Oink founder up before the beak

Alan Ellis, founder of popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK, appeared in court at Teeside yeterday, charged with conspiracy to defraud the music industry.

Oink was a fine BitTorrent music tracker until shut down by Dutch and British police back in October 2007, after compliants from the IFPI and the BPI. Ellis was cuffed by the Fuzz and subsequently four uploaders were also arrested. These pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges at Teesside Crown Court in December 2008, and were fined and ordered to do community service.

A fifth uploader, Matthew Wyatt, faces trial with Ellis. Yestetrday, the case was been adjourned until today when the jury will be assigned. Some reporting restrictions applied to the initial trial and some are still applicacble here.