Tech evidence gets teen downloader off the hook

CY4OR was instructed by Burrows Bussin last year in their case to defend a 17 year old boy (at the time of arrest) who they believed was being made a scapegoat for illegal downloading. The defendant, Matthew Wyatt, had been accused of copyright infringement in relation to the download of albums. Mr Wyatt was arrested three years ago following a raid on his Lincolnshire house by police, Trading Standards, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Wyatt was subsequently charged with distribution of copyrighted material.Burrows Bussin was preparing to defend Wyatt in the case concerning the OiNK file sharing site. The OiNK site was shut down by the BPI and police, and forensic images taken of their servers. CY4OR was involved in the investigation of forensic images taken from OiNK and Wyatt’s PC. Part of the forensic investigation involved CY4OR rebuilding the OiNK SQL back end database and servers in order to perform tests for the defence. CY4OR was able to highlight technicalities in respect of the distribution of the copyrighted material.“Having worked with CY4OR in a number of cases involving computer evidence, we were confident that they could assist us with the defence of this case. The work undertaken by CY4OR and the clear and concise advice given were important in undermining the Prosecution’s case and assisting our client’s position.”  said David Cook at Burrows Bussin.CY4OR was preparing to give expert evidence in court at the case in June however the CPS dropped the case this week.