View Full Version : In the News: Police: download a file, go to jail for 10 years and pay an "unlimited" fine

02-18-2012, 09:30 PM
By Nate Anderson | Published 3 days ago

The 70,000 daily visitors to popular music site RnBXclusive.com were met with a purposely terrifying message on Tuesday and part of Wednesday. The UK's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) took the site down, arrested its operator, and threw up a splash page that warned downloaders of "up to 10 years imprisonment." Thought statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement in the US were ludicrous? SOCA warns that downloaders from the site could face an "unlimited fine under UK law."

Warning posted on above website here: http://static.arstechnica.net/assets/2012/02/soca-4f3c39e-intro-thumb-640xauto-30331.png

Read more here: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/02/police-download-a-file-go-to-jail-for-10-years-and-pay-an-unlimited-fine.ars?utm_source=Ars+Technica+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c3fbf8fee6-September_02_2011_Newsletter&utm_medium=email

And check out this image/warning from the officials here in the United States...

up to $250,000 and 5 years in prison.