UK Police Arrest Mulve Operators
from the um,-what? dept
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.