Users warned of 10 years in jail as RnBXclusive.com shut down by police

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never heard of this site and the threats to users are obviously scare tactics but its a bit OTT dont you think? 10 years for pirating music? More serious crimes get less than that etc etc

Users of RnBXclusive.com were greeted with this message after the site was taken down on Tuesday morning

Music site RnBXclusive.com has been shut down by the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

A takedown notice warned visitors who have used the site to download music they could face up to 10 years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Soca said music posted on the site was "stolen from the artists" and may have "damaged careers".

A man has been arrested for fraud and bailed pending further enquiries, police told the BBC.

"Soca targets organised criminal enterprises profiting from the exploitation of the UK public and legitimate businesses," the agency said in a statement.

"Much of the music offered for download by the RnBXclusive.com website was illegally obtained from artists, leading the industry to attribute losses of approximately £15m per year to the site's activity."

Soca added that the action was part of a wider operation combating illegal uploading of copyrighted material online, with several sites being targeted using "varied techniques".

Some industry observers believe the action is a fresh sign that British authorities are stepping up efforts to stamp out online piracy.

However, Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK, said he disagreed with the nature of the closure.

"The explicit threat to visitors of the site and take down notice is alarming.

"The claim that the information gathered can be used to identify visitors and their location, followed by a statement that Soca has the capability to monitor, investigate and inform visitors internet service providers of apparent 'infringements', making visitors liable for prosecution seems extreme and unduly threatening."

RnBXclusive.com also ran Twitter and Facebook accounts which remain accessible - although links posted on both services are now inactive as a result of the main site's takedown.
'Monitor and investigate'

On Facebook, fans of the website reacted angrily to the closure.

"Screw Soca!" one user wrote. Another added: "Am I the only one scared of this 10 year jail and fine?"

Police told the BBC they would not comment on whether any of the site's users were currently being pursued.

The website, which is registered to an address in Leicester, was unreachable on Wednesday.

The Soca message, which is now displayed to all visitors of RnBXclusive, displays the user's internet protocol (IP) address, which can be used to identify people online.

The notice warns that Soca has "the capability to monitor and investigate you".

"Members of the public can become facilitators of organised crime by obtaining property or services from its perpetrators," a Soca spokesman said.

"Soca is committed to raising awareness of this threat, its potential consequences, and the steps people can take to avoid involvement."


pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

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Digital rights campaigners have responded by saying the police agency's actions are a worrying development in the copyright enforcement saga.

"We've requested a meeting with SOCA so we can urgently assess the basis for this and future actions," Peter Bradwell, a campaigner with the Open Rights Group, said in a statement.

"Any attempt to crowbar copyright infringement into areas of law subject to much harsher punishments raises serious problems. Threatening internet users with 10 years in jail strikes one immediately as inappropriate at best," Bradwell said.
Jail threat

SOCA said any action against individual downloaders will be taken on a case-by-case basis, but it is indeed true that a person who has downloaded even one copyright-infringing track could face jail.

"If you knowingly download music that's been illegally obtained, then potentially there's a risk of prosecution under conspiracy to defraud," the police agency's spokesman said.


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pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

no one on ilx used this site then?

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

everyone who used it is in jail

Poliopolice, Thursday, 16 February 2012 06:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

for ten years

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 February 2012 06:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also Urbanmusicdaily.net and Im1music.net disappeared today. I guess they got spooked by what happened.

Tired of these edcuated basic bitches. (lilsoulbrother), Thursday, 16 February 2012 06:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

so they dont need new powers then if they can just close sites down anyway under present law

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink


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