Alan Ellis was making £11,000 a month from donations

The man who created the OiNK file-sharing website has been cleared of conspiracy to defraud today (January 15) at Teesside Crown Court.

Alan Ellis, 26, was the first person in the UK to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing, despite earlier this week claiming that he was just trying to further his programming skills rather than make money.

Operating from his flat in Middlesbrough from 2004 until it was closed down in a police raid in October 2007, Ellis was making £11,000 a month in donations from people who used his website, reports BBC.