Kasimp3.co.za, a locally operated music sharing site, has been shut down. At its height, the site boasted over 1.2 million downloads.
Artists infringed against included:
- Crazy White Boy
- DJ Mphoza
- Chris Brown
- Far East Movement
- Julian Gomez
The following page now greets visitors:
Mzansi-music.co.za, an infringing site operated out of Durban and hosted by the ThePlanet.com Internet Services in Houston, TX has been taken down. Prior to being shut down, mzansi-music.co.za hosted a significant amount of local repertoire.
On Thursday, 21 of June 2012, at about 19:00 the Eshowe Crime Prevention Unit and Eshowe Crime Intelligence Unit members acted upon information and raided a residence in Eshowe – KZN. The owner of the residence, a 40 year old Congolese National in South Africa on asylum, was arrested.
The suspect is facing charges for contraveining the Copyright Act, 1978 (Act 98 of 1978), such charges flowing from the fact that he was found manufacturing, distributing and selling of infringing copies of records (music CD’s & DVD’s).
The goods found at the residence comprised of a desktop computer, scanner, printers and a tower disc duplicator and other equipment used in the illegal manufacturing of infringing music, and approximately 1000 copied discs valued at approximately R65000.
During interrogation the suspect indicated that he after manufacturing and selling the CD’s & DVD’s to street vendors who in turn resell it at major street intersections and at taxi ranks in the Eshowe area .
Initial investigations indicate that the same suspect was previously arrested on the 21st of April this year on similar charges. The suspect will appear in the Eshowe Magistrates court on 23rd of June 2012.
The Recording Industry of South Africa commends the members involved for their diligent work in curbing music piracy in KZN.
RiSA has agreed to amend the licence agreement, which dispensation should benefit jukebox operators. The new licensing dispensation will take effect from July 1st 2011 and will last for one year, i.e. for a trial period to expire on June 30th 2012.
RiSA will assess the performance of jukebox operators under the new dispensation in 2011/12 period and will then decide, in its sole discretion, whether to extend the new licensing dispensation, after June 30th 2012, or to revert to the licensing scheme currently in place. All current obligations stay in place until July 1st 2011.
Please note that the liability of the person/entity that has a jukebox in their tavern/pub/venue to pay a licence fee to SAMPRA for the performance in public of music sound recordings administered by SAMPRA, remains unchanged.
Notice dated: 20 June 2011
The past week the RAPU embarked on an investigation pertaining to replicated compact discs, sold at R50 (three disc booklet), in the Cyrildene area,Johannesburg. Information supplied indicated that the discs sold were counterfeit as mastering SID codes on the discs have been obliterated.
On Wednesday, 30th of May 2012 RAPU in conjunction with the South African Police’s Child Protection Unit, Johannesburg Metro Police and the South African Revenue Services raided a shop in Cyrildene, Johannesburg. Numerous titles of international artists were found and removed.
Hengji Video Shop – Cyrildene, Johannesburg
Examples of products removed.
Image of false IFPI mould & obliterated LBR SID codes
Samples of the removed music titles will be sent to the IFPI for forensic trace analysis to determine the origin of the counterfeit products.
Other items found were detained by SARS and the owner was ordered to produce importation documents.
Playlistcentral.co.za, an locally-run unlicensed streaming service, has been taken offline. The site itself was physically hosted in the US by the ISP, Softlayer Tech Inc. The streaming server was, in turn, hosted by Hosting Solutions International Inc. At the height of its operation, the site featured 1286 artists, 2905 albums and 39 658 songs which equated to a total of 76.09 GB (or 1 182 hours) of music.
The music sharing site, www.bloutant.hip.lt, run by a local group has successfully been taken down . The site originally listed numerous download links. The domain, bloutant.hip.lt, operated as a subdomain on the hip.lt network (the listed owner/registrar being a company called “Interneto vizija” – http://www.iv.lt/ – with its domain name servers hosted by the ISP, Penki Koninentai Ltd. in the city of Vilniaus, Lithuania).
The hip.lt server was, however, physically located in France and hosted by the ISP, OVH Systems (OVH SAS). The site’s file hosting server, s#.mywibes.com (with # being any number or character) was also hosted by OVH Systems, France.
RiSA worked closely with the SCPP (Société civile des Producteurs de Phonogrammes en France/Civil Society of Producers of Phonograms in France), with OVH Systems removing all infringing content.
The locally run website, http://www.omoya.co.za/, offering “Free South African Music”, has been cataloged and subsequently taken down. The domain itself was registered via a South African registrar (gridhost.co.za), with the website hosted by Theplanet.Com Internet Services Inc. in Dallas, TX.
Content hosted included:
- DJ Cleo – Facebook
- Black Coffee Feat Hugh Masekela – We Are One
- Reason – 15 Grand Remix
- Theo Kgosinkwe ft. Zonke – Thinking About You
- JF feat Die Heuwels Fantasties and Jack Parow
- Liquid Deep – BBM
- HHP feat Teargas, Liquid Deep – Born For This
- L-Tido feat Banky W – Aint My Fault
- JR – 18 July [Nelson Mandela Dedication]
- Maggz – Kukwamla
- Proverb feat Lungelo – The Beginning
Visitors are now greeted with “Account Suspended”:
- 1.5 million counterfeit music CDs
- 200 000 counterfeit movie DVDs
- R60 MILLION (CDs)
- R16 MILLION (DVDs)