UK Police Arrest Mulve Operators
from the um,-what? dept
Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about Mulve, an application that was released that apparently made it quite easy to download all sorts of music for free. We didn’t write about it, because we don’t tend to write about new apps like that, but it has been interesting to watch the reaction to it. The Mulve software itself is really a search engine, apparently searching a cache of music found on a Russian social network. The RIAA was able to take Mulve down briefly, but it quickly came back up. Now, TorrentFreak is reporting that Mulve’s operators have been arrested by the UK police.
Details are pretty scarce at this time, but I can’t fathom any criminal provision that could stick here. This reminds me a lot of when UK police arrested OiNK’s admin, Alan Ellis, and only afterwards realized that it didn’t look like OiNK actually broke any laws. So, it tried to charge him with “conspiracy to defraud the music industry.” After a few wasted years, a jury finally found him not guilty.
Either way, arresting these guys seems like pure overkill. The software is a search engine. Yes, the search engine finds and lets people download music (from elsewhere on the internet) in an unauthorized fashion, but so does Google. At the very least, let a civil trial happen. It’s difficult to see how this should involve the police and any sort of criminal lawsuits.