More Details Emerge On Questionable UK Seizure Of Music Blog
from the crazy-estimates dept
Yesterday we wrote about the bizarre seizure of a music blog, RnBXclusive.com, by UK law enforcement officials. Many people doubted that it was real, given the insanity of the splash page that SOCA — the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency — had put up on the site. However, SOCA has since confirmed that it’s real. SOCA is also claiming that this is about “fraud” rather than copyright infringement, because the site apparently had posted some pre-release music (something that happens pretty frequently). It’s called a leak, not fraud. And many artists embrace them — or (quite frequently) leak the works themselves because it builds up buzz.
SOCA is also making the absolutely laughable statement that this one blog was costing the labels “approximately £15 m per year.” Perhaps in some fantasy land where the IFPI/RIAA is in charge of “new math,” but not anywhere in reality. Now, certainly some of these leaks may have broken the law, but at best they should be civil issues and actual harm should be proved, rather than fantasy harm. While RnBXclusive was a decently widely read blog among music blogs, Dajaz1 (who, again, knows in great detail how all this insanity works) is pointing out that if the £15m claim is accurate, then you could easily sum up all the music blogs around, and they would account for more losses than “what the recorded music industry has made total since the very first record deal was signed. Per year.”
Isn’t it time that law enforcement stopped relying on fantasy numbers and started living in reality? Especially when it comes to censoring blogs?