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LONDON - UK and Dutch police shut down one of the world's largest sources of illegal pre-release music yesterday and a 24-year-old man was arrested in the UK.
The Middlesbrough and Amsterdam raids followed a two-year probe into a members-only website, www.OiNK.cd, which allowed users to upload and download albums before they were released.
Pre-release leaks have become one of the most damaging forms of piracy for the music industry which is struggling with falling sales. Recorded music sales have fallen by more than a third in the last six years, the industry says.
About 180000 members paid "donations" through debit or credit cards for OiNK's catalogue of music and other media.
Jeremy Banks, head of the anti-piracy unit at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which helped police with the probe, said: "It's not a case of friends sharing music for pleasure. It is a worldwide network that got hold of music they did not own the rights to and posted it online." - Reuters