Oink’s Pink Palace

Shut down: Oct. 23, 2007

British software engineer Alan Ellis created one of the largest BitTorrent trackers at the time with Oink’s Pink Palace. He was, in turn, recognized by Blender as one of 25 tech power players featured in its “The Powergeek 25 — the Most Influential People in Online Music” list. The notoriety served as smoking gun for Ellis, as British authorities arrested him around the time the story was published, making him the first UK citizen to be prosecuted for file sharing. Though police obtained unencrypted user email addresses from Oink’s servers and confiscated its NForce hosting servers, Ellis was found not guilty on the grounds of insufficient evidence.