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Two OiNK uploaders cleared of all charges

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Jul 2008 14:03 User comments (12)

Two OiNK uploaders cleared of all charges Two former uploaders for the music torrent tracker OiNK have been cleared of all charges today after being arrested in the UK earlier this summer. Four others still remain charged.
There was little known about the identities of the uploaders but we do know that one was a 18 year old male and the other was a 28 year old female.

The users were arrested this May in conjunction with “Operation Ark Royal.” The charges were "suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the Music Industry” as well as the standard copyright infringement offenses.

At its peak, OiNK was one of the largest private torrent trackers, home to hundreds of thousands of high quality album releases as well as audiobooks, ebooks, and software.

The site was taken down in late 2007 by British and Dutch law enforcement based on mostly false intelligence provided by the IFPI and the BPI.

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12 user comments

130.7.2008 14:13

Very lucky indeed. Ever since OinK details were seized I have been one little paranoid bunny.

230.7.2008 15:47
13thHouR
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they probably been silenced with the RIPA act which allows the state to gag the defendants which is punishable be a long spell in the slammer if they break this silence, even though p2p has nothing to do with terrorist threats.

Originally posted by Adolf Hitler :
The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions.

In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.
Wise words indeed Mr A Hitler!




RIPA: UK police can now force you to reveal decryption keys

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Users of encryption technology can no longer refuse to reveal keys to UK authorities after amendments to the powers of the state to intercept communications took effect on Monday (Oct 1).

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) has had a clause activated which allows a person to be compelled to reveal a decryption key. Refusal can earn someone a five-year jail term.

Part III of RIPA was in the original Act but was not activated. The Home Office said last year that it had not implemented the provision because encryption had not been as popular as quickly as it had predicted. It launched a consultation which culminated in Part III being made active on 1st October.

The measure has been criticised by civil liberties activists and security experts who say that the move erodes privacy and could lead a person to be forced to incriminate themselves.

It is also controversial because a decryption key is often a long password – something that might be forgotten. An accused person might pretend to have forgotten the password; or he might genuinely have forgotten it but struggle to convince a court to believe him.

Section 49 of Part III of RIPA compels a person, when served with a notice, to either hand over an encryption key or render the requested material intelligible by authorities.

Anyone who refuses to decrypt material could face five years in jail if the investigation relates to terrorism or national security, or up to two years in jail in other cases.
Controversially, someone who receives a Section 49 notice can be prevented from telling anyone apart from their lawyer that they have received such a notice.


The Home Office said that the process will be overseen by the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the Intelligence Services Commissioner and the Chief Surveillance Commissioner.

Complaints about demands for information must be made by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. "The Tribunal is made up of senior members of the judiciary and the legal profession and is independent of the Government. The Tribunal has full powers to investigate and decide any case within its jurisdiction, which includes the giving of a notice under section 49 or any disclosure or use of a key to protected information," said a Home Office explanation of the process.

The Home Office said that the actions were consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights and the UK Human Rights Act as long as the demand for decryption was "both necessary and proportionate".

"The measures in Part III are intended to ensure that the ability of public authorities to protect the public and the effectiveness of their other statutory powers are not undermined by the use of technologies to protect electronic information," said the Home Office.

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330.7.2008 22:07
jrff
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431.7.2008 0:54

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Originally posted by Mik3h:
Very lucky indeed. Ever since OinK details were seized I have been one little paranoid bunny.
Man the f*ck up mik3h and stop being a sissy girl. Afraid mummy and daddy are going to stop your pocket money??
Nah, I'm afraid I'll get caught and made to pay damages for the TB's of music I've uploaded and the TB's of games I've uploaded to various scene trackers. Nothing much. No point in arguiing with a newbie.

531.7.2008 3:43
varnull
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Should you really be telling a n00b that me old dark feline buddy?

How long ago was all this Oink stuff anyways... doesn't the statute of civil liability come into effect for damages claims for a civil matter like alleged copyright infringement? Ahhh late 2007, but still.. I'm sure if it fell outside 2 years they would have no case to answer.. I would now be looking at some compensation for wrongful arrest.. Can you be arrested for a civil matter? I don't think so.. copyright infringement isn't a criminal offence.. only criminal offences are arrestable under current UK laws. Trouble is.. they think they can arrest you for littering now, whereas in reality they can't BUT.. in making that point if you stand your ground and give them the finger they will nick you under a ficticious section 5 "obstructing the police" by not being meek and mild and allowing them to act in a criminal manner towards you (threatening behaviour, extortion, threatening illegal imprisonment, attempting to gain money with menaces.. and a fair few others.. obstructing your right of free passage upon the Queens highway.. that's a belter!!) but standing on your lawful and legal rights.. It's a lose lose situation.. Adolf never had it so good. We need to start carrying guns.. the kids with knives and the hoodies with guns have the right idea.. we need to protect ourselves from an over powerful state.

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631.7.2008 10:26

I saw the news feed of the Oink pig being escorted out in handcuffs. Needless to say his headphones fell off. His squeal was heard for miles.

731.7.2008 19:56
jrff
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81.8.2008 23:24

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Originally posted by Mik3h:
Very lucky indeed. Ever since OinK details were seized I have been one little paranoid bunny.
LMAO
I haven't been paranoid at all, why would I be..!!!??
But its a nice comment seeing that we have seen that bunnies can get paranoid. lol
I don't see how were they lucky since it's not a crime in the UK to upload music if not for monetary reasons.
Man the f*ck up mik3h and stop being a sissy girl. Afraid mummy and daddy are going to stop your pocket money??
Now here we have one of the original sexist pigs most noted for their capacity to fail IQ tests (due to the fact that they think "tests" has something to do with their nuts. Now they're nuts alright...)

92.8.2008 11:26
jrff
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102.8.2008 22:17

Originally posted by jrff:
@Tashammer

Hey you retard, what's sexist about my post?
Stop sticking your nose on what's none of your business retarded @ss*ole.
If you wanted to post something just for posting why didnt you go and posted it in the old people's section!!
If anyone here failed IQ tests was you mr illiterate.
<insert middle finger here>
Dear jrff

It appears that not only are you a sexist person but also a discriminatory one too. (We won't mention your spelling and syntax).

In order to answer your question of "what is exist about my post" have a look at the phrase:

"...stop being a sissy girl"

i have to say that i know of some women who if you used that expression within their earshot would take umbrage and you would find yourself wearing your detached testes as nostril plugs.

As far as being prejudiced and discriminatory are concerned, consider your use of the word "retarded".

Will you need me to explain further or can you manage to work it out on your own?

113.8.2008 1:05
jrff
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126.8.2008 17:25

Originally posted by jrff:
Looks like you love the word testicules. You like them so much that all you do is call people sexist.
Grow up grandma

Oh, good lord. There are no Billy Goats Gruff here, Mr. Troll. Vanish.

And it's "testicles".

*sigh*

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