The hallowed halls of the Recording Industry Association of America, where all music is bought at full price and never shared, lest people face violations of up to $150,000 per pirated item, has reportedly been infiltrated by ne’er-do-wells who think they can BitTorrent copyrighted material at work and not be caught.
According to the folks at TorrentFreak, a check of the RIAA’s IP addresses on YouHaveDownloaded.com show that someone at the association actually downloaded a torrent with the entire first five seasons of Dexter. Sixty episodes at $150,000 per violation would equal $9 million.
There was also an episode of Law & Order: SVU that apparently went straight to an IP address at the RIAA, so slap on another $150,000.
First off, who in the world uses BitTorrent on their work computer? Maybe the RIAA peeps took a lesson from the porn-happy folks at the SEC.
Regardless, we’re just glad this person didn’t download the just-finished season of Dexter, because it was downright awful.
RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents [TorrentFreak via Gizmodo]
Thanks to Simon for the tip!