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SOCA seizes a music blog domain

Splash page warns users could be prosecuted
Wed Feb 15 2012, 10:06

A MUSIC BLOG has been seized by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in the UK.

According to Tech Dirt, web site has been seized by UK law enforcement, which put up a splash page warning users that they will be prosecuted, and even put a copyright symbol on there.

The page warns users of the web site that they could face up to 10 years in prison if they have downloaded content, a claim that it might find hard to put into action.

Last year, the UK began to follow in the footsteps of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) domain seizures. The procedure wasn't rigorous, law enforcement just had to ask and Nominet, which handles domains, would take down the domain. However, Tech Dirt said this is the first non-Nominet domain it has heard of being subject to a UK law enforcement takedown.

The web site was a music blog that featured videos and commentary about new music, and was not specifically intended for downloading.

The INQUIRER spoke to SOCA, which confirmed that it has taken action against the domain, and that one individual has been arrested. µ


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