Police Have Limited Technical Knowledge, Hilarity Ensues

by Ed Lau on October 30, 2007

I was reading an interview with Trent Reznor and Saul Williams today and came across this article about OiNK founder, Alan Ellis, who has been released from police custody following his October 23rd arrest. I found this particularly hilarious:

The police had very limited technical knowledge, which made the interview quite amusing actually. I wasn’t willing to teach them how to use a computer. They actually wanted me to teach them how to set up a website. I just told them to Google it.

Hilarious. I love it…you’d think that before arresting someone (Ellis also says he lost his day job due to this incident), you’d at least figure out what it is he did wrong. Seriously, aren’t there some techie cops somewhere?

Ellis doesn’t expect to be in court anytime soon, though. Personally, I can’t think of anything he actually did wrong. Torrent sites are everywhere and since no actual copyrighted data is actually stored on the servers or even passes through the website’s servers, then technically, I don’t think they do anything wrong.

Oh well, if I find any more regarding our beloved OiNK.me.uk, I’ll be sure to post it.

in Current Events,Entertainment,Tech and the Net

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Michael Kwan October 30, 2007 at 11:41 pm

Don’t quote me on this, but I believe the reason why a torrent site is “illegal” is not because it contains the illegal files, but because it points you toward illegal activities (pirated material). It would be akin to a website that told you how to assassinate George W. Bush or something. Or if it had a map to a bag of stolen money. They become one massive accomplice.

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krillz October 31, 2007 at 7:48 am

this is not true, not all torrent sites have illegal material on them, however if you call your torrent site movietorrents, mp3torrents dvdrTorrents etc etc, this can show that your intentions were to create a tracker for torrents of illegal material.

However if you have a torrent site called flowertorrent, and a big red text we cannot guarantee that all the torrents uploaded are for legal products, as we do not have the manpower to do this, add a small report link, you are practically safe, as you have taken the steps so people can report it, you have the disclaimer. And still it can contain a lot of illegal material, the police will never prosecute you but if they storm your house it’s because they want to get to the logs to get to the uploaders.
And if you’re smart you do not keep logs.

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krillz October 31, 2007 at 3:48 am

The fact that the torrent site, doesn’t host or create any illegal files it amazes me that police goes after the torrent site owners.

I mean with a fat disclaimer that you can’t control or are responsible for what people share should be enough, at least this has been the case with torrent sites here in Sweden. With an exception of the police storming and ceasing the servers to try and find out who uploaded the torrent files. The site owners pretty much never gets any shit.

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Michael Boateng October 31, 2007 at 1:07 pm

This is a dicey issue here … I believe site owners of torrent sites are also to blame. Afterall they know what end users are finally going to use the site for ….

Is it not a case of aiding and abetting??? LOL

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Nomar October 31, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Too bad, oink was ruling

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ms danielle November 4, 2007 at 9:38 pm

the link to nymag is down. anyway saul williams is amazing. i’ve seen him perform a few times. i’m mixed about torrent sites…but i’m glad to know trent reznor donated $5k for radiohead’s new album

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