Earlier this week, UK officials have shut down the music website RNBXclusive.com and warned it’s users they could face legal action for downloading content. SOCA which stands for Serious Organised Crime Agency, have arrested a man for fraud.
They have also placed a takedown notice on the site that warns visitors that the punishment for downloading music from the site coule be ten years in prison, as well as an unlimited fine. In addition, SOCA posted a message the site, which also displays the user’s IP address, implying that the majority of music files that were available via it “were stolen from the artists” and those who downloaded them could face up to ten years in jail and an unlimited fine.
“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.”
“Members of the public can become facilitators of organized crime by obtaining property or services from its perpetrators. Soca is committed to raising awareness of this threat, its potetnail consequences, and the steps people can take to avoid involvement.”
As some of you may know, Megaupload has been shutdown also, however by the FBI. The FBI described the dispute as one of “the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States” and said it “directly targets the misuse of a public content storage and distribution site to commit and facilitate intellectual property crime.” Leave your thoughts on this delicate matter below.