Six arrested for allegedly sharing music via torrent tracker
Six users of the OiNK.cd website were arrested on 23rd and 28th May 2008. The site itself was a BitTorrent website that featured higher quality files than usual and even carried pre-release material. More information on these arrests can be found on The Register. For those that do not recall the original raids that saw the site close, the original news item is still available.
The six people who allegedly were sharing music using the site, were detained "in relation to uploading pre-release music". The six have been bailed without charge.
Where this case will go is any ones guess. The music industry is likely to want to make an example of both the website and its users. Any successful prosecution may make some think twice about where they obtain their music from. A successful prosecution would also add weight to the ongoing discussions between the film/music industry and communication providers to set-up some form of copyright policing.
The music industry may be hoping that cases like this will increase sales of music, but whether this will happen only time will tell. Stricter policing of music downloads will tightly focus peoples thoughts on whether prices for legal music downloads are fair.