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Illegal Pre-release music site, Oink, shut by police

Pirates and downloaders suffered another blow, a few days after TV-links was disconnected, when OiNK has been taken offline.

OiNK, one of the largest music piracy websites, was members-by-invitation-only that was financed by voluntary donations from around 180,000 subscribers.

Although it did not hosted the banned files itself, OiNK linked to pre-release songs available via BitTorrent and was the preferred source for forthcoming hits.

One man in UK was arrested and servers were closed in the Netherlands.

The whole operation lasted two years and Jeremy Banks, head of anti-piracy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) added "Oink was central to the illegal distribution of pre-release music online, This was not a case of friends sharing music for pleasure.

This was a worldwide network that got hold of music they did not own the rights to and posted it online."

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