IFPI Could Sue Oink Founder

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is preparing to launch fresh legal onslaught against Alan Ellis, the founder of the Oink’s Pink Palace file sharing website, who was recently acquitted after being prosecuted for illegal file-sharing.

The head of IFPI, John Kennedy, criticising the court’s decision, said at a press conference that the verdict was a ‘terrible disappointment’ that indicated that the British law ‘is out of touch with where life is these days.’

Alan Ellis, the first person in Britain to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing, was accused of ‘ripping-off’ the music industry and musicians alike.

When the police authorities had raided his home, they had discovered that Oink had over 200,000 members that had downloaded over 21 million music files.

It was also found that Alan Ellis had around £200,000, generated from the website, stashed in his Pay Pal accounts.

Mr. Kennedy, voicing his frustration at the acquittal, said that “I cannot sleep at night when that man has £200,000 sitting in his bank account.”

He further indicated that the IFPI is considering filing a fresh lawsuit against Ellis, in order to retrieve the money he had made when the website was operational.

Our Comments

It was highly likely that this would have happened anyway. The problem for the IFPI is that Alan Ellis has been acquitted by a free-standing jury and that demanding a retrial could potentially prove disastrous for the image of the IFPI whom, many would consider, as a bully.

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