Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This Little Piggy Went to Jail

Unless you just woke up and haven't browsed the 'net farther than this site or your fantasy football homepage, you've probably heard about the popular torrent site OiNK going the way of the Napster. The site has been shut down by British and Dutch police, Interpol (not the band, we assume) has the servers, and you may or may not be receiving a subpoena in a few months, depending on whether you ever received an invite to the exclusive site and leaked the new Kanye West album.

OiNK, for those of you how may not know, was like the Pitchfork of Torrent sites, except more exclusive. OiNK was an invite only site, and unlike Demonoid, did not have open enrollment periods. And much like how Pitchfork is often the first place to find music news that will later trickle down via other blogs, word of mouth, etc., OiNK was the first place to find leaked albums. It was also, supposedly, a goldmine for anything hard to find. Those of you with with huge appetites for World music but lack a big pocketbook are probably weeping as we speak, but I digress. From OiNK, the more generous users would spread the albums to other torrent sites, message boards, P2P servers, and so forth.

But, just like we would pick up Pitchfork's slack if it were to ever go under, there are plenty of other torrent sites out there ready and waiting, so all of you pirates reading this probably have nothing to worry about, except for that whole possibility of being on the wrong end of a lawsuit thing.

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - "When We Begin to Steal..." (mp3)

1 comment:

panopticon said...

something something fascist pigs something something utopian society where everything is free mumble mumble Radiohead mumble vague political slogan.