Report: Someone At The RIAA Downloaded $9 Million Worth Of Pirated Dexter Episodes

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 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!


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  1. Costner says:

    Chances of the television studios actually bothering to follow-up with this and/or seek damages? 0.000047%.

  2. kosmo @ The Soap Boxers says:

    I’m sure it was an RIAA researcher just verifying that the files did indeed contain pirated material. Quality assurance.

  3. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    Similar article title…

    “Traffic Cop Seen Speeding While Not On Pursuit.”

    • sagodjur says:

      …In someone else’s jurisdiction. This is the RIAA, not the MPAA.

      • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

        Ah…good point! I tend to lump them all together.

        In fact, I’m shocked that the RIAA doesn’t go after movie downloads, citing that RIAA covered songs are used in the film, and thus the person is downloading those songs.

        • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

          Eh MPAA will just treat the RIAA “researcher” like a cop who gets busted speeding while off duty, file this under professional courtesy.

        • diagoro says:

          I’ve heard first hand that from an RIAA rep that they’ve gone after sports bars for the music included in television commercials. Not much of a stretch to go after movies as well.

    • TasteyCat says:

      They always do that. Then they turn on their siren so they can get through the stop light.

    • Nunov Yerbizness says:

      “Surgeon General cutting back to a pack a day.”

  4. r-nice says:

    Oh the ironing.

  5. Nobody can say "Teehee" with a straight face says:

    If it was music, I’d guess they were harvesting people’s IPs to strongarm them into $3,000 settlements. But since it was dexter…

    Also, I’m surprised the trackers themselves don’t blacklist the RIAA’s known IP addresses.

  6. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Really, Chris? The latest season was awful? I’ve heard reports that is was possibly the best yet.

  7. samonela says:

    Totally related…

    Was the latest season of Dexter really that bad? I always have to wait for it to come out on DVD…no spoilers please?

    • Copper says:

      I thought it was great. Very suspenseful as usual. The villains aren’t as incredible as John Lithgow, but it’s pretty hard to top that guy.

      • wkm001 says:


      • Baphomet73 says:

        I’ve never understood the love for that season. I found Lithgow’s character to be a horrible caricature, though I suppose he did the best he could with it.

        Of course, I thought the season after that one was fantastic, so I realize I’m in the minority here…

    • hansolo247 says:

      I really enjoyed it.

      Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, and Mos Def were all very good.

    • lxa1023 says:

      Sorry… Dumbledore dies at the end.

    • castlecraver says:

      Yeah, I thought it kinda sucked. It’s worth watching, but it didn’t draw me in like past seasons. The new characters they introduced this season just weren’t that interesting, the obligatory romantic sideplots were just plain effed up, and there’s the cliffhanger ending that seriously pissed me off.

      High hopes for next season though, they definitely left themselves a lot of directions to choose from.

      • Szleegs says:

        I think now with only two seasons left, the time crunch will force them to cut the BS subplots and get to the meat of the stories.

    • The Porkchop Express says:

      Oh man, it’s great. The shrink is actually dead too! and the trees are doing it!

    • pop top says:

      After I saw the season 4 finale, I’m very wary of trying any of the rest of the series because I think it was a HUGE cop out. Seeing Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos is intriguing though. I’d just have to slog through season 5 first. :/

    • Geekybiker says:

      I enjoyed it. Not as much killing on the side as usual. I think people are disappointed that it didn’t deal with the whole religion issue as deeply as it could and instead just used it as theatrics.

    • Szleegs says:

      It sucked quite a bit. I was really excited for Colin Hanks, but I thought he really flopped. Not enough killing. Not enough edge-of-my-seat suspense of previous seasons. The love side stories are weird and don’t really add anything. I don’t understand what role Masuka’s intern is going to play, I thought that could have been defined, if not fleshed out, a little more clearly. LaGuerta should just be dead like in the first book. The religious motif was not 100% committed, it was just kind of half-assed. There was one weird episode that felt like it should have been a three episode arc with the Ice Truck Killer being another figment of Dexter’s imagination, only to show that there can be other figments floating around the series.

      • DJSeanMac says:

        The intern *clearly* knows who and what Dexter is. I’m certain he’s angling to be Dexter’s sidekick (or replacement). That being said, the producers are clear that Deb is leading the arc from here to the end. And given her experiences in this season and the prior, it’s going to be a very bumpy ride.

    • Martha Gail says:

      I thought it was far better than the season previous. That one was so bad. I felt like the writing and the story were sloppy this season, though. And the ending is obvious.

  8. LanMan04 says:

    480p? Ewwww

  9. jeni1122 says:

    This is awesome. Nice one, RIAA.

  10. ancientone567 says:

    The RIAA has to sue itself ROFL :P

  11. oldwiz65 says:

    Lots of the people who promote strong copyright or rant about piracy feel there they can download themselves.

  12. arcticJKL says:

    Quick! Where do I turn in tips and what reward do they offer!

  13. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    Moral of the story: VPN is your friend.

  14. shthar says:

    I think they’ve been punished enough.

  15. wrjohnston91283 says:

    11 gigs for 60 episodes? That’s 189megs per episode, and this is a 50 minute show. That’s an incredibly low 500kbps – music is encoded between 128-192 kbps.

    • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

      Yeah, that is pretty low. Most one hour shows run around 0.5 GB for decent quality, 1 or more GB for very good.

      • Nobody can say "Teehee" with a straight face says:

        Maybe it was a low resolution version for mobiles?

        • Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

          That’s what I was thinking. Probably the same device they use to store/play all their pirated music. :)

  16. micahdg says:

    These episodes are probably ideal for watching on smartphones.

  17. cajuncutie01 says:

    sigh, do I have to be the one to point this out?

    Don’t take it seriously

    The privacy policy, the contact us page — it’s all a joke. We came up with the idea of building a crawler like this and keeping the maintenance price under $300 a month. There was only one way to prove our theory worked — to implement it in practice. So we did. Now, we find ourselves with a big crawler. We knew what it did but we didn’t know how to use it. So we decided to make a joke out of it. That’s the beauty of jokes — you can make them out of anything.

    However, if you have a better idea — don’t hesitate to contact us.

    • teamplur says:

      Joke or not the data is still valid. Plenty of people have checked their own IPs and seen files they actually downloaded. What they mean by joke is that when you check your IP it’s supposed to startle you than almost anyone can actually see what you did.

  18. Bob says:

    I want to hear the explanation of that in court during the next innocent person the RIAA targets for “copyright infringement”

  19. 8bithero says:

    Do as I say…

  20. RocheCoach says:

    There is not one piece of electronic entertainment that exists anywhere in the world that is worth $150,000. End of story.

  21. maruawe says:

    This does not surprise me 1 iota. IF the truth(which won’t happen) they probably download a lot themselves to make the problem seem more than it was… I would not put it past them at all .
    Greedy sapsuckers