2009 saw high-profile legal defeats for The Pirate Bay and Mininova, but 2010 has started less encouragingly for the music industry. Alan Ellis, who used to be the admin of UK file-sharing site OiNK, was acquitted of conspiracy to defraud on Friday. It was claimed that the site had more than 200,000 members when it was shut down in 2007, who’d downloaded more than 21 million music files. However, the jury unanimously cleared him, based on his defence that he only created OiNK to hone his programming skills. “This is a hugely disappointing verdict,” says a BPI spokesperson. “The defendant made nearly £200,000 by exploiting other people’s work without permission. The case shows that artists and music companies need better protection.” Source: Guardian

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