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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Taxpayers Paid $45,000 for Failed OiNK Raid

UK Taxpayers Paid $45,000 for Failed OiNK Raid

UK Taxpayers Paid $45,000 for Failed OiNK Raid

Added: Friday, September 24th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The details of how much UK taxpayers had to pay for the failed “Operation Ark Royal” finally emerged. The operation in question charged the OiNK’s site admin Alan Ellis with conspiracy to defraud, and resulted in over $45,000 in expenses. The police added that this amount included the cost of investigating four alleged uploaders to the service that pled guilty of lesser charges.

It was over 3 years ago when the music-oriented tracker OiNK has been closed down as a result of an international raid coordinated by Interpol. The action was conducted on the request of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) and IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

That UK attempt, code-named “Operation Ark Royal,” is reported to cost at least $45,000, and perhaps much more. In fact, the demands to disclose information on the amount in question were twice refused by Cleveland Police. They explained that revealing could undermine future prosecutions and lead to potential damage to the justice process. The data was disclosed only after the help of the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Precisely, the amounts were spent the following way: $13,000 spent on police overtime, $25,000 on forensics and $7,000 on subsistence and travel for investigators. To justify the expenses, Cleveland Police highlighted that the cost also included prosecuting of four uploaders to the tracker that pled guilty of lesser charges.

As for the main case launched against Alan Ellis, the website’s admin, it resulted in an acquittal at the very beginning of 2010. The police spent lots of time after the first raid attempting to find out how and with what they can charge Ellis. This extended his bail four times before finally settling on “conspiracy to defraud” a year ago, while the initial deadline was the end of 2007.

There was also a fifth alleged uploader, but investigators dropped charges against him shortly after Alan Ellis was ruled innocent.

Why the taxpayers are highly interested in the cost of the raid is because after their $45,000 have been spent in nowhere, the OiNK was replaced by numerous similar services by What.cd and Waffles.fm, leaving music piracy unabated.

September 24th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, September 24th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-09-25 13:52:17)
menahunie avatarWOW who says crime doesn't pay: to the police of course...

posted by Blocked (2010-09-26 09:54:32)
No avatari used be a mod on there god how things have changed lol

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