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Friday, 26 October 2007


This arrived from the BBC via the IPKat's friend Simon Haslam: it's a report on how, following an Interpol investigation, the British and Dutch police have cooperated in an operation to close down OiNK, a reputedly widely-used source of illegally-downloaded music. The police raided a flat in Teesside, North-East England, as well as several properties in Amsterdam. It is claimed that OiNK leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), who spent two years doing some investigative groundwork together with British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The IPKat is impressed at the level of cooperation here, both between IP bodies themselves and between those bodies and the police authorities at both national and international level. Merpel wonders, though, about all the cases that never end up as triumphant victories in result of insufficient resources, getting tangled up in bureaucratic red tape and the complexity of the web of infringement itself.

Further details from IFPI here
Last squeak from OiNK
Two little piggies that got away, here ...

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