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The first person in the UK to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing is found not guilty

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Hurrah!!!

Power to the people!!!!

In b4 tag abuse
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#2
Hard to believe he got off with it, Theres a difference between file sharing and making thousands ,
#3
And he was a siteop :lol:
#4
so if he isnt guilty I guess he keeps the money? I remember hearing about oink-so if he was only indexing,rather than hosting stuff I dont see the crime? stupid prosecution imho.
banned#5
Wow..... $18000 per month

???profit!!!!

Anyone wanna buy any MP3s? :w00t:
#6
I was a member of that site, never used it though, got booted for inactivity.

Surprised op didn't post the Daily Mail link......... :whistling: :-D
#7
its obvious, all he did was provide a site where people post links of their music. Nothing illegal whatsoever.

If he was actively ripped the music off cd's and uploaded himself then thats different, but 16k/month is ridiculous.
banned#8
tonyg1962
Hard to believe he got off with it, Theres a difference between file sharing and making thousands ,


he wasn't breaking the law so why is it hard to believe he was found not guilty?
TPB is the only other prosecution for this type of site that I'm aware of and that trial was pretty much decided before start
#9
Not as rediculous as 60k a week football players earn. but thats for another thread! lol
#10
yep seems perfectly fine he only indexed data, where people could search google style
the money he got were donations, great stuff
#11
power to the LEEDS:)
banned#12
guv
Wow..... $18000 per month

???profit!!!!

Anyone wanna buy any MP3s? :w00t:


ooh 1970`s stuff :p
#13
One of the best websites ever in my opinion.

The press totally misguided everyone with this £300,000 found from donations. Most of that would have been spent on bandwidth, servers etc and finally... lawyers :P
#14
Pity the TPB trial didn't go the same way. Although in fairness, this guy didn't tell the record companies to go make love to themselves lol.
#15
F&F/Lom must be spitting blood
#16
skusey
F&F/Lom must be spitting blood


not as much as a couple of other members that are MIA:)

dont know what i missed but must have been good
#17
matt3454
One of the best websites ever in my opinion.

The press totally misguided everyone with this £300,000 found from donations. Most of that would have been spent on bandwidth, servers etc and finally... lawyers :P


it was $300,000 for starters and if the donations were around $18,000 a month thats qute a few months to make that amount also considering it was started in his bedroom ,before moving to a proper server in the dam...... and everything you mentioned would of had to have been paid up front......you are the 1 a little misguided:thumbsup:
#18
bump.
#19
insomniacs been in here?
#20
casparwhite
it was $300,000 for starters and if the donations were around $18,000 a month thats qute a few months to make that amount also considering it was started in his bedroom ,before moving to a proper server in the dam...... and everything you mentioned would of had to have been paid up front......you are the 1 a little misguided:thumbsup:


Is that why he was only found to have £20k in savings left?
#21
matt3454
Is that why he was only found to have £20k in savings left?


and $300,000 in a paypal account:thumbsup:

The jury was told that police found almost US $300,000 in Mr Ellis's Paypal account and that he received $18,000 (£11,000) a month in donations from people using his website.

Mr Ellis told the court there was no intention to defraud copyright holders.

He said the donations were to pay for the server's rental and any "surplus" would eventually be used to buy a server.

He agreed he had about 10 bank accounts with some £20,000 in savings when police raided the house he shared.
#22
casparwhite
and $300,000 in a paypal account:thumbsup:



That £300k was total recieved in that Paypal account, not the actual amount that was in there at the time.
#23
matt3454
That £300k was total recieved in that Paypal account, not the actual amount that was in there at the time.


you can keep digging and ill keep making you look as daft as you are:whistling: and again it was dollars not pounds ffs....

On first sight, it may have seemed an open-and-shut case: a software engineer accused of running one of the world's largest music-sharing websites was found with $300,000 (£185,000) in his PayPal accounts, running a site with 200,000 members who had downloaded 21 million files.

But yesterday, 26-year-old Alan Ellis – who ran the Oink website and was the first person in the UK to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing – was unanimously acquitted of conspiracy to defraud. He had told jurors that he used the site he created in his bedroom while a student as a project to "better my skills for employability".

He insisted that Oink did not host any music itself but merely indexed the files users had available on their computers. The system allowed members to find people on the web who were prepared to share files – meaning users could download music for free. The £35,000-a-year software engineer added that the money had been donated by the site's users in return for permission to invite a friend to join. He said those funds were then used to pay for the server's rental, while any "surplus" went towards buying his own server.

Mr Ellis, a former Teesside University student, admitted he had around 10 bank accounts with approximately £20,000 in savings when in October 2007 police raided the house he shared in Middlesbrough.

He said that the website was developed from a free template, which had a Torrent file-sharing facility included in it. Opening the case for the prosecution at Teesside Crown Court earlier in the week, Peter Makepeace said: "This is not about prosecuting some poor minnow who has taped a record one night and circulated it to their friends. This is about large-scale, professional, clever, technical ripping off."

Mr Ellis had earlier told police officers: "All I do is really like Google, to really provide a connection between people. None of the music is on my website."

A spokesman for the BPI, which represents the music industry, called the verdict "disappointing" and "out of line with decisions made in similar cases around the world, such as The Pirate Bay".

In April 2009, the creators of the Swedish file-sharing website were jailed for a year and ordered to shut down their site after a joint civil and criminal court case was brought against them by a consortium of media, film and music companies led by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

He added: "The defendant made nearly £200,000 by exploiting other people's work without permission." He claimed that musicians and labels need better protection.

Mr Ellis declined to comment as he left court after his acquittal.

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