Police shut down RnBXclusive.com and issue warning to users

People who downloaded music from the site could face 10 years in prison…

Police have shut down the music website RNBXclusive.com and warned its users they could face legal action for downloading content.

The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) have arrested a man for fraud, according to the BBC, while a takedown notice warned visitors that the punishment for downloading music from the site could be as severe as 10 years in prison, as well as an unlimited fine.

The agency also posted a message which will be displayed to all visitors to RnBXclusive and also displays their IP address, warning that they have “the capability to monitor and investigate you”.

A Soca spokesman said: “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.”

They also released a statement claiming that the music posted on the site may have “damaged careers” as it was “stolen from the artists” who made it, adding:

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

Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye criticised the way the closure had been handled, however, stating: “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.”

Last month (January 19), file-sharing website Megaupload.com was shut down by the FBI for violating piracy laws. 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.”

The website’s founder, Kim Dotcom, was subsequently arrested by New Zealand police after they found him hiding in a safe room with a loaded shotgun.