Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jan 2010 23:00 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Legal Ah, a lovely bit of news that to help us start the weekend off with positive thoughts! A UK jury has unanimously acquitted Alan Ellis, founder and administrator of the invitation-only OiNK music bittorrent tracker. This means that his 2 year-long trial has finally come to an end - there's no more room for appeal.
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Surprised
by PLan on Sat 16th Jan 2010 02:43 UTC
PLan
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I'm quite surprised he was found not guilty, and you can bet the UK government will take action to stop anything similar happening if they think verdicts like this will become a frequent occurrence.

Having said that an uber cyber criminal is hardly going to leave $300,000 (the BBC say $, not £) just laying around in their PayPal account. Not really the kind of person the authorities should be trying to make an example of.

IIRC Newzbin have an upcoming legal case against them in the UK. I wonder how the "no illegal content hosted", "just a search engine", defence will play in that instance ?

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