Wow. After a nightmare 3 years in and out of court, Allan Ellis, creator of the sadly deceased Oink.cd, the greatest music resource the world ever saw, has been found NOT GUILTY!
A jury at Teeside Crown Court on Friday cleared former Oink admin Allan Ellis of conspiracy to defraud the music industry for running one of the world's strangest music file-sharing services.
Operators of the so-called Pink Palace banned low-quality sound files, enforced strict usage rules and mandated that all 200,000 of the site's users' avatars be "cute" -- even taking pains to define exactly what made an avatar appropriately cuddly. All that came to an end in 2007, when the authorities arrested admin Alan Ellis, who created and ran the operation from his Middleborough flat between 2004 and 2007.
After a seven-day trial, 26-year-old Ellis walked from court a free man on Friday, the BBC reports.
Ellis, who said he crafted the site to brush up on his computer skills, testified the $18,000 (£11,000) a month he earned in PayPal "donations" was for rack space rental and servers.
Oink's invitation-only policy kept it below the radar of most file traders, and the site's operators apparently nixed repeated attempts to create a Wikipedia entry, so as not to draw attention.
The site prohibited games, videos (aside from tutorials), porn, nudity and the selling of invitations.
The always-clued-in TorrentFreak has been following the story.
Well, that is brilliant news. It's only 12:17 pm here in the UK< but I am going to have a glass of wine in his honour. Cheers!