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Raid Conducted On Music Linking Site

Raid Conducted On Music Linking Site

Added: Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently raided a huge file-sharing link website devoted to news and rap and hip-hop music. In result, the servers of RapGodFathers, a website accounting for 150,000 members, were seized. In addition, they were trying to take over its domain name.
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There have been a number of raids this year resulted in taking out some websites and domain names linked to the streaming of Hollywood films. Now it’s the turn of music websites.

The agents of the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrived at a Dallas datacenter three days ago with orders based on a search warrant signed by US Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan on the 23rd of November, in order to shut down the RapGodFathers website (also known as RGF). They seized the site’s servers and took evidence on the website’s owners, admins and moderators. As the website had been operating for 5 years, the authorities were ordered to gather evidence right back to the 1st of April, 2005.

The website only contained links to mixtapes and albums in the hip-hop and rap genre. Many of such mixtapes helped new singers gain more popularity – for example, Chamillionaire, Drake, Wiz Khalifa. In addition, the service allowed the users to listen to an album before purchasing it, so that they could judge the quality. If users of RGF liked the music, they would post positive comments on the album, thus providing a given artist with a big success.

As usual, RapGodFathers hosted no copyright content itself and provided no direct downloads. Instead, it contained links to such file-hosting services as RapidShare or MegaUpload. In the past, the website had received DMCA takedown requests, but such cases were fairly rare events, so the site didn’t represent something that might interest the authorities – they always removed the links mentioned in any DMCA requests as soon as possible.

Like in the previous raids, the country’s authorities have taken control of the website’s domain name, which is now being seized and blocked with the registrar. Again, as after the previous raids, the service is now trying to get back on its feet with a new domain name. Thanks to its integration with social networks, RGF keeps its users informed via their Twitter and Facebook accounts, while trying to register a new domain outside the United States.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article




By:
SaM
November 30th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, November 30th, 2010



Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2010-11-30 15:14:08)
kingtiger01 avataragain... this is going to be the biggest group of mistakes the USA has ever done....



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