Visiting a popular R&B website this morning brings you to an ominous page similar if not worse than the one this website wore for a year. SOCA stands for the Serious Organized Crime Agency, a police organization in the UK. The notices announces the domain of rnbxclusive.com has been seized and its owners arrested for fraud. It also claims the majority of music available on the website was stolen from artists. I guess the UK doesn’t believe in due process either.
The page disgustingly displays your IP address and operating system information and tells you that if you’ve downloaded music from the website you may have committed a crime that carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years.
Perhaps the most sickening part of the notice is this though:
SOCA has the capability to monitor and investigate you, and can inform your internet service provider of these infringements.
You may be liable for prosecution and the fact that you have received this message does not preclude you from prosecution.
As a result of illegal downloads young, emerging artists may have had their careers damaged. If you have illegally downloaded music you will have damaged the future of the music industry.
Visit pro-music.org for a list of legal music sites on the web.
Yeah, cause ya’no the major labels and the RIAA are the only one’s who gets to decide what music websites they don’t like and entire governments bend to their will and demand. The claims at the end of damaging the future of the music industry and damaging the careers of young artists is a blatant bald face lie. The independent music industry is thriving.
Unbelievable. For those that may not remember, this website’s domain was seized for an entire year without due process by ICE before they gave it back for not having probable cause. RNBXCLUSIVE’s domain was through GoDaddy and their website server was through Rackspace so it’s going to be interesting to see how the UK Govt feels they have jurisdiction to seize the domain name.
No word if additional sites have been seized, we’ll update as we get more information.