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OiNK Founder Faces Charges, EliteTorrents Admin Sentenced to Prison

September 11, 2008 2:51 PM ET

A pair of beleaguered torrent heads faced off against the law today. After the October 2007 raid on beloved invitation-only music-sharing site OiNK, U.K. authorities finally levied charges on its founder, Alan Ellis, after extending his bail four times because of lack of evidence. Ellis has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and will face trial starting September 24th. Four OiNK uploaders who were arrested in the shutdown, dubbed "Operation Ark Royal," will soon learn whether they too will face legal action. Daniel Dove, the administrator of EliteTorrents, was found guilty of conspiracy and felony copyright infringement in Washington, DC. Dove was sentenced to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $20,000. The site, which specialized in movies, was shut down in 2005. Eight other Elite admins and uploaders were previously convicted on conspiracy charges.

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