London – A U.K. court jury has voted
unanimously to acquit the administrator of music file-sharing network OiNK on
charges of "conspiracy to defraud" the recording industry, according
to published reports. U.K.
authorities raided the operation two years ago and made several arrests,
including 26-year-old computer engineer Alan Ellis.
At trial, it was alleged
that Ellis was taking in $18,000 a month in donations to OiNK, and he was found
with $300,000 in personal accounts.
Ellis maintained that he was using the
funds to rent server space, and to eventually purchase his own server.
also said that he originally built OiNK — which allegedly facilitated over 21
million downloads of 600,000 albums, most of which were pre-release — to
further his programming skills.
(DMW previous coverage)