Because A Single Music Blog Costs The Music Industry Approximately £15Million Per Year… According to UK Police
Jumpin’ shoeless Jesus on a hot plate, a single music blog costs the music industry £15 Million per year according to UK Police. I wish I was making that up, but that’s what the UK Police has told the BBC in a statement about the shut down of Rnbxclusive.com.
“”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 targets organised criminal enterprises profiting from the exploitation of the UK public and legitimate businesses,” the agency said in a statement. ”Members of the public can become facilitators of organised crime by obtaining property or services from its perpetrators. Soca is committed to raising awareness of this threat, its potential consequences, and the steps people can take to avoid involvement.”
Now I do not know where RnBXclusive.com got their music or what type of contacts they have, I didn’t closely follow the blog so I can’t even really speak to their practices or speak to if they are in the right or wrong, but I do know by looking in the way back machine some of the content they posted was initially released by labels and artists themselves for the sole purpose of promotion and posted on thousands of blogs across the internet. But even assuming they are in the wrong for the sake of argument , to say a single blog is costing the music industry £15Million Per Year is absolute insanity. Using that type of fantasy math times the number of music blogs who post the exact same or similar content across the internet you are looking at figures that eclipse what the recorded music industry has made total since the very first record deal was signed. Per year.
“Get the fuck outta here.”