and the seizure of servers residing in Amsterdam. A news that raised enormous emotion on the net and quickly led to the birth of various initiatives, including a memorial blog dedicated to OiNK.
IFPI defines the torrential tracker as “the most important pirate music site of pre-releases”, a definition that perhaps contains in itself one of the reasons why, after years of operation, OiNK has come to an end. The online dissemination of copyrighted works before they even hit the shelves has always been a major concern of the industry, and it is not unlikely that the majors have devoted a lot of energy to identify the uploaders on the famous tracker before proceeding with a formal complaint.
Also because, as mentioned, it has always been believed that OiNK was accessed, among others, by many men of the entertainment industry, or in any case close to producers of music and cinema, people who in one way or another often came to possession of materials as soon as they were produced, or still in production, and who tried hard to share them. According to the majors, at least 60 major music albums were released on OiNK this year, prior to their official release.
To make the investigation more difficult, but certainly not impossible, the fact that access to OiNK was necessary be introduced by someone , that is, to have “a friend” within the network who acted as guarantor. And staying there wasn’t easy either. As happens in other sharing circles, there are many strict rules of behavior: a certain type of thing to share, a minimum quality for the music, a certain balance between uploads and downloads and so on.
To manage everything a 24 year old, arrested in the United Kingdom together with his father, and now released pending trial, at the end of an operation coordinated by Interpol and which, according to the majors, lasted two years and which was based precisely on the presence of IFPI and BPI in OiNK . In these two years the record companies have probably collected a lot of information not only on the kind of material that was poured into OiNK, contents that promptly ended up subsequently on sharing networks around the world, but also on what the “tour” of the works was protected, such as the “original sources” of this or that release. If it is true that OiNK’s operations have been profiling for two years, this may mean that many releasers, that is, users who shared the materials first, could have bad trouble already in the next few weeks, as the IP addresses collected by the majors gradually it will come to the name and surname of the individuals involved.
Nor does IFPI scruple to declare it: right on the OiNK home page, where its logo now stands out together with that of the British BPI, the Federation of Phonographers warns that “a criminal investigation is underway to identify the identity and activities of site users “.
In the press release, IFPI argues that music sales are hit hard by the BitTorrent release of pre-releases of albums, “which often lead to Internet circulation months before the official release of remixes and incomplete versions of the artists’ work” . According to the phonographers, the efficiency of OiNK was such that within hours of leaking a pre-release on the network, hundreds of copies were already set up to circulate elsewhere.
“OiNK – said one of the IFPI bosses, Jeremy Banks – was central to the illegal online distribution of pre-release music. This is not a circle of friends who traded music for their own pleasure. It is a global network that owned music that it did not have the rights to and published it online ”. Also according to BPI the blade sunk inside OiNK will provoke impact on all unauthorized distribution of music files on the Internet.
For its part, finally, the provider that hosted OiNK’s servers stated that it did not know anything about what was happening on those servers and that only two months ago the police would have notified the company of the existence of an investigation against its customers. . The provider said he was hopeful that the police will return the seized servers to the company: rented to OiNK, they are worth around 30 thousand euros. According to the officials of the ISP, the issue only concerns the arrest of two people. Below are the declarations (in English) of the provider: